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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Interview: Claudia Zimmer, CEO, Aquafadas

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

I spoke to Claudia Zimmer, CEO of the French company Aquafadas, which provides software for digital publishing, especially of magazines and periodicals, on the company’s view of the current [...]

Want to be a writer? Call your career advisor NOW!

By libertyc
November 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Oops, did I mess up big time?! And you think you might want to be a writer too? Well, our chosen profession and vocation just happen to come out low and rock bottom in terms of career choices. At [...]

John Paton reports from the newspaper digital subscription frontline

By libertyc
November 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media, the parent company of MediaNews Group and 21st Century Media, which operates “operate more than 800 digital and online products in 18 states serving more [...]

Dallas Morning News taking down its paywall

By libertyc
October 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Trying to figure out a way to monetize the news has been a struggle for print newspapers. For one company, a paywall was definitely not the answer. The Dallas Morning News has announced it will do [...]

Morning Roundup: Jeff Bezos compares newspapers to horses; manuscript wishlist hashtag returns; more

By libertyc
September 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

Adding Some Evidence to Copyright’s ‘Evidence’Free’ Zone (Boing Boing) In the Columbia Journalism Review, Sarah Laskow looks at the empirical research on whether, and how, [...]

Morning Roundup: Goodreads announces new policy, Intern bill of rights; more

By libertyc
September 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Goodreads Announces New Policy: Now Deletes Reviews Which Mention Author Behaviour (The Digital Shift) Goodreads has long been struggling to decide between the opposing needs of reader/reviewers and [...]

Morning Roundup: The newspaper industry's decline; the books we pretend to read; more

By libertyc
September 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Newspapers May be Dying but the Internet Didn’t Kill Them (GigaOM) As journalism professor George Brock points out, the newspaper industry has been in decline since long before the internet [...]

Eyeball-licking trend in Japan debunked by sharp-eyed reporter

By libertyc
August 31, 2013 // 4 Comments

When the Guardian posted a “news article” earlier this year headlined “Eyeball-licking: the fetish that is making Japanese teenagers sick,” all hell broke loose. That’s [...]

Do Paywalls Retain Loyal Readers, or Send Them Away?

By libertyc
August 18, 2013 // 5 Comments

I wrote earlier this week about the paywall roll-out at The Toronto Star, which has been one of my daily online haunts for a while. Well, it seems the paywall is now fully operational: I just got hit [...]

Evening Roundup: The SF Chron's Paywall Goes Bust; An Interview with the CCC's Roy Kaufman; and more

By libertyc
August 15, 2013 // 1 Comment

An Interview with Roy Kaufman, Copyright Clearance Center (Scholarly Kitchen) About 18 months ago, Roy Kaufman, Wiley’s Legal Director, left us for a new role as Managing Director of New Ventures [...]

Jeff Bezos to buy The Washington Post — a Washingtonian's perspective

By libertyc
August 6, 2013 // 2 Comments

Well, it might have been a better headline to say that Amazon is buying my home town paper, but it wouldn’t be true. Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post, to the tune of $250 million in [...]

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