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August 2012

31 August 2012

Chinese, Russian Publishers Expecting More Cooperation


Publishers associations of China and Russia on Friday signed a framework agreement to boost bilateral cooperations and exchanges.

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Libraries battle with e-book publishers

Libraries are having to engage in new discussions with publishers and booksellers over electronic books, similar to those already settled in the printed-book world and with loans of CDs and DVDs, says Association of Public Library Managers chair Ian Littleworth.

The question of e-book lending is discussed in a wide-ranging strategy document, flagged by Computerworld earlier this month and now published by the association. The main issue is that many publishers protect e-books in libraries with digital rights management which restricts the number of times the book can be issued before a fresh copy has to be bought. This stretches library budgets, Littleworth says.

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30 August 2012

United Russia proposes punishing its anonymous Internet critics

United Russia is preparing plans to mute its Internet critics by amending the recently adopted law criminalising libel, according the State Duma’s deputy speaker and UR member, Sergei Zheleznyak.

For now, anonymously posted snarky posts and tongue-in-cheek comments about the country’s ruling party, including the viral label “United Russia is a party of thieves and crooks” penned by anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, are not punishable.

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29 August 2012

Facespook: Russian spies order $1mln software to influence social networks

Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) has ordered three systems worth about US$1 million that will automatically spread information on the Internet.

The systems were ordered in a three separate tenders and the official client’s name is Military Unit 54939, but Kommersant Daily newspaper, which broke the news, writes that according to its sources this military unit belongs to the Foreign Intelligence Service’s structure.

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28 August 2012

Russian authorities spend 30 million rubles on social networks monitoring

Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service announced three closed auctions worth more than 30 million rubles with the aim of developing new methods for monitoring blogs and social networks.

The main goal of the initiative is the “mass distribution of informational messages on social networks with the aim of influencing public opinion.”

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27 August 2012

Global Book Publishing Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

Lower disposable income hampered discretionary spending on books and, therefore, hampered Global Book Publishing industry growth during the past five years. A transition toward digital technology also dented revenue due to the difficulty of pricing e-books, which are intrinsically different from printed products. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Agata Kaczanowska, the investments necessary to transition toward digital publishing also led to consolidation within the industry: they resulted in a 2.5% annualized decline in firms to 16,467 in the five years to 2012. New forms of entertainment also forced book publishers to increasingly compete with other media, including self-publishers and free e-books. Consequently, the industry is forecast to decline at an annualized five-year rate of 2.5% to total $108.7 billion in 2012, which includes a 3.7% drop in 2012 alone.

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24 August 2012

Harper’s Bazaar Advertising Campaign

Harper’s Bazaar, one of the world’s most authoritative magazines, turns 145 in 2012. As part of the event, the Russian edition of the publication will launch a large-scale advertising campaign on Aug. 21.

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23 August 2012

Extreme Adventure with Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics magazine announces the “Win an Extreme Adventure” contest. Participants must enter a promotional code found in either the print or iPad version of the magazine and upload their most extreme photo to Readers will vote for their favorite action shots.

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22 August 2012

Men's Health Upgrades to More Interactive iPhone Edition

Rodale's Men's Health, which launched a PDF replica for the iPhone in June, has significantly stepped up the mobile edition to be, in a sense, a mini-iPad version of the magazine with greater interactivity and navigation. But rather than squeezing the tablet edition into the iPhone format, the mobile version has been reimagined specifically for the small screen.

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21 August 2012

“Data Driven Thinking” is written by members of the media community and containing fresh ideas on the digital revolution in media.

My friend and colleague Todd Herman (LinkedIn) once wrote a strategy paper about video content when we worked together at Microsoft. Called “Don’t be food,” it was a brilliant paper that laid out a strategy for effectively competing in a world where content is distributed everywhere by anyone.  I love the concept of “Don’t be food.”  It applies to so many existing business models, but clearly where Todd initiated it – Media – it applies incredibly well.

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