Publishing/Writing: Insights, News, Intrigue

12/07/2010

Digital Newspapers with ‘Live Layer’ Can Stream Live Breaking News Stories!


Digital newspapers using Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite for Newspaper Tablet Editions can stream live breaking news stories and updates using the ‘Live Layer’ function of the suite.

Damn, this is good, no?

Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, and part of the Bonnier international publishing group, is the first publication to enter daily production using the subject Adobe Suite.

This BusinessWire press release has details:

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that the Bonnier international publishing group has selected the Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite for its development of the tablet newspaper publishing platform, News Plus. Bonnier’s News Plus platform will be used to create tablet editions of leading Bonnier Group news magazines with a total daily print circulation of more than 800,000. The first News Plus based edition expected to enter daily production is Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, which launched its Apple iPad News Plus app in the Apple App Store yesterday.

Following Dagens Nyheter, Bonnier plans to launch four additional dailies on their News Plus platform, including Sydsvenskan, Expressen, Dagens Industri and Børsen. Built using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, the Bonnier news magazine initiates a dialogue with readers, while staying on top of a 24-hour content cycle. Beginning with Dagens Nyheter, Bonnier is making innovative use of the Web View functionality in the Adobe Content Viewer to display and push HTML5 content to readers as it happens throughout the day. In addition, the company has implemented a publisher direct model for subscription payments and scheduled content distribution using the Digital Publishing Suite.

“Adobe Digital Publishing Suite has been a key element in the development of our News Plus platform,” said Tore Fjaertoft, chief technology officer, Bonnier Digital. “We were challenged to efficiently and quickly create novel reading experiences that map to our business goals. The innovative Adobe Digital Publishing Suite enables us to design and produce a daily newspaper application within a very rigorous and fast paced production cycle while supporting our subscription based business model.”

Following Dagens Nyheter, Bonnier plans to launch four additional dailies on their News Plus platform, including Sydsvenskan, Expressen, Dagens Industri and Børsen. Built using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, the Bonnier news magazine initiates a dialogue with readers, while staying on top of a 24-hour content cycle. Beginning with Dagens Nyheter, Bonnier is making innovative use of the Web View functionality in the Adobe Content Viewer to display and push HTML5 content to readers as it happens throughout the day. In addition, the company has implemented a publisher direct model for subscription payments and scheduled content distribution using the Digital Publishing Suite.

“Adobe Digital Publishing Suite has been a key element in the development of our News Plus platform,” said Tore Fjaertoft, chief technology officer, Bonnier Digital. “We were challenged to efficiently and quickly create novel reading experiences that map to our business goals. The innovative Adobe Digital Publishing Suite enables us to design and produce a daily newspaper application within a very rigorous and fast paced production cycle while supporting our subscription based business model.”

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12/13/2009

Bonnier Corp To Expand Magazine Brands into Book Publishing


Who said all publishers are just surviving at best. Bonnier Corp has gone on offense!

This Swedish publishing company has been doing just the opposite of most publishers these days and has been on a buying rampage goobling up many magazine empires and now a book publishing firm as well!

Folio Magazine’s Jason Fell reported on 12 Dec 2009:
Bonnier Corp. has taken another step in its aggressive acquisition plan, only this time not in magazine publishing. The Swedish-owned company said Wednesday that it has acquired Weldon Owen Publishing and will create a book division to manage it.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Weldon Owen, however, has annual revenues of approximately $20 million.

Bonnier said adding Weldon Owen will allow the company to expand its existing magazine brands and content into book publishing projects. The company said it is considering bookazines, collectible yearbooks and other book products for sale on newsstands and online.

Founded in 1984 in Sydney, Australia, Weldon Owen Publishing develops and publishes illustrated reference, lifestyle and education books and has worked with several specialty retailer clients including Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn. It formerly was part of Bonnier Publishing in the U.K.

Bonnier also said it has redesigned its corporate logo as part of a branding effort to align all of the Bonnier company’s worldwide with a similar look.

Bonnier has been on a buying spree over the last 15 months. Most recently, it bought Conceive magazine from its founder and a group of investors. Most notably, Bonnier acquired American Photo, Boating, Flying, Popular Photography and Sound & Vision magazines from Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. in June.

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