SpringPublisher review

SpringPublisher can create and print high-quality documents, cards, and more using templates or your own settings. You can add images, text, barcodes, QR codes, maps, and more. It's free for non-commercial use in Windows 2000 to 8. A Pro upgrade, supporting high-resolution printing, microperforated paper, and other features is available.

SpringPublisher's user interface offers a pleasing take on the Office look, with ribbon-style toolbars running along the top and left edges. The top bar creates, saves, and prints Projects and accesses Help Topics and Updates; the side ribbon's tools insert text, images, shapes, and so on. A … Read more

G.I. Joe and Veronica Mars fan fiction headed to Amazon

Write that epic story about Veronica Mars helping G.I. Joe with a mysterious murder on an Army base and make it legit, thanks to a new licensing agreement between Amazon, Hasbro, and Warner Bros.

Amazon Publishing plans to open up seven new Kindle Worlds based on Hasbro's popular G.I. Joe brand; Warner Bros. TV show (and upcoming movie) "Veronica Mars"; and Warner Bros. "Pretty Little Liars" spin-off "Ravenswood."

Kindle Worlds let any writer publish authorized stories inspired by popular "worlds" and make them available for readers to purchase in the Kindle Store. Currently, writers have a choice of more than 20 worlds, with the new ones expected to open in the next few months. … Read more

How the 'Netflix of books' won over the publishing industry (Q&A)

The world in which people have to rent movies one at a time from a video store, or buy individual songs from iTunes has come and gone. These days, Netflix, Spotify, Rdio, and other services are making it easier and easier for people to subscribe to all-you-can-eat plans.

As slow and painful as it has been to get the media giants on board, they've come around. But not in every industry. Take the book publishing industry, for example, which has been even slower than its counterparts to move into a subscription system.

Still, even the book publishers are now … Read more

'X-Files' star Gillian Anderson writing sci-fi book series

Actress Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as FBI Agent Dana Scully -- Agent Fox Mulder's skeptical partner -- in the hit sci-fi series "The X-Files," is now writing a sci-fi book series called "EarthEnd Saga" with co-writer Jeff Rovin, who is best known for "Tom Clancy's Op-Center" book series.

The first book in the saga, "A Vision of Fire," tells the story of a child psychiatrist, Caitlin O'Hara, who treats children who have suffered trauma due to war and natural disasters. O'Hara's world changes forever when she begins to help one troubled young girl. … Read more

Review: Twitterrific for Mac displays your Twitter timeline and syncs it with devices

With its unobtrusive interface and multiplatform support, Twitterrific for Mac enables you to use Twitter without a Web browser. It includes numerous handy features such as timeline sync, multiple account support, and auto refresh, all neatly packaged in a pleasant interface. Twitterrific is an ad-supported application, but you can pay to remove the ads.

Apart from giving you a clean and intuitive interface, Twitterrific for Mac comes with a fully customizable toolbar and a sidebar, which both can be hidden if you would like a distraction-free reading experience. The app uses OS X's fullscreen mode, where each tweet occupies … Read more

Old school vs. new school as academic publishers brawl over Web

The competition for prominence in academic publishing heated up this week as a traditional company, Elsevier, tangled with a Digital Era rival, publishes research papers for free online after researchers upload them. On Friday, the company took down some papers after receiving Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices from Elsevier, which often charges for access to the articles.

" is committed to enabling the transition to a world where there is open access to academic literature. Elsevier takes a different view, and is currently upping the ante in its opposition to academics sharing … Read more

Amazon exec to depart amid its uncertain future in publishing

Amazon may have the publishing industry in a bind, but it's not fairing so well when it comes to putting its own bestsellers on the shelves.

Larry Kirshbaum, the high-profile industry veteran who joined Amazon's publishing outfit in 2011 as editorial head of its New York and Seattle adult and children's imprints, is leaving the company early next year, as reported first by Shelf Awareness on Friday.

Shelf Awareness also claimed that Amazon Publishing will be scaling back its operations, and that members of its editorial staff have already been let go, though it declined to name … Read more acquires Plasmyd to let peers review papers

Apparently basing a research paper's merit on its author's reputation and Facebook-esque social network cues wasn't enough for

On Wednesday, the startup announced it's acquired Plasmyd, a company that will add the more traditional peer review process to's business offering free online research papers. Terms of the deal weren't announced, but Plasmyd co-founders Adnan Akil and Kevin Wu are joining

Peer review is an old tradition for those publishing papers in academic journals. With it, researchers in the same field as an author scrutinize a paper to find … Read more

ShopThis app lets you buy right from iPad magazine pages

Shoppers, rejoice: Next time you're browsing the iPad edition of Wired magazine, you'll be able to buy even more impulsively than before.

The mag is rolling out a feature from MasterCard that lets you instantly purchase products in articles or ads without leaving the page on your tablet.

The credit card company is pushing ShopThis in conjunction with publisher Conde Nast to help readers indulge their whims simply by tapping a shopping cart icon. … Read more raises funds to build a Facebook for scientists, an Internet startup trying to bring the social dynamics of LinkedIn and Facebook to researchers' professional communications, has raised $11.1 million in a second round of funding.

The company's mission -- to overhaul not just how researchers publish results but also how they judge the quality of one anothers' work -- won over Khosla Ventures for the Series B funding. Khosla led the round, said Thursday, and earlier investors Spark Capital and True Ventures also participated. Ben Ling of Khosla will join Academia's board of directors, and Khosla founder Vinod Khosla will become … Read more