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February 5, 2007 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Near-Time Service Lets Publishers Monetize Content

Near-Time, Inc. (www.near-time.com) announced the launch of a paid membership service, Near-Time Premium, a hosted service that provides the necessary tools to launch commercial publishing and collaborative marketplaces. Near-Time Premium provides a one-stop platform where publishers, authors, and service organizations can easily set up a Weblog or wiki, publish their content, share files, interact with clients and readers, and charge subscription fees. Users are free to decide what they want to charge for subscription plans.

Complete with integrated wiki- and Weblog-authoring tools, and file-sharing and task-management capabilities, groups can use the service to foster rich environments for commercial interaction. The platform offers a range of tools to support and build customers' brands via a broad range of tools for customizing the look and feel of collaborative spaces as well as domain name mapping. As a hosted platform, no hardware is required and ecommerce services are built-in and turnkey. Customers focus on the content and the communities, while Near-Time provides a secure service infrastructure.

Near-Time Premium spaces can be private, semiprivate, or public. Users are free to decide which content to monetize and which to make publicly available. Roles and permissions services enable users to set different levels of interactive relationships at different price points. Near-Time spaces can be configured to offer members complete interaction, limited authoring and editing capabilities, or to simply allow members to read and comment on content. From collaborating with experts on wikis to merely charging a reader to access premium content and files, users can create as many premium spaces as they would likeóeach with different interaction and economic models.

Source: Near-Time, Inc.



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