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Google Currents, Flipboard export now available

Now you can export a link from the BlueToad dashboard which will provide you with an RSS version of your text articles. You can import into your Google Currents or Flipboard account. We already are extracting the articles for you – why not leverage that content format for other purposes? How does it work? The Article Export will convert your issue articles into an RSS feed that you can incorporate into your Google Currents or Flipboard account. (See a sample here). You can choose to export FULL or PARTIAL articles. Once your Google Currents account is setup, new articles are automatically pushed to the aggregator with no manual intervention from you. Added feature: When you attach images to the articles in the BlueToad dashboard, the images convey as well. You can even attach images to the articles from the BlueToad dashboard, which will also feed the aggregator, and present a more visual representation of your content. What are the costs?  This feature is included as part of the BlueToad service you already enjoy as a customer. Where do I start? First, make sure your publication is setup with the following: At least 1 active Digital Edition Text Articles setup in the current issue Masked domain – The publication must utilize a masked domain that you can prove to Google you own. Domain masking must use an “A record” pointing your domain to our ip address rather than the “CNAME record” option. You’ll want to involve someone at your company who is knowledgeable about your domain as Google requires you to prove that you own your domain rights before they...

What we’ve learned and done since the September security event

Written by Paul DeHart, CEO and President When we discovered last September that BlueToad was the victim of a criminal cyber attack, it was important to us as a company to be as transparent as possible about the situation.  We openly shared with you our role and responsibility in the incident and the steps we were taking to address the potential harm of the security breach. The support you have offered to us since the attack was substantial.  We are humbled at the trust you put in the BlueToad team.  We wanted to provide an update on steps we have taken since the attack to protect your content. Since last September, we have invested significant resources into additional system security and stabilization.  Specifically, we have: Enhanced our security practices Performed code audits Performed and committed to continue routine network and system penetration testing Installed additional security hardware Engaged third-party intrusion detection services We believe that every publisher of content deserves an affordable and reliable solution to deliver content digitally to readers.  These are the cornerstones we believe matter most to publishers: Content Availability Content Distribution Content Storage Content Security Our goals are ambitious for 2013.  We will simplify our solution, expand our reach, and improve upon the customer and reader experience of using our software solutions. We are very thankful for our continuing business relationships with our partners and customers and  we will continue to work hard to meet your expectations and earn your loyalty —...

Which is best for me – BlueToad direct or the Value Added Reseller (VAR) program?

You may be considering adding digital editions and apps to the products you provide your publishers. Or you may already be a BlueToad direct customer considering upgrading your relationship to becoming a Value Added Reseller (VAR). We are pleased to have great working relationships with all of our customers. While we value BlueToad direct and VAR clients equally, there are some advantages to the VAR program that we will cover here. The VAR program currently includes printers, fulfillment houses, content providers and designers – but can include anyone who would like to add mobile apps and digital editions to their product portfolio. The key is determining the value you would receive from selling services in conjunction with what you already offer and the scope of interest of your clients. Typically it makes financial sense to become a VAR when you expect to convert 800 or more pages of content per month.  That is the tipping point when the cost benefits outweigh both the commitment to sell and support your clients and the minor monthly fee. What is it like to be a VAR? VARs are a key partner for us. You would receive first notice of products and services, and have the opportunity to provide valuable input on future products. You are supported by a dedicated Account Rep who tracks the flow of your publications through our system and ensures they are delivered on time and to your expectations. Your sales team is supported by our Strategic Account Managers. Their goal is to educate your team and prepare them with training and tools to sell the services. At your...

GoDaddy hosted domains down – BlueToad.com affected in some areas

This post has been updated to reflect the date of the reported outage. On Monday, September 1oth, we received reports from some of our publishers that BlueToad.Com is down. While our system is completely functional, we are one of the many domains hosted by GoDaddy – which according to their twitter feed @Godaddy is experiencing difficulty. Any outage you are experiencing is unrelated to the cyber attack issue we have reported today. [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]...

BlueToad announces 50,000th Digital Edition

November 8, 2010 BlueToad, Inc. is proud to announce that Front Desk Chicago represents the 50,000th digital edition published since the company began publishing digital editions in 2007. Front Desk Chicago is one of more than 30 titles published by Modern Luxury on the BlueToad platform and is also available in Apple’s App Store for iPad and iPhone. “I truly value the partnership that we have with BlueToad,” says Sean Bertram, vice president of manufacturing for Modern Luxury. “They have been essential in developing our digital audience, by allowing us to focus strictly on content, while they focus on delivering our content platform independent.” Modern Luxury takes full advantage of BlueToad service offerings, including both digital editions and Apps. “Since we first began using Digital Editions and Apps with BlueToad—reader page views have grown ten-fold,” says Bertram. BlueToad has long considered Modern Luxury an important partner and early adopter in delivering service offerings to publishers. “It is ironic that a Modern Luxury title was our 50,000th issue,” says Paul DeHart, president of BlueToad. “They are a great champion not only of our digital publishing services, but also in continually pushing us to develop important tools for the...

Modern Drummer Expands Print and Digital Circulation With New Physical and Digital Delivery Channels

ORLANDO, Fla., May 20 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing its efforts to bring its exclusive coverage of drums, drummers, and drumming, along with its acclaimed editorial and educational content, to an ever-expanding number of readers around the world, Modern Drummer magazine has announced the completion of two exciting new initiatives aimed at increasing the distribution of both its print and digital editions. Under an agreement with CoverStand.com, the recently launched online newsstand, instant viewing and downloading of individual issues as well as subscriptions for Modern Drummer’s Digital Edition are now available on any computer with an internet connection. Among the first websites of its kind, CoverStand was introduced in early 2010 and will ultimately feature online access to thousands of magazines, newspapers, books, catalogs, comic books, newsletters, retail and reference publications organized by area of interest (music, business, news, entertainment, sports & leisure, etc.) and powered by an advanced search engine. Modern Drummer is the first major musician-oriented magazine, and the only drumming magazine, available on the site. “Through this virtual newsstand, millions of drummers and drum enthusiasts in North America, Asia, Europe, South America and the rest the world now have immediate access to the world’s number one drumming magazine,” comments Modern Drummer Vice-President, Kevin Kearns. “This not only allows us to reach more drummers — and our advertisers to reach more customers — today, as Modern Drummer’s e-media and CoverStand.com’s digital delivery  expand and evolve, it will also allow us to maintain our connection to the worldwide drumming community through online, wireless, and mobile devices as well as developing technologies such as readers and tablets in the future.” “CoverStand...