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Digital Publishing Startups

Will Bardowl become the Spotify for audiobooks?

I recently came across Bardowl, a British startup that is looking to become the ‘Spotify for audiobooks’. Bardowl provides a streaming service for audiobooks, currently only available as an iPhone app. This new service is looking to upset established audiobook download business Audible (owned by Amazon). How is Bardowl looking to do this? Streaming – Bardowl streams audiobooks directly […]

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Amazon Digital Content eCommerce Technology

Amazon is really getting into interactive TV

Back in January, Amazon acquired Lovefilm to strengthen its position in the online video market. It has now bought Pushbutton a London-based digital agency specialised in interactive television content and services for new platforms such as Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), internet-enabled TV sets and tablets. Pushbutton counts the linkes of Sky, BBC, Virgin and Microsoft among its clients […]

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Amazon eCommerce User Experience

UX features for online retailers to consider

I just read a really insightful piece by Paul Bryan on 10 Absentee UX Features on Top e-Commerce Sites. His agency, Usography, has conducted a Retailer UX audit, looking at the 100 top retail websites. The audit highlighted some key user experience (UX) features for brands to consider. From the 10 features that Bryan listed in […]

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Digital Content Digital Publishing Digital Strategy Online Trends

Pottermore and the digital publishing extravaganza

ebook publishing is taking off in more way than one. Back in April the Association of American Publishers reported triple-digit growth in ebook sales. Earlier this week Louise Voss and Mark Edwards became the first “indie authors” to top the UK ebooks chart. Finally to top it all off, JK Rowling, author of the iconic “Harry […]

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Digital Strategy Online Trends

How robust will Netflix’ business model turn out to be?

The acquisition of Lovefilm by Amazon has really got me interested in this business of online DVD rentals and video streaming. It’s fair to say that Lovefilm’s key metrics are completely gazumped by Netflix’ numbers, its US competitor: 1.6m European subscribers (Lovefilm) vs.19.7m US subscribers (Netflix). But even a successful business like Netflix is not […]