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 Roundup: Will Next Kindle Paperwhite Gain a 300 ppi Screen in the Spring? When Self-Publishing Makes Sense

By libertyc
November 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Report: Next Kindle Paperwhite to Gain 300 ppi Screen Next Spring (The Digital Reader) Techcrunch is reporting that they have seen a prototype of the next Kindle Paperwhite. *** Will 2014 Be the Year of the Individual Paywall for Publishers? (Scholarly Kitchen)Last week, BusinessWeek published a [...]

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 [...]

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 at the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). Founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization, CCC has [...]

Morning Roundup: Free Obama e-single; Canada's best-read city; and more

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

3 Reasons Educational Book Publishing is Booming (Digital Book World) Creative breakthroughs are happening in educational publishing like never before. Justin Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Amplify, thinks he knows why. * * * The Sun (UK) Launches Innovative Digital [...]

Morning Roundup: Are Books Obsolete?

By libertyc
June 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Shifting Landscape of Book Reviews (Indie Reader) With few exceptions, major news publications do not review indie books, even though more than 235,000 titles were self-published as of 2011. This lack of coverage in traditional media outlets, however, has not stopped indies from their rise. [...]

Toronto Star Latest Paper to Announce Paywall

By libertyc
October 29, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Toronto Star has just announced that they will be launching a subscription model (aka paywall) for their website in the coming weeks. This is hot on the heels of their competitor, The Globe & Mail, rolling out the same thing last week, to decidedly mixed reviews. Complete details, such as [...]

Paywall Changes at the NY Times: The Number of Free Articles Available to Non-Subscribers Cut by 50%

By libertyc
March 20, 2012 // 1 Comment

From a NY Times Announcement: The New York Times Media Group announced today that as of Sunday, March 18, one year after launching paid digital subscriptions, it had approximately 454,000 paid subscribers to its various digital subscription packages, e-readers and replica editions of The New York [...]

Newspapers not doing well in building digital revenue, says Pew study

By Paul Biba
March 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Project for Excellence in Journalism discuss this new study by the Pew Research Center.  At the current time $7 is lost for every $1 gain in digital revenue.  Much more in the article: A new study, which combines detailed proprietary data from individual newspapers with in-depth interviews at [...]

Papers to go online on Monday and forsake print that day

By libertyc
December 8, 2011 // 1 Comment

According to an article in the Greenslade Blog of the Guardian, three papers owned by the MediaNews Group will, to save money, give up Monday publication.  On that day they will drop their paywalls and allow readers to get the content online.  For the rest of the week the paywalls will remain up. [...]

Financial Times expects on-line revenues to overtake print advertising in 2012

By libertyc
November 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, when pondering whether newspapers might eventually use free Kindles to rid themselves of print costs, I was reminded that advertising revenue is one of the major issues tying newspapers down to the print format. Which is why I found it interesting when I noticed a Reuters report that the [...]

Digital subscriptions working for the NY Times

By libertyc
October 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

From Good E Reader: The New York Times is one of the success stories for companies transcending the print world and making a viable profit from digital subscriptions. In an earnings call the company disclosed that they currently have 324,000 paid subscriptions in the 3rd quarter vs. 281,000 in the [...]

Ebooks vs. paywalls

By libertyc
October 12, 2011 // 1 Comment

Worth reading is this article from the NY Times: The number of newspapers and other media entities that are erecting paywalls or launching subscription-based apps for the iPhone and iPad continues to grow, and even some smaller regional newspapers are throwing up walls to try to protect their print [...]

Porous paywalls and book publishing

By libertyc
August 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

Felix Salmon recently wrote an article talking about how the New York Times paywall is working because it’s porous. He contrasts that to other paywalled sites who haven’t enjoyed the same success as the Times. As I read Salmon’s article I was thinking less about pourus vs. rigid [...]

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