The hazards of being skeptical: Clifford Stoll on the Internet in 1995

By libertyc
December 19, 2013 // 8 Comments

Here’s an amusing little article I just discovered tonight thanks to a friend passing on the link. It involves Clifford Stoll, author of the 1989 book The Cuckoo’s Egg about catching a hacker years before most people even knew what the Internet was, pontificating on this new-fangled Internet [...]

Salon Magazine seeks buyer or merger

By libertyc
November 30, 2010 // 1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal reports that Salon Magazine, one of the oldest and best-known Internet-only newsmagazines, is considering putting itself up for sale. Over its 15-year history, the magazine has tried just about every method possible of finding profitability—paywalls, advertising, [...] merges with The Daily Beast

By libertyc
November 19, 2010 // 0 Comments

A week ago I mentioned that U.S. News and World Reports was ceasing print operations. But another interesting on-line news story that has been developing over the last week is the decision of Tina Brown, managing editor at both Newsweek and the news blog/aggregator The Daily Beast, to merge the two [...]

Quick note: Great Newsweek chart on ebooks

By libertyc
August 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

Newsweek has a great ebook chart entitled “Does one have to win? Books vs E-Books”. I can’t reproduce a readable version of the chart here so go over and take a look. They list the average author royalty for a book at $3.90 and $2.12 for a download. Thanks to Michael Pastore for [...]

Newsweek looks at the ‘books vs. e-books’ question

By libertyc
August 7, 2010 // 1 Comment

On Newsweek, Malcolm Jones writes an interesting editorial pondering whether e-books might replace printed books, and if so, what will happen to libraries. Although, despite the mention of libraries in the article’s headline (“Farewell, Libraries?”), there is actually relatively little [...]

Publishers should beware the iPad – says Jacob Weisberg

By libertyc
May 18, 2010 // 1 Comment

That’s the subtitle of his Newsweek article. Here’s an excerpt of a really good read: The bigger mistake some publishers seem eager to make is embracing an Apple-controlled marketplace. … If you want to play in Apple’s playground, the company decides what apps are [...]

The Daily Show: Newsweek’s Jon Meacham says it’s time to emphasize digital over print

By libertyc
May 6, 2010 // 1 Comment

Sometimes the importance of digital reading shows up in unexpected places. Business Insider reports on Wednesday night’s episode of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, which featured an interview with Newsweek editor in chief Jon Meacham. It came out yesterday that, after nearly 50 years of [...]

Newsweek redesigns website, moves to Amazon cloud

By libertyc
April 26, 2010 // 2 Comments

To cut back on expenditures, Newsweek is making some changes to the way its website is hosted. MediaWeek reports that the magazine is ceasing to host its own website, instead moving to the “cloud”—outsourcing web hosting to Amazon. Newsweek estimates this move could save them $500,000 yearly. [...]

Magazine publishers and Apple make for uneasy partnership

By libertyc
April 6, 2010 // 0 Comments

Remember how newspaper and magazine publishers got annoyed with Amazon because Amazon did not give them the subscriber demographic information they wanted? Well, guess what? As the Wall Street Journal reports, it seems that Apple isn’t any better. As electronic editions of magazines like Time and [...]

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