Twitter’s Policy Update, Snapchat Discovery, Atlantic Media’s New Social Platform, POD Decline, DPS Tip: Linking DPS Consumption Data With Third-Party CRMs, August’s Media Metrics Roundup, TFP’s Infographic Pick of the Week, Adobe MAX 2014

Welcome to TFP’s roundup of news and tips for media industry pros! This week, we’re sharing stories about Twitter’s decision to pull graphic images off its site, news and ads coming to Snapchat, Atlantic Media’s social media project, a big decline in print on demand, and more.

  • Much discussion about censorship followed Twitter’s decision to pull graphictwitter icon images surrounding the execution of journalist James Foley and death of actor Robin Williams and suspend the accounts of users sharing them. A report from Bloomberg said the social network updated its policies following those incidents and in some cases will now take down certain images of deceased individuals if requested by the family.
  • Snapchat, the mobile app that lets users send messages and photos that vanish, is in talks with media companies and advertisers about a new service that will deliver content and ads to its 27 million users, according to The Wall Street Journal. Users will be able to press their finger on their phone’s screen to read publications and view TV and movie clips, and when they release it, the content will disappear. The service, called Snapshot Discovery, is expected to be available in November.
  • As social media updates continue to stream in unabated, Atlantic Media’s Andrew Golis talked with Digiday about a new site he’s developing to help users focus on quality of content over quantity. The platform, called “This.” (yes, the period is part of the name), will let users share just one link a day. In a post on Medium, Golis said the project is “an attempt to build a platform where influence comes from taste, instead of sheer volume (in both the quantity and loudness senses).”
  • Turning to the book world, an article from Research Information magazine cited figures from Bowker showing that production of print books by traditional publishers in the U.S. fell slightly in 2013, while nontraditional publishing such as print on demand saw a sharp decline. It said although traditional publishing faced more competition from e-books, the sector remained stable last year, with just a 2% decline. Nontraditional publishing, however, fell 46% in 2013, an abrupt reversal of its 55% growth rate from 2011 to 2012, perhaps reflecting a market correction, according to Bowker.
  • Good news for salespeople who use DPS apps on sales calls: New Library/Store APIs in Adobe DPS v31 can create a direct link between DPS app content consumption data and third-party CRM systems like Check out the details in this week’s DPS Tip.
  •  Also, see this month’s installment of TFP’s Media Metrics roundup for info on Facebook’s Q2 numbers, the evolution of mobile, video ad viewability, scrolling, and more.
  • Our Infographic Pick of the Week, designed by Fjord and found on the Fast Company website, looks at emerging innovations in wearable technology that could change how we create and consume content in the not-so-distant future.
  • A final note: The Adobe MAX 2014 conference, to be held in Los Angeles Oct. 4-8, will feature a range of sessions and labs on digital publishing, digital and graphic design, video, and more. Sign up by Aug. 31 for Early Bird pricing.

This Week in Publishing appears every Friday on the TFP blog. Every week we compile interesting and noteworthy stories from the publishing world and put together a wrap-up to help our readers stay up-to-date. Think we missed something great? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Posted by: Monica Sambataro

Monica Sambataro is a contributing editor and copyeditor for Technology for Publishing. Her publishing background includes work for leading technology- and business-related magazines and websites.