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Sesame Street to premiere on HBO in new funding deal

By Chris Meadows
August 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sesame Street is going from a public thoroughfare to a toll road, so to speak. The show has entered a 5-year deal with HBO to provide funding in return for a 9-month period of exclusivity on new episodes. The episodes will air free on PBS after that period ends. This begins with the new season’s [...]

MediaShift Plans Series of E-Books

By libertyc
May 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

MediaShift and PBS are getting into the e-book business. The first line of e-books will focus on topics within the MediaShift realm. The books are Your Guide to Cutting the Cord to Cable TV and How to Self-Publish Your Book. Both books provide a ‘how-to’ on the respective topics with the [...]

DRM turns e-book experience into confusing maze of incompatibility and missing features

By libertyc
October 31, 2011 // 6 Comments

PBS’s MediaShift is running a series on e-books this week, and not all the articles are as lame as the one I talked about earlier asking whether Amazon was short-changing authors. MediaShift’s business columnist Dorian Benkoil wrote a lengthy column complaining about the annoying maze of [...]

Is Amazon short-changing authors? Who knows?

By libertyc
October 31, 2011 // 7 Comments

PBS’s MediaShift blog looks at whether Amazon’s self-publishing operations might be short-changing authors, but doesn’t really seem to do a whole lot by way of saying yes or no apart from simply posing the question. The article discusses Amazon’s direct publishing pricing practices, and [...]

The Public Broadcasting model for ebooks, by Eric Hellman

By libertyc
April 7, 2011 // 4 Comments

Imagine if Radiolab (my favorite radio show) were a book. It would be a best-seller, probably the kind you might buy at Target. It would sound good on your coffee table, and you’d have a shelf full of your favorite episodes. You’d also be able to get it for free at the library. Now that [...]

How digital technologies affected magazines in 2010

By libertyc
December 26, 2010 // 1 Comment

On PBS’s MediaShift, Susan Currie Sivek has a great article summing up the effect that the iPad and other digital technologies had on magazines in 2010. She starts by looking at magazine apps for the iPad: Zinio, Wired (which sold 105,000 copies in June, but was down to 32,000 by the month of [...]

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