Posts Tagged ‘digitalmedia’

Disruption, Aggregation, and Third Parties

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Disruption, Aggregation, and Third Parties

Interesting piece by David Crotty regarding the role that aggregator services play in the publishing and media industries today. From the article: "To create the custom experience your readers demand, you need to be able to deliver all of the products they’re after, not just the ones produced by your own company. Individual silos can’t compete in this environment."

He also points out the problem with using third-party groups to manage these aggregation services: they can then potentially take over the industry, as iTunes has with online music distribution. The solution for publishers and content producers is far from clear, but Crotty suggests that part of the answer may be forming coalitions among traditional competitors.

Library Videos Won’t Survive, and There Go Our Circ Stats

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Library Videos Won’t Survive, and There Go Our Circ Stats

Annoyed Librarian writes about DVD circulation in libraries, arguing that libraries are in a losing battle against content providers when it comes to digital information. She writes, “With digital books, videos, and music, the creators have the control, and are so far doing a pretty good job of leaving libraries out of the loop. They don’t care about ‘information access’ or any of that baloney. They care about sales, and the less libraries are able to lend, the more sales they get.”

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