In India, cheap smartphones could be a key to bridging language gaps

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

India is an interesting emerging digital market. A number of American news outlets such as the Huffington Post and Business Insider are setting up India-specific versions of their sites in the hope of attracting new English-speaking users, but newspapers and television remain popular there, and the [...]

New York Times new-reader strategy focuses on free

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal has a piece looking at recent efforts by the New York Times to make more content available for free. The Times has a tricky tightrope to walk, as it’s long been one of the big boosters of subscriptions and paywalls—but evidence is mounting that kids these days get most [...]

TeleRead Links: UK e-book piracy, loosening e-book licensing terms, digitizing fanzines, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

eBook Piracy Virtually Nonexistent in the UK (GoodEReader) The Intellectual Property Office conducted a three month study into the extent of online copyright infringement in the UK. It found that  1% of UK internet users aged 12 and over read “at least some” ebooks illegally. This is a stark [...]

TeleRead Links: Coffee and free NYT articles, anyone? Harper’s paywall. Soundtrack for reading? DMCA vs. anti-hacker tool to protect cars

By Chris Meadows
July 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Some New York Times Articles to Appear Free on Starbucks App (New York Times) Beginning in the first half of next year, Starbucks loyalty members will be able to read daily and weekend briefings from The Times, as well as other articles recommended by Starbucks, using the coffee company’s mobile [...]

Why the Hugos are broken, and who’s breaking them now

By Chris Meadows
April 23, 2015 // 15 Comments

The Hugo Puppies affair proceeds apace. As it will for at least the rest of this year, and probably the next as well. Everyone is having their say, and some excellent things have been written about the whole matter lately. I’ll get to those in a moment. The Internet Breaks the Hugos Whether [...]

Toronto Star Paywall Coming Down April 1

By Joanna Cabot
March 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

And another one bites the dust! The countdown is on for one of Canada’s major dailies to take their paywall down. On April 1, the Toronto Star website will once again be free. I am not at all surprised by this. I used to visit the Star’s website regularly, but as soon as I heard about [...]

Smartphone size no obstacle to long reading

By Chris Meadows
August 5, 2014 // 4 Comments

Hey, guess what? People read on their smartphones. That’s the thrust of a piece in Wired that talks about how the smartphone has been a godsend for long-form written journalism. Where people used to read their newspapers on the subway, now they read their smartphones—and despite the predictions [...]

If the Internet isn’t responsible for the decline in newspapers…what is?

By Chris Meadows
June 12, 2014 // 5 Comments

Here’s an article from Science Daily that posits that all the claims that the Internet (or, more specifically, Internet advertising) is responsible for newspapers’ downfall are false…but then it doesn’t propose any alternative reasons to replace it. The article cites a research paper by [...]

European newspaper publishers argue web browsing is copyright infringement

By Chris Meadows
June 5, 2014 // 1 Comment

One of the points often made by supporters of the Google Books fair use ruling is that if copying material to build a search index is not legal, then so is the entire underpinning of the web, which relies on being able to make digital copies and index them. Lest you believe nobody would try to make [...]

Don’t share angry: Looking past outrage in the news

By Chris Meadows
May 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

It seems like the news is always telling us new reasons it thinks we should be outraged. A woman won a small fortune in court for spilling hot McDonalds coffee in her lap. Auto manufacturers are making millions of extra unwanted cars and just letting them pile up. Amazon was granted an obvious [...]

Another bad idea: Charging news aggregators for snippets

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Google is the bad guy yet again. Well, not just Google but other news aggregators. Spain is attempting to pass a law to force aggregators to pay for the content they collect. The argument for the law is that most people don’t click through headlines and snippets to get to the [...]

British printers struggle to cope with shift toward digital media

By Chris Meadows
April 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

My friend Michael Brotzman pointed out this story to me from the New York Times, about how the printing industry in Britain is coping with the decreased demand for its services. Even as high technology leads to printers that can print bigger runs, faster, more efficiently, and with fewer operators, [...]

One more use for newsprint you won’t see on Kindle: Canvases for amazing artworks

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

Here’s one more contribution from the legacy of printed paper that Jeff Bezos will not be bringing to the global cultural inheritance any time soon: Fabulous portraits and hand-drawn life drawings done on old newspapers, printed pages, letters, and other found or abandoned paper surfaces. [...]

Chloephobia is an irrational fear of print newspapers

By Dan Bloom
February 8, 2014 // 4 Comments

Before we get to the fear of newspapers story, a brief introduction to a thoughtful word maven. Michael Quinion in Britain runs an insightful word origins website called World Wide Words, which is a free newsletter that goes out by email and catalogs in witty and wise selections how the English [...]

When a byline’s more than just a byline

By Dan Bloom
January 26, 2014 // 4 Comments

Brian X. Chen covers technology and gadgethead issues for the New York Times, and with a stellar career at Wired magazine behind him, he is poised to soar even higher. So as a longtime student of newspaper bylines, I was struck by Mr. Chen’s middle initial ”X” and always wondered [...]

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