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 [...]

Morning Links: 2014 Reading habits survey. Can data journalism be taught?

By Joanna Cabot
March 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Global eBook Opportunities Rising (Digital Book World) A recent Pew study hints at growing opportunities for ebook publishers and retailers to reach more English-language readers around the world. *** The Great 2014 Reading Habits Survey: The Results (Book Riot) This post presents the reading and [...]

Morning Links: Unplugging your kids. What’s up and down with eBooks

By Joanna Cabot
March 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Farewell, GigaOM: Tech News Powerhouse Shutting Down (Mashable) San Francisco-based tech blog GigaOm, a widely-respected name in the industry for nearly a decade, is shutting down for want of funding, according to its founder. *** How to Unplug Your Kids Despite Schools Pushing Tech with Common [...]

Morning Links: 9 frustrations to fix in iOS 9. Digital newspaper bundling

By Joanna Cabot
February 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Princeton Inherits $300M Worth of Rare Books (GalleyCat) William H. Scheide, a graduate of Princeton University, passed away last year and left a very valuable rare book collection to his alma mater. *** Digital Newspaper Bundling for Added Value (GoodeReader) This type of value-added offer for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Morning Roundup: Bad News for Nook, End of Tabloids? and more

By Joanna Cabot
January 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Nook Sales Nosedive (Digital Book World) There’s no sugarcoating it: Nook took a big hit over this past holiday season. *** The End of Tabloid Papers and the New Quest for Media Responsibility (GigaOM) Tabloid newspapers have long used their powerful cover to influence and intimidate. Their [...]

Weekend Roundup: Has Google Demolished Newspapers? B&N Coming to CES Without Nook. Again

By Joanna Cabot
January 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Has Google Demolished the Newspaper Industry? (GoodeReader) The newspaper industry has lost billions of dollars in the last 10 years, which is directly proportionate to the sheer growth Google has garnered .  Should Google be doing more for the newspaper industry? *** B&N is Coming to CES 2014 [...]

In glitchy online world, news site 'glitches' do happen

By libertyc
December 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

In a glitchy online world, news site glitches do happen, and here’s a story to freeze your computer screen as we speak. A few weeks ago, a man in Manhattan read an op-ed in the New York Times online, and feeling he had something to say in response, he did what a lot of people do these days: [...]

Weekend Roundup: New Report on Parent, Child, Teen Book Consumption, Self-published Authors, Don’t Do It All Yourself

By libertyc
November 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

New Report on Parent, Teen, Child Book Consumption (GoodeReader) Non-profit industry tracker BookNet Canada released the results of a fall online survey to investigate the digital attitudes and practices of a variety of readers. *** Retailing: Do Trade Books on College Campuses Have a Future? [...]

Iconic French movie 'Breathless' put 'IHT' newspaper on global map, now re-branded as INYT

By libertyc
November 23, 2013 // 4 Comments

Goodbye International Herald Tribune of “Breathless” movie fame and bonjour “International New York Times.” A famous global print and online newspaper has been renamed, rebranded and reorganized. In an oped column last month in the New York Times, columnist Roger Cohen wrote [...]

Japan's English-language newspapers part of global trend

By libertyc
November 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Japan has always had trouble explaining itself to the rest of the world in English, but for the past 50 years, several national newspapers have tried to publish English-language newspapers. While not all of them prospered or succeeded, a few of them did, and one of the best was the [...]

Paying for News: What’s the Right Price?

By libertyc
November 14, 2013 // 3 Comments

I recently posted an article on the Toronto Star paywall experiment—they erected it this past summer, and now, partway into the rollout, they were reporting on the results. In my analysis, I remarked that I personally had not visited the Star’s website since the paywall went up; that I [...]

Toronto Star Paywall: A Mid-Scandal Report

By libertyc
November 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

CTV News has a great write-up detailing the quarterly earnings reported this week by Torstar, parent company of The Toronto Star. The Star erected a paywall this summer, and I was curious to see if their earnings had reflected any changes as a consequence. The report confirmed what I had already [...]

New York Times Weekly edition is print only in age of Internet

By libertyc
November 10, 2013 // 2 Comments

Most readers of the daily print edition of the New York Times — or its daily online edition, too, metered paywall or not – do not know that the Times markets an exclusive 12-page English-language news supplement that is inserted once a week in 35 foreign language newspapers around the [...]

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