On deep linking to bring departed app users back

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

It’s funny how an article intended to be informative and instructive to one audience can be downright disturbing to another, can’t it? That’s the thought I had when I ran across this article on ReadWrite about deep links. It’s fairly up-front about who it’s meant for and what it’s meant [...]

Has your writing got rhythm? Find out with Typedrummer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

Writers: concerned about the rhythms and cadences in your sentences? Try plugging them into Typedrummer, an unique online wheeze that’s basically a drum machine for text. Each letter is apparently keyed to a particular sound or beat, meaning that you can produce the most mind-destroying [...]

More on the ‘Content’ Question

By Joanna Cabot
January 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

‘Content’ seems to be the buzzword of 2015 so far—first, there was the content ‘glut’ story I posted on January 3 and then yesterday, the issue of international users who avail themselves of VPNs to watch the American version of Netflix. Also yesterday, our friends at [...]

Morning Links: Content shakeout in 2015. CES 2015 expectations

By Joanna Cabot
January 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

2015 Reading Challenge Roundup (Book Riot) And, since keeping a resolution is easier if you’re keeping it with friends, I thought joining in on a reading challenge might help me stick to it. *** Predictions for 2015: Content Shakeout, More Tracking, Measurement Muddle (Media Shift) If you thought [...]

Some content marketing options – with a bunch of ebook sites you may not have heard of

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ebooks are consistently bundled under content in marketing circles, through the same skewed categorization that dubs advertisers as “publishers.” And of course, this means that any eager self-publisher busy promoting their wares is engaged in content marketing. Hence the infographic [...]

Weekend Links: Americans engaged with libraries, Joyland to be released as ebook and more

By Joanna Cabot
March 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Pew: Americans Are Actively Engaged with Public Libraries (Publishers Weekly) Just in time for the 2014 Public Library Association Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., the Pew Research Center Thursday released a long anticipated “typology” of Americans and their library use. *** Five Ways Startups [...]

Morning Roundup: BookLikes integrates with Kindle, Nintendo kills functionality for Wii and DS titles and mor

By Joanna Cabot
March 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Blog Platform for Book Lovers BookLikes Integrates With Kindle (Digital Book World) BookLikes, free and independent blog platform designed for book lovers, introduces reading progress synchronization for Amazon Kindle. *** Nintendo Kills Functionality for Wii, DS Titles, Highlighting the Need for [...]

Article reformatters and ad-blockers present ‘DVR problem’ for online content

By libertyc
December 4, 2013 // 2 Comments

On Digiday, John McDermott calls attention to the impending “DVR problem” online content faces, in light of all the content-reformatting apps such as Readability that can automatically save web articles and cull advertising before consumers even have a chance to see it—just like DVRs allow [...]

Licensing vs. Owning Content

By libertyc
October 23, 2013 // 5 Comments

It is a debate so common that I don’t even need to pull up citations for this one. Do you own your ebooks? Or is what you are paying for merely a license to use the content in ways which the content seller pre-approves for you? On the ‘it’s only a license’ side are the terms [...]

Is the 'Download' Model For Technology Going to Become Obsolete?

By libertyc
October 19, 2013 // 3 Comments

The Beloved and I have had many an amusing conversation about how we would explain the technology of our youths to the children in our lives. I think they will find the computer mouse hilariously quaint, and the notion that if you wanted to phone somebody and they were not home, that was it will I [...]

Google Chromecast: One more thing to annoy the content providers

By libertyc
July 26, 2013 // 1 Comment

All Things D has a great article today on the Google Chromecast and the probable reaction from content providers. Our own Paul St John Mackintosh has already written about Chromecast, so if you need to catch up, check out his excellent article. But if you’re just joining us, know that for [...]

Even in the digital age, the quality and availability of content are still king

By libertyc
May 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

In all the fuss over digital vs. paper, cord cutters vs. subscribers, this format vs. that one, two stories crossed my inbox today that showed me, yet again, even in this digital age, the two most important things—quality and availability—remain the same. It doesn’t matter what [...]

Cord Cutters, Digital Mooches and the Content Conundrum of the Future

By libertyc
March 29, 2013 // 1 Comment

Dan linked to a great article in today’s Morning Links roundup about ‘digital mooches,’ aka the 20-somethings who may be leaving Mom and Dad’s house in the coming years, yet seem to have no plans to leave their parents’ cell phone contracts or Netflix subscriptions. I [...]

Technology Overload In Education: Stop the Madness!

By libertyc
January 15, 2013 // 4 Comments

Fresh off the heels of CES and the Polaroid Kids Tablet and the iThis and the iThat, I have a confession to make about technology in education. And here it is: We actually don’t need any more technology. We don’t, really! That might be a strange thing to say in this age of tech [...]

Might a $150 ad-blocking proxy endanger web publishing?

By libertyc
November 12, 2012 // 8 Comments

The Internet has a love-hate relationship with advertising. Many users of the web consider web ads obnoxious. Many publishers of content on the web consider them vital. And as a result, there’s been an arms race between ad purveyors and ad blockers for as long as ads have been around, despite [...]

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