The publisher teams up with Milq, a social content-sharing platform where users can create multimedia ‘playlists’ (called “beads”) on any subject, to launch a Books channel.
The partnership represents an effort on Simon & Schuster’s part to address two persistent bugbears of digital publishing: boosting direct engagement between authors and readers, and facilitating discovery. In addition to offering a common forum for content creators and consumers, Milq also combines a recommendation algorithm with user curation to help users find new content.
The collaboration launches with Simon & Schuster heavyweights like Walter Isaacson starting their own beads on Milq.
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Amazon Distributes Washington Post (Businessweek)
When Jeff Bezos bought the newspaper last year, many wondered whether it would ever intersect with Amazon. Now it has. Amazon’s new line of Fire tablets will come with a Washington Post app pre-installed. More details.
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Why Amazon’s Betting on India (Nasdaq)
Many see Amazon’s $2 billion investment in the Indian market this summer as a vote of confidence in its growth potential. That much is obvious. Here’s one analyst’s take on the sources of Amazon’s optimism.
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Bertelsmann Gets Bigger (Reuters)
The majority owner of Penguin Random House, which also held 74.9% of the European magazine group Gruner + Jahr, now takes full ownership of the company in a bid to bulk up its digital assets.
McGraw-Hill Helps Libraries Add Professional Ebooks (DBW)
Partnering with Baker & Taylor’s academic division, the publisher adds over 1,700 titles to the GOBI3 platform widely used by libraries and institutions to access digital content.
Browser-Based E-Reading Expands (Talking New Media)
Aquafadas recently launched a new HTML5-sourced web reader that widens the options for browser-based digital content. Here, one of the developers behind explains why publishers should take note.
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Elsevier Adds Subject Areas to Ebook Collection (Elsevier–Press Release)
To meet rising demand for Elsevier’s ebook catalog of classic scholarly titles, the content provider incorporates five new subject areas to its 13,000-title Legacy collection.
University Bookstore Scraps Book Inventory (The Digital Reader)
A small Florida university removes physical books from its campus bookstore as part of a push toward embracing digital education. The administration explains why.
New Indie Imprint for Progressive Sports Books (PW)
Amid the furor surrounding the NFL’s handling of sexual assault cases and other issues, Akashic Books launches Edge of Sports Books under the direction of the Nation’s David Zirin. The imprint will publish its first titles in 2016.