On-line advertising: Everyone passes the buck, but publishers should step up

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Ad-blocking has suddenly become a contentious issue now that that Apple’s enabling it, hasn’t it? Maybe it’s going to “help content evolve,” as Joe Wilkert puts it, but a lot of people still don’t seem too pleased about it. Here’s a little round-up of a few stories that just caught my [...]

Marco Ament pulls his ad-blocker from iTunes Store

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sometimes the flesh is willing but the spirit is weak. That’s what happened to the most popular app in the iTunes Store yesterday. Marco Ament, the developer of Instapaper, decided to pull Peace, the ad-blocking program he’d made for iOS, because of a guilty conscience. Ament writes on his [...]

Adblock Plus comes to Android and iOS app stores

By Chris Meadows
September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just in time to make my last post look foolish for castigating them from keeping ad-blockers out of their store, Google and Apple have permitted an ad-blocking-equipped browser back into their Google Play and iTunes App stores. Available for both iOS and Android, the app is a stand-alone web [...]

Ad-blocking may not be so scary after all

By Chris Meadows
September 7, 2015 // 2 Comments

Remember that report we cited a couple of weeks back about how ad-blocking is proliferating? Not so fast, says Buzzfeed. The report claims that publishers will lose $21.8 billion this year due to ad-blocking, but Buzzfeed warns that figure is arrived at via potentially faulty methodology. Pagefair, [...]

TuneIn offers ad-free radio, sports, and audiobooks for $8 per month

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Anyone disappointed by Scribd’s recent decision to pare down its audiobook offerings might have a new solution. CNET reports that streaming radio site TuneIn is adding an $8-per-month subscription option that removes ads from 600 radio stations, adds Major League Baseball and Premier League [...]

Are smartphone makers going to start serving ads?

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

Is the next mobile advertising frontier pop-up notifications? Earlier this month, Slashgear reported that HTC served its users an ad for the (abysmal) Fantastic Four movie as an ostensible phone theme advertisement. Now Android Police reports that Samsung has served an ad for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ [...]

No going Barefoot: If you see a suspicious ad on TeleRead, tell us!

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

As I’ve mentioned, we run advertisements on our front page here at TeleRead, but we do have our standards. I just noticed an interesting-looking ad pop up from an outfit called Barefoot Writers Club, clicked through to where it offered a “free report” in return for an email address, and got [...]

Amid proliferating ad-blocking, concerns of free content vanishing

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2015 // 6 Comments

Is web content about to experience an “adblockolypse” now? Those are the concerns expressed in this piece on the Columbia Journalism Review, which offers an overview of the phenomenon and some fairly alarming estimates regarding the number of people who are doing it. (One source suggests that [...]

Can someone out-compete Amazon in these six areas?

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

The ever-thought-provoking Joe Konrath has posted an essay with six areas Amazon seems unwilling or unable to pursue, that might provide fertile ground for some competitor to come in and disrupt the company. The areas Konrath thinks are promising include ad-supported e-books, libraries, [...]

A ‘cool’ image: Amazon’s goal in the UK

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is the Kindle “cool”? Amazon sure wants to make it look that way with the new print and panel ads it’s running in the United Kingdom. The campaign, which also sees full-page broadsheet newspaper advertisements and extensive panels on both overground and Underground rail, has the slogan [...]

The anti-ad-blocker arms race

By Chris Meadows
July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Web ads are an evil, but to some extent one that publishers consider necessary. Stratechery has an interesting post on the rise of programmatic ad networks—networks that track viewers across multiple web sites to build an interest profile, so that they can then serve ads targeted toward that [...]

Morning Links: When good friends write bad books, Amazon food, and more

By Joanna Cabot
June 3, 2015 // 3 Comments

What To Do When Someone You Know Writes a Bad Book (Book Riot) Writing a book is a great accomplishment. It can take years of meditating, creating, editing, querying, marketing, and tweaking to get it published. It’s an effort that absolutely deserves praise. But what are we supposed to do when [...]

French AdBlock case shows crisis – and inertia – of advertisers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 11, 2014 // 4 Comments

A case in France being contemplated by Le Geste, the professional organization of online publishers, and IAB France, which dictates the standards for online advertising in France, against AdBlock Plus, the internet ad blocking software, and its parent Eyeo GmbH. As reported in Les Echos, the case [...]

Wikipedia tightens its terms of use to prohibit unobvious payola editing

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Over the last few years, a number of minor scandals have come to light concerning wiki editors who were paid by publicity firms to edit articles in Wikipedia. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports, the Wikimedia Foundation has changed the encyclopedia’s terms of use to require that anyone paid to [...]

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