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Impelsys recognized as a Top 100 Company in Digital Content by eContent Magazine

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

The past months of 2013 have been quite rewarding, with Impelsys being recognized for its exemplary services. A market leader in electronic content delivery solutions, the company featured in Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in the US. Further, we also featured in eContent Magazine’s List of the Best Digital Companies in 2013. Endorsed for our flagship product, iPublishCentral serves as a cloud-based platform for eBook delivery to allow publishers warehouse, deliver, distribute, market, and sell their eBooks to readers. This platform, publishers can deliver content online, in a quick and cost-effective manner, thereby adding to their revenue streams. Having an experience of more than a decade, we aspire to develop a vision and strategy to build tangible, long-term digital success and assist publishers and educational institutions around the world to leverage technology in eBooks and online content.

As a publishing technology firm, we help publishers take their business to the next level digitally. Our products iPublishCentral and KnowledgePlatform have been well accepted by the industry and the network of publishers we work with, stand testimony to that fact. Working with publishers from all walks of the industry, we provide them with flexible platform solutions to meet specific content demands. While iPublishCentral is a SaaS-based eBook delivery infrastructure solution, through its KnowledgePlatform solutions, Impelsys has been building customized content portals for more journals, reference work, multimedia, online courses, and so on.

Impelsys is known for thought leadership, technical excellence, and high standards of customer service. A number of the biggest content brands and education institutes have collaborated with Impelsys to help them spread knowledge. Driven by our dedication to offer superior digital solutions to publishers across the world, this ranking endorses our capabilities and fires our zest for continuous innovation.

We are looking forward to the New Year where we can devote ourselves more, exclusively to delivering the most innovative, cost-effective, and flexible learning technologies and services to the global market.

Here is the full list of companies in the eContent Top 100 Content Companies list:

http://www.econtentmag.com/Articles/Editorial/Feature/The-Top-100-Companies-in-the-Digital-Content-Industry-The-2013-2014-EContent-100-92637.htm

http://www.econtentmag.com/Articles/Editorial/View-From-The-Top/View-from-the-Top-Impelsys-Inc.-93322.htm

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Amazon: Changing the publishing landscape

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Technology has penetrated  every industry and publishing industry is no exception. The sprawling giant ‘Amazon’ has tremendously expanded its ambitions this year and is now at a verge of adding some more to its kitty. Throughout the year, Amazon was in the news for various reasons like - mergers & acquisitions - and biggest among them was the release of the Kindle Fire.

Amazon was initially known only for selling ‘stuff’ and has now spread completely into eBook business by establishing its own hardware to promote the books. Amazon started 2011 with a bang, when Amazon.com sold more Kindle books than paperback books and towards the end of the year made its presence felt by aggressively quoting a lesser price for the Kindle Fire than the iPad 2. Here are some facts:

January: Amazon launched Amazon deals, a free iPhone App that provides an overview of daily deals to the customers.

March: Amazon joined the online music streaming business with Cloud Player, a music player that allows anyone to upload the music to Amazon’s servers and stream them on the web, an Android device, iPad or a Kindle Fire.

April: Amazon launched the Android equivalent of Apple’s App Store to improve the Google’s Android market shopping experience, the go-to store to purchase Android apps with unique test drive feature. Read more: http://mashable.com/2011/03/22/amazon-appstore-android/

May: Amazon hits the runway with MyHabit.com, a membership-only shopping site that offers sales up to 60% off clothes and accessories for men, women and children. The site also offers discounts on toys, beauty and home products. It was in this month that Amazon added a new member to the Kindle family: a 6-inch Kindle 3G. Only four years old, Amazon’s Kindle eBooks outsold physical books purchased on Amazon. For every 100 print books sold, 105 Kindle eBooks were sold. Amazon launched the Mac Downloads Store, a direct competitor to Apple’s Mac App Store.

June: In another European deal, Amazon acquired The Book Depository, a UK-based online bookseller that offers more than 6 million book titles and free delivery worldwide. Read more:http://mashable.com/2011/07/04/amazon-aquisition/

September: Details about Amazon’s Android-based tablet emerged ahead of Amazon’s press event.

November: Amazon’s Kindle eReaders and tablets sold exceptionally well on Black Friday, especially the Kindle Fire, which was the bestselling product on Amazon.com that day. Read more:http://mashable.com/2011/11/28/black-friday-kindle/

December: Amazon Publishing Acquires Children’s Imprint Marshall Cavendish. Read more:http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/amazon-buys-450-marshall-cavendish-childrens-books_b43471

With the publishing industry evolving ever so dynamically, Amazon seems to be seizing the opportunity to captivate as big a market as it can through diversified strategies and plans. Now the big question here is, will the publishers and literary agents be able to withstand such a change and challenge?

With Amazon having gained the experience and power to develop, publish and distribute its own books, it will be interesting to study its relevance in the publishing circle.  Amazon has changed the landscape of the publishing industry totally by having its say in all spheres and it is clear now that we have entered a “dynamic world of publishing”.

This article was featured in the iPublishCentral Newsletter. To subscribe to our newsletters, write to us at marketing@impelsys.com

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Multi Format Support on iPublishCentral

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012!

One of the key themes for updates to iPublishCentral in 2011 was support for reading of eBooks on a variety of devices like the iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, and Android smartphones. Smaller screen sizes on these devices makes it very difficult to read “fixed-format” content (like PDF) that is intended for larger screen resolutions. The solution to this problem is to provide content in formats like EPUB that re-flows or automatically adapts to fit the display resolution of the device on which it is being read. As consumption of eBooks on mobile devices is increasing, it is imperative for publishers to make their content available in a variety of formats so that their customers can read on a device that they prefer.

iPublishCentral now makes it possible to associate multiple file formats with an eBook. An eBook on iPublishCentral can be made available for sale in PDF, EPUB, and mobi file formats. Publisher can configure an appropriate file format to be delivered based on the device on which it will be read.

For example, iPublishCentral can be configured to deliver the eBook in EPUB file format when the eBook is accessed from an iPad and deliver the eBook in PDF file format when it is being accessed from a laptop or a computer. Multi format support also ensures that there is a single listing of the product on the end user portal.

Publishers are also provided the flexibility of pricing the different file formats either independently or as a bundle. For example, a publisher can decide to price a title at $10 for reading on the iPhone, iPad, and computers/laptops by making the PDF and EPUB file formats available for that price. Alternatively, the publisher can price the same title at $5 for reading on the computer/laptop by only providing the PDF format of the title and $7 for reading on the iPhone and iPad by only providing the EPUB format of the title.

In order to enable customers to read eBooks after purchase, iPublishCentral provides dedicated apps for reading on the computer/laptops, iPad, iPhone and Android smartphones, and Android tablets. iPublishCentral will continue to support new and emerging trends to stay relevant to the needs of publishers and end users.

Please share your thoughts on trends that will become important in future ipublishcentral dot com or pandith.jp at impelsys dot com

This article was featured in the iPublishCentral Newsletter. To subscribe to our newsletters, write to us at marketing@impelsys.com

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Understanding the ‘Readership’ paradigm

Friday, February 17th, 2012

To know  your readers better, it’s important to peep into the readership paradigm and understand the dynamics of a reader’s mind. We have tried to collate certain attributes that largely explain how important it is to know your readers before formulating a strategy to even reach them.

  • Understanding the reader’s experience

To better formulate your plans, the best way to start is to understand the reader behavior patterns and stay updated of the key industry trends.  It is absolutely essential to buy books from different retailers, download them on to your device and read them. This is a relatively a small monetary investment compared to the insights you will receive in doing so.

  • Adapt the technology that readers are using

To best reflect the technology adoption in your digital publishing assets, the first step is to understand the technology that the readers are skewed towards. It’s important to understand the metrics of how and where most of the readers are reading their books today. The winning side is the one that will embrace the new technologies, and figure out how to leverage them into revenue.

  • Track your readers online

To better understand what your readers are reading and what topics they are following, it’s important to track them where they are – Online. Publisher analytics has gained momentum. Your readers are more than Google Analytics’ “Unique Visitors” and “Page Views.” They are people with unique backgrounds, needs, and wants. They have problems for which they visit your blog to get solutions. Many of your readers are like-minded individuals having similar needs and desires. However, the keyword here is “individual”. Each reader will view your content within their own context. To be successful, you need to be aware not just of needs and wants but of context so you offer the right solutions for your readers.

Become a Reader

The best way to understand you readers is to become one!

Not knowing much about your readers brings extreme struggle to provide relevant and valuable content and information, which will eventually translate into inability to build readership, authority and generate income.  The best way to interpret your readers and understand their reading habits more clearly, still remains to be in becoming a reader of your own content.

This article was featured in the iPublishCentral Newsletter. To subscribe to our newsletters, write to us at marketing@impelsys.com

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Launch of the Sesame eBookstore

Friday, May 28th, 2010

On March 20th we finally launched the Sesame Workshop eBookstore. The launch was followed by a spate of e-mails from subscribers telling us how thrilled they were to finally lay their eyes on the digital versions of their favorite stories and to see the characters come to life. This followed by overwhelming response from mainline media, television news and bloggers who covered the news about the launch, had us in high spirits. Working with a household brand like Sesame Street has been very special to us and with this launch our hard work and nights of toil finally saw the light of day.

Brands like Sesame Workshop opting to convert as many as 900 of their 5000 published print titles into eBooks, definitely marks a milestone in publishing. Traditional publishing, while still very much a part of the industry is incomplete without its digital counterparts.

In the past year, the publishing fraternity has gained critics and patrons, received praise and condemnation, faced evolution and revolution, been named the light of the future and the black hole of failure. But one thing that unites those critics and the patrons is the realization that the eBook cannot and will not be ignored.

The stamp of approval and the verdict has been passed with brands like Sesame Workshop going the eBook way. While there has been much debate on the subject of eBook pricing, Sesame Workshop has opted to go with the subscription based pricing model.

Fans, parents, teachers and schools can subscribe to get unlimited access to a library of more than 100 Sesame Street eBooks for an annual subscription price of $39.99, with a special early bird offer at $24.99. Titles are offered in a variety of formats such as eBooks that allow a child to read along at their own pace; audio eBooks that contain narration, sound effects, and music as well as animated and interactive eBooks that bring beloved Sesame Street characters and stories to life in full-color animation inviting children to play along and learn.

So do take a look at the brand new Sesame Street eBook store, show it, share it and relive your childhood with your kids, nieces, nephews, neighbor’s kids, the noisy ones down the lane and every Sesame Street fan you know. And, if you want a sneak peek before subscribing, they also have 5 free eBooks introduced every month!

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TOC 2010. Everything I learned.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

It’s been a month since the conference, and I still haven’t gotten over the whole “TOC experience”. My mind keeps going back to all the discussions we had, and I find myself constantly pondering over opinions expressed, predictions made and in general, visualizing what the outlook of our industry might look like few years down the line.

Having worked closely with the publishing industry for over a decade, it was both inspiring and exciting to see publishers from all around the world come together with the realization that change is here to stay. Encouraging, was to note how earnest publishers were towards understanding this change and the focus they have towards preparing themselves for the future.

In this blog, I would like to share a few anecdotes, and what I thought was especially interesting and defining for the future of our industry.  For the past ten years we have studied the dynamics of the publishing industry, its trends, changing reader habits and one session that struck an instant chord with me was by Peter Collingridge from Enhanced Editions. He describes the work he does as “tailor-making books for the iPhone, and the challenge that they set, on how to translate a book to a device in a way that creates a valuable new user experience and adds to the content. He highlighted the fact that the app was being offered as an ‘optional experience’. To quote him, “You don’t have to listen, or read and listen, or watch. Its how the reader wants it to be. We can build stuff around it and online – but the reading should be left between the reader and the content. The app is all about engagement with the content.” The key to their success here is their understanding and empathy towards the reader. His insight into reader behavior is an important lesson for all of us in the content business. The sure win sales strategy is to give your readers the content that they want.

Over the past couple of years we have seen the lightening quick pace at which the industry is evolving and this experience has helped us build innovative solutions such as reporting and data analytical tools that are helping publishers the world over take their publishing to a whole new level. As Tim O’Reilly mentioned in his session, today publishers have a better understanding of their markets with the help of data analytical tools and are building direct relationships with their readers. These tools enable publishers to put reader habits under the microscope, and use this information to tailor make content to suit the readers need. This and the ease through which they can convert their content into digital formats and deliver it through custom built platforms enable them to cash in on the opportunities that the web offers.

This year at TOC, I too had the opportunity to share my thoughts on ‘The new dynamics of publishing’ at the keynote and at a focused session on the ‘Next generation of ebooks’. Publishing has evolved, and now more than ever publishers need to focus on their core area of expertise - Content. Yet, understanding and exploiting the advancements in technology and reader demand and consumption habits could very well be the key factor that defines success. My belief is that in choosing the right strategic partners, publishers can remain focused on their core business, while still being able to implement the right technological strategies that keeps them at the top of their game.

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The new dynamics of publishing

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Click here for presentation and video: The new dynamics of Publishing

The publishing industry is evolving at an astoundingly fast pace. Besides going digital, the industry is gradually transitioning from a b2b business model to a b2c model. This is largely due to the changing scenario of retail, distributions sales and marketing, all owing to the recent and widespread popularity of social networking or social media.
– Presented at the O’ Reilly Tools of Change Conference 2010, By Sameer Shariff, Founder and CEO of Impelsys Inc. (iPublishCentral)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Virtual Sampling Program

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

ImpelsysVirtual Sampling is an innovative and revolutionary solution that allows publishers to publish electronic samples prior to print. These electronic samples offer a faster, easier and more powerful method for teachers and school administrators to evaluate and search all programs appropriate for a particular curriculum, for all grade levels, eliminating the time-consuming page-by-page evaluation of educational material associated with print sampling.

This revolutionary solution comes with end-user features like full-text search, user personalization, alpha channel video etc. that aid in the program evaluation process. It also provides internal editorial staff and customers the flexibility to pick and choose chapters/content chunks from different ‘products’ and customize the product as per their needs

This innovative digital alternative to print samples helps publishers to reduce printing costs and distribution costs as well as total turnaround time.

Visit HMH’s virtual sampling page Read press release

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From Pong to Grover

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Last Tuesday, we proudly announced that Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, has partnered with Impelsys to convert as many as 900 of its over 5,000 published books into eBooks. The deal got tremendous coverage in the media, that included a feature article in the Wall Street Journal which ran in the print edition of the WJS and on wsj.com. Impelsys was also featured in the Los Angeles Times, LiveMint, Gizmodo, MediaBistro and on ABC news.

We actively pursued this partnership with Sesame Street for more than a year because this deal represents the direction in which the industry is heading. The Kindle and Nook were important steps for the digital publishing industry, in the same way that Pong was a big step for the video game industry, but I contend that the best technology at the moment for digital books is one that most of us already have in our homes – the computer.

I believe that we can learn a great deal from the evolution of the video game industry. In 1975, Atari released the Home Pong console – a hardware-focused, one-dimensional product that captured our imaginations and helped spawn a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry. Pong was an important first step but in the end, the machine played one game and we needed gaming systems with more power, flexibility and interactivity.

The hardware (i.e. Xbox, Wii, PS3) remains important to this day, but its genius lies in the software that runs on these systems. For example, the Wii was a big development, but people loved it because we could go bowling in our living room or play tennis with our kids on a snowy day.

Whether playing Halo with a friend from China on PlayStation 3, doing exercises with your sister on Wii Fit or having Grover personally read for your 3-year old “The Monster at the end of this Book” on ebooks.Sesamestreet.org, consumers want a rich, interactive, 3D experiences, regardless of the gadget it comes in.

This partnership with Sesame Workshop is an important milestone for Impelsys and a great way to end a very productive 2009. I look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of digital publishing and providing publishers and content developers with technologies that enable interactivity and allow their businesses to grow in 2010 and beyond.

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Amazon vs. B&N? Kindle vs. Books? Good coverage vs. Drama

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Like many of us in the publishing industry, I have been closely monitoring the recent wave of e-book coverage in the consumer media. We have seen powerful headlines such as “B&N Launches Kindle Killer” (Wall Street Journal) and “Is Amazon Taking Over the Book Business” (Time Magazine) and questions abound: Are we nearing Malcolm Gladwell’s proverbial tipping point? Will e-books sales capture a substantial share of the overall market in the next few years? Are Jeff Bezos and Steve Riggio going to rumble? Possibly.

Amazon and Barnes & Noble certainly continue to move the needle by developing new technologies, engaging new partners and driving consumer awareness. But I would like to offer a slightly less “sexy” story angle. Perhaps this isn’t a race for inter-stellar domination between two massive companies. Perhaps the story is not about one viewer or one “e-book megacenter” as the NY Times so eloquently described it. Perhaps this isn’t even about Amazon or B&N or Google, Apple, Sony or whoever comes next.

In my opinion, this is not an “either/or” proposition. This is about how publishers can learn from each other; how we all benefit from technological advancements; and, what we can discover from the new business models that are currently being tested.

Beyond the technology, the alliances and the giant marketing budgets of Amazon and B&N, the key to success for publishers of all sizes is building platforms that connect them with their end-users in meaningful ways. Publishers need to harness that data and produce strong, lasting consumer relationships. The publishers who best understand their consumers and grasp what they really want will lead the way.

The future is bright for the Davids and the Goliaths.

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