Leanpub API: Bringing Agile Development to Writers

Mark Boyd, August 30th, 2013

The new Leanpub API helps authors publish their own work in ebook format and provides instant access to sales data.

Leanpub is an online marketplace that enables writer’s to sell their ebooks in a variety of formats. Writers receive a 90% royalty (minus 50 cents) off each sale and are not prohibited from simulataneously selling their book on other marketplaces like Amazon. Unique to LeanPub, writers – particularly for computer programming books – are encouraged to publish works-in-progress and pivot their text based on reader feedback until they create a viable book product.

To do this, Leanpub provides an editing language and self-publishing workflow that allows writers to submit their work and convert the material into several formats including PDF, EPUB and Kindle. The Leanpub API allows authors to manage their workflow direct from their preferred editor.

Don’t Touch that Dial; Create Your Own Channel with the Filmon API

Greg Bates, August 20th, 2013

Filmon.tv has announced a set of APIs that allow online publishers and developers to take advantage of its huge selection of content from NBC, CBS, FOX and ABC in twelve major US cities, and more.

Textalytics Launches Family of Industry-Specific Text Mining APIs

Amy Castor, July 22nd, 2013

Textalytics believes that when it comes to tuning in on Internet banter, different types of businesses have different needs. To that end, the Madrid-based text mining specialist this week launched a family of industry-specific semantic APIs. The company claims its RESTful APIs are plug-and-play, easy to use, and multilingual.

The Adcolony API: Making Mobile Ads Zoom with HD Video

Greg Bates, July 19th, 2013

AdColonyAdcolony, once an app developer for iOS, is now focused on creating mobile HD video ads. The Adcolony APIs are two RESTful APIs, Publisher Earnings (which retrieves in CSV format) and MATA, which gives access to the CPI campaign statistics. Fields covered in the Earnings API are Date Range, Earnings, Completed Video Views, Fill Rate, Sessions, eCPM, DAU. The MATA API is based on the open standards from the Mobile App Transparency Alliance (thus the name), and uses HTTP authentication. It uses your user email and API key for verification.

Gravity R&D Recommendation API: See You at the (Right) Movies

Greg Bates, June 21st, 2013

The focus of Gravity Rock Solid Recommendations is to help its business clients offer personalized recommendations to their customers. Their clients funnel lots of content, like video streaming sites, dating sites, Groupon imitators, classified sites and ad networks to consumers. The Gravity R&D API uses events to track user interactions. From there they import an item catalog to build user profiles to create the individualized recommendations.

The Guidebox API: All That Content Through Your App

Greg Bates, June 7th, 2013

GuideboxJust when you thought you left the search-for-the-remote problem behind, there’s a new search: what service are we watching on? Is it Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus? No, wait… I forget… Unlike those Google and Bing searches that make us smart, these frustrating searches make us feel stupid. Guidebox has a simple solution: it delivers all your services in one spot. If you have Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO Go, or Showtime Anytime, you can watch anything on them through Guidebox. The confusing search is over.

Blinkx Provides App, Open Source Video Player for Tizen Device Platform

Greg Bates, June 3rd, 2013

BlinkxTizen, the open source, standards-based mobile device platform that resides in the linux foundation now has a dedicated blinkx app, plus an open source blinkx video player. The blinkx API requires registration to see any documentation but more information on the video player for Tizen is available.

Planspot API Simplifies Event Marketing

Eric Carter, May 14th, 2013

PlanspotPlanspot, event marketing service provider, provides access to its marketing tools through the Planspot API. The Planspot platform offers an all-in-one marketing tool that can manage, promote, and sell tickets to events. From promotion via email and social media, to dashboards that track sales and monitor progress, Planspot embodies its founder’s dream: “to create a single solution for event promotion, publishing, discovering and planning.”

NYPL Launches New API Allowing Developers Access to Vast Archives of Digitized Creative Works

Janet Wagner, April 8th, 2013

New York Public Library Digital CollectionsEarlier this year, ProgrammableWeb reported that the New York Public Library (NYPL) had launched the What’s on the Menu API, the first public API released by the institution. The New York Public Library has just announced the launch of the NYPL Digital Collections API which allows developers programmatic access to the Library’s vast collections of digitized creative works including manuscripts, historical maps, rare prints, photographs and much more.

From Printing Press to API: Book Publishers’ Revolutionary Tools

Greg Bates, March 11th, 2013

WordnikBefore 1500, monks spent their lives copying the Bible by hand. That method was replaced by printing presses for the next 500 years. Today, ebooks are set to end the practice of pulping trees and smearing them with ink. In all this change the direction of information access has been constant for half a millennium: faster and faster, easier and easier. The next revolution for publishers is APIs for books.

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