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Whither Science Publishing? | The Scientist   Leave a comment

“As we stand on the brink of a new scientific age, how researchers should best communicate their findings and innovations is hotly debated in the publishing trenches.”

via Whither Science Publishing? | The Scientist.


Posted August 5, 2012 by arnoneumann in Publishing, Science

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Peecho’s “License to Print” nets it $750,000 in funding | VentureBeat   Leave a comment

For a writer, nothing beats the romance of seeing your work in high-quality print. No screen can compete with the silky feel of the paper, an excess of glossy photographs and that special smell of a new page.

Peecho, which just raised $750,000, lets visitors to a website or application transform pixels into print by clicking on its embedded print button. The print button connects to a cloud of print facilities all over to world which can produce any chosen magazine, photo album, poster or book.

Founders Martijn Groot and Sander Nagtegaal met at photo book printers AlbumPrinter which ran huge printing facilities churning out 16,000 photo books a day, each one different. “We saw that people were telling their own story in digital media,” says Groot, “but still wanted physical products.”

Most online content is not print ready. “PDF doesn’t have a spine,” says Groot. There is a bewildering range of digital publishing file formats. This is the reason that there are plenty of sites that let you print a photo album or maybe order a magazine on demand, but most services only print one type of product via a single print facility.

Peecho connects to a cloud print network of specialised printing facilities all over the world and aggregates orders from different customers. Most print facilities currently have excess capacity and Peecho can connect a new facility within 2 weeks, a process that would formerly would have taken months. The company takes a markup of each order on top of the wholesale printing price and also provides a white-label solution.

Most of the sites and applications which currently use the print button have never had print products as part of their offerings. Peecho will launch a service in February with digital publishing platfom Issuu, which has 50 million readers and adds 201,000 new titles every month. A visitor will be able to choose to print a magazine, paperback or hardback in color or black and white.

Only about 5 percent of Issuu’s content is currently available in print. “A lot of titles are never published in print because the volume isn’t large enough,” says Groot. That makes Peecho the long tail of print publishing, or as Groot calls it, “professional printing for the masses.”

On-demand printing is still more expensive than off-the-shelf. A supermarket magazine which costs $5 might cost $7 dollars to print on demand but Groot expects prices to drop as volume increases. While Peecho’s customers are still mainly digital publishers, social media services like Walnuts, which creates books based on Facebook content, are increasingly offering print products.

Groot claims that while there are competitors in different sectors, for example Fotomoto to print photographs for professional photographers, no other company covers multiple print formats and facilities.

Peecho’s new funding comes from Peak Capital and DHG Holding, B.V. and will mainly be spent on expanding the company’s global sales force and scaling up the business. The company is based in Amsterdam, has 4 employees and was founded in 2010.

via Peecho’s “License to Print” nets it $750,000 in funding | VentureBeat.

Posted January 21, 2012 by arnoneumann in Media

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The Music Runs Through Our Veins   Leave a comment

…”As social animals, we want to discover and share music, and external forces are working in concert to unbundle all types of media. These forces helped produce services like Grooveshark and Rdio, new incarnations of the Rhapsody subscription model, where users pay monthly fees to access catalogs and additional fees to carry that music with them. In parallel, services like Shazam and SoundHound help us identify music we hear, and,, and 8tracks help us create new playlists and keep track of what we listen to over time.

In 2011, these primal urges have roared to life, producing a flurry of services aimed at helping us discover, share, and network around music experiences. A few have built on the “following/follower” model, such as SoundCloud, which allows users to capture and share a variety of sounds (not limited to music), and SoundTracking, which allows users to broadcast the songs they’re currently listening to. A new service, Rexly, adds a recommendation layer on top of iTunes accounts, built on the intuition that we don’t discover music we like via the wisdom of the crowd, but rather through a small group of influential friends we admire. All of these companies are interesting in the sense that they create a dedicated channel for us to discover, share, and build relationships around music online.

Then there’s the 800-pound gorilla in the room: Facebook. The current rumor is that the largest social network will shortly launch a new offering integrated with Spotify that gives users access to a massive song catalog, with the added sweetener that Facebook already has captured information around what musicians we “like,” giving it an opportunity to provide targeted add-on services alongside our favorite tracks. With Sean Parker advising Spotify, it seems as if his presence alone will make this happen on a massive scale.”


via The Music Runs Through Our Veins.

Music sharing evolves….

Posted June 11, 2011 by arnoneumann in music

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Entertainment learnings from global thought leaders at Paris’ eG8 | MIDEMBlog   Leave a comment

Entertainment learnings from global thought leaders at Paris’ eG8 | MIDEMBlog.

Rare to have   insight into the thoughts of such influential persons from the eG8….which ” assembled some of the greatest movers and shakes in media and the internet to debate government’s role in the web; but also essential notions of copyright protection, the internet’s importance to society, and how to foster innovation. Ideas gathered over the two days were then presented to the world’s leaders gathering at the G8 meeting in Deauville, from May 26. “

Posted May 26, 2011 by arnoneumann in Internet

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What is “Innovation Journalism?” Does it have a future? | ZDNet   Leave a comment

This is an interesting topic and critical to our information processing form the traditional media sources ie newspaers, TV, magazines etc.

There is a requirement to process information quickly , but also with throughness and depth. There is simply too much happening in our world for any traditional media to process… hence the role and opportunity for bloggers, Think Tanks , consultants and Citizen Journalists.

A very good article  from Tom Foremski…I have not seen any other article with this angle yet.

What is “Innovation Journalism?” Does it have a future? | ZDNet.

“I’m spending much of this week at the 8th Conference on Innovation Journalism at Stanford University, speaking on panels, keynoting on ethics, and listening and discussing “innovation journalism” with journalists and academics.

But what is innovation journalism?

David Nordfors, the founder of the conference and Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Innovation and Communication, describes it in this way:

-It uses the same best practices of journalism that apply to quality reporting of any kind.

– It’s a way to describe a specific type of beat that produces stories that include elements of tech, business, culture, and political reporting.

– Calling it by a specific label: innovation journalism — allows people to discuss its unique qualities.

Journalism beyond the silo…

Mr Nordfors believes that journalism is stuck in silos: a story is either about politics, business, arts, sports, celebrity, etc. Innovation journalism is about reporting stories that cut across these silos and producing a far more valuable form of journalism about an important subject.

It’s certainly a more fulfilling form of journalism for a reporter, and one that produces a more interesting story for readers. So why don’t we see more of this type of reporting? “

Posted May 25, 2011 by arnoneumann in Journalism

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Digitizing the Big Apple | Sustainable Cities Collective   Leave a comment

“executiv e summary

New York City is one of the world’s leading digital metropolises.

As Part I: State of the Digital City illustrates, New York City government

engages over 25 million people a year through more than 200

digital channels including, mobile applications, and social

media. As a pioneer in Open Government, New York City government

has unlocked thousands of public records, enabling technologists

to build tools that help New Yorkers everyday, from finding

parking spaces to listening to audio tours of Central Park. One of

the nation’s most connected municipalities, New York City’s digital

sector growth propelled it to rank second in venture capital funding

last year. By every digital index, the City of New York is thriving.

But we can do more. Road Map for the Digital City outlines a path

to build on New York City’s successes and establish it as the world’s

top-ranked Digital City, based on indices of Internet access, Open

Government, citizen engagement, and digital industry growth.

Part II: Digital Input is informed by 90 days of research and over

4,000 points of engagement from residents, City employees, and

technologists who shared insights and ideas”

Digitizing the Big Apple | Sustainable Cities Collective.

Posted May 23, 2011 by arnoneumann in Cities

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