January 28, 2022

Microsoft Awarded Patent For Software to Place Contextual Ads in eBooks

Update: More on ebook patents/patent applications for advertising at the bottom of this post.

From Neowin:

The new patent in question describes “Systems and methods for providing contextual advertisements to present to a user in association with electronic books.” …the patent follows the same scheme that dominates online advertising; it combines a contextual profile about what a user likes, combines it with the content on the page they’re reading, and generates an advertisement that should, in theory, interest them.

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Btw, Yahoo had a patent APPLICATION (published in April 2012) that also deals with advertising in ebooks. The BBC has a report and you can access the patent application here.

Also, WOWIO was awarded a patent in 2010 that also deals with providing targeted and contextual advertising in ebooks. Access the patent (7848951) here. The patent is also discussed in this company blog post.

Hat Tip & Thanks: @MattRWeaver

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.