Monday, December 3, 2012

Morning Brief: Cygnus Business Media releases series of updates to tablet editions; Murdoch's UK newspaper chief resigns suddenly; suburban Chicago newspaper reports on the success of digital magazines in area libraries

The B2B media firm Cygnus Business Media has released updates for its tablet editions inside the Apple App Store. The updates are all associated with changes within the Adobe Digital Suite.

Cygnus has 15 iPad apps in the App Store, all of which are stand-alone apps rather than utilizing the Newsstand. Several apps are for events, but the magazines have been updated in the past week, including one released this morning.

The apps are Firehouse Magazine, Law Enforcement Product News, Law Enforcement Technology, Security Technology, Security Dealer & Integrator, EMS World, Sustainable Construction, Aircraft Maintenance, and VehicleServicePro Tool Chest.

In most cases Cygnus has created native tablet editions to be read in landscape, though at least one of the apps is a replica edition.

The four apps for events, Firehouse World 2012, Officer World Expo 2012, Firehouse Expo 2012 and EMS World Expo 2012, are all universal apps created with Core-Apps, probably the leading developer of apps for events.

Tom Mockridge, CEO of News International, Rupert Murdoch's head of newspapers in the U.K., has resigned suddenly after only 18 months in the job.
"His decision to step down is absolutely and entirely his own," a News Corp. statement pronounced.

News Corp. is spinning off its newspaper division next year and faces the prospect of having its papers report on the trials of several of its own executives involved in the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

According to the Financial Times, Mockridge, a native New Zealander, sent out an email to staff stating that "the new structure does not offer me a role I am comfortable with and, after 22 years with the company in five countries, I feel I have made enough of a contribution to make a personal choice to go."

The Daily Herald, a suburban Chicago daily newspaper, this weekend reported on the success of the Vernon Area Public Library’s digital magazine service. The service began two weeks ago and already more than 100 patrons have signed for the service.

The news report walks through the process for their readers, one very familiar to TNM readers I'm sure:
The library subscribes to a digital service called Zinio to share magazines with customers. After downloading free software, people simply need to use their library cards to check out magazines they want to read.

Available titles at Vernon Area include Consumer Reports, Rolling Stone, Men’s Health and Seventeen. Most are for adults, but a few magazines for younger readers are available, Savage said.

“There are just a ton of titles,” Savage said.
The Daily Herald report, written by Russell Lissau, states that the Zinio service cost the Vernon Hills library district less than $5,000 to establish and that several other area libraries are also using the system.