News Corp

News Corp results show how badly those poor disrupted publishers are hurting …

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 6, 2014 // 4 Comments

News Corporation, that big bouncy Murdoch baby, demonstrated just how badly the Big Five publishers really need rescuing from Bezos’s brutal bullying bugbear Amazon – by delivering quarterly results well above expectations, buoyed in part by strong performance at publishing unit [...]

News Corp purchases Harlequin, joining HarperCollins

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

Harlequin is headed to HarperCollins. News Corp, which owns HarperCollins, made the announcement on Friday. It has acquired one of the leading publishers in women’s fiction. Harlequin publishes the works of more than 1,300 authors and releases more than 110 titles monthly. About 40 percent of [...]

Charlie Redmayne steps down as Pottermore CEO to become HarperCollins CEO

By libertyc
July 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

On paidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports that Charlie Redmayne has just boarded the Hogwarts Express to take him back to the land of the muggles. He’s stepping down as CEO of Pottermore and taking the CEO helm of HarperCollins. Prior to helping found Pottermore in 2011, Redmayne was EVP and [...]

Morning Links: Finally, a tablet simple enough for a woman to use!

By libertyc
March 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Will Authors get Compensated for Used eBook Sales? (Media Shift) News Corp Plans Publishing Spin-Off (AOL Money) Finally, a Tablet Simple Enough for a Woman to Use (Ars Technica) Army’s First Interactive iPad App Lets You Finger-Swipe Through Afghanistan (Wired) Kindle Daily Deals: The [...]

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp unveils its own Android tablet

By Dan Eldridge
March 6, 2013 // 3 Comments

We learned today that the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corporation has unveiled a 10-inch Android tablet designed specifically for schoolchildren. Known as the Amplify Tablet (Amplify is also the name of the News Corp’s education division), the $299 slate was presented earlier today at [...]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By libertyc
December 4, 2012 // 1 Comment

Barnes & Noble: Taking the Nook to Foreign Markets (Good E-Reader) ex-Google Chief to Publish Book About Digital Future (Digital Book World) Why Rupert Murdoch’s Bold Bet on The Daily was Doomed from the Start (GigaOM) Business Models are Changing, Trial and Error will Ensue (Mike [...]

Penguin, Random House Merger Shows E-Books Dominate

By libertyc
October 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

So two of the largest publishers in the world are merging their book arms entirely to deal with “this exciting, fast-moving world of digital books and digital readers,” to quote Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino. Could there be any clearer proof that e-books are where the action is, and [...]

What does the News Corp split mean for HarperCollins?

By libertyc
July 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Under pressure from News Corp’s upper management, Rupert Murdoch has lately agreed to divide News Corp up into two corporations—one that contains the corporation’s entertainment assets, and the other to contain its newspaper and publishing assets—including “Big Six”/”Agency Five” [...]

paidContent 2012: Q&A with Jon Miller of News Corp.

By Paul Biba
May 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

Moderator, Staci D. Kramer, Editor and Senior Writer, paidContent/GigaOM Jon Miller, Chief Digital Officer, Chairman and CEO, Digital Media Group, News Corp.: Investing quietly in early stage companies in China for about a year.  Took a 20% position in a public film company in China recently. [...]

Former News of the World readers stop reading Sunday papers altogether

By libertyc
November 25, 2011 // 0 Comments

A report on PaidContent suggests that many readers of the News of the World Sunday paper, which shut down in July amidst the News Corp phone-hacking scandal, have not switched to reading any other Sunday newspapers. The National Readership Survey estimated that 7,217,000 people read the paper in [...]

Agent Andrew Wylie tries to tie HarperCollins to News Corp scandal…badly

By libertyc
July 18, 2011 // 5 Comments

Any time you turn on the news, odds are good you will see something about the News Corporation voicemail-hacking scandal which has again exploded onto headlines in the last few days. It stood to reason that sooner or later some corner of it would reach into the e-book world. Yet, strangely enough, [...]

The Daily reports $10 million loss, 800,000 downloads in its first quarter

By libertyc
May 5, 2011 // 1 Comment

PaidContent reports that in its Q3 earnings call, News Corp. reported it lost $10 million on The Daily in its first quarter of operation. The paper has been downloaded 800,000 times since its launch. Of course, the monetary figures don’t really tell the whole story; a News Corp. spokesman told [...]

The Daily extends trial period, plans Android expansion

By libertyc
February 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

EBookNewser and a number of other sites are reporting that The Daily has extended its two-week free trial period to at least February 28th. It has also been reported that The Daily will henceforth come with a two-week free period for any new subscriber who downloads it, even after the extended [...]

Tools of Change: Workship – designing iPad apps

By libertyc
February 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

Jennifer Brook (The New York Times), William Couch (USA TODAY), Craig Mod (PREPOST / Flipboard) Brook: designs mobile apps for the Times. Bad things happen when past and future collide. Gadgets often stop working. Did an initial design which they liked, but realized that didn’t fully [...]

The Daily first impression: Eh, seen better

By libertyc
February 8, 2011 // 1 Comment

I was looking at a post on ReadWriteWeb about The Daily today, and finally got around to reading through the current edition myself. I find I am largely in agreement with Richard MacManus about the relative blandness of the news on offer. He calls it “middle-of-the-road fare, with a few seemingly [...]

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