Rupert Murdoch

Wall Street Journal blasts Apple anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich for overcharging, malfeasance

By Chris Meadows
February 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Well, there goes the Wall Street Journal again. In a paywalled opinion piece (just Google “All Along the Apple Watchtower” to read it), the Journal once again takes aim at Apple anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich. The editorial complains, among other things, of Bromwich’s $1,100 per hour fee [...]

Big Publishing big-mouth speaks on Charlie Hebdo – and it ain’t pretty

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Charlie Hebdo massacre naturally involves writers, magazines, and publishers everywhere, touching as it does on issues of free speech, free expression, and the right to publish. It also gives those same communities the chance to condemn themselves out of their own mouths. And one Big Five [...]

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp unveils its own Android tablet

By Dan Eldridge
March 6, 2013 // 3 Comments

We learned today that the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corporation has unveiled a 10-inch Android tablet designed specifically for schoolchildren. Known as the Amplify Tablet (Amplify is also the name of the News Corp’s education division), the $299 slate was presented earlier today at [...]

The Daily closes up shop with a holiday-themed musical

By libertyc
December 15, 2012 // 1 Comment

As most of you are perfectly well aware, there are a lot of really bad YouTube videos floating around out there online. But occasionally, a video comes along that it so ragingly goofy—embarrassing, even—that you can’t help but share it with friends. To wit: The well-intentioned (yet [...]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By libertyc
December 4, 2012 // 1 Comment

Barnes & Noble: Taking the Nook to Foreign Markets (Good E-Reader) ex-Google Chief to Publish Book About Digital Future (Digital Book World) Why Rupert Murdoch’s Bold Bet on The Daily was Doomed from the Start (GigaOM) Business Models are Changing, Trial and Error will Ensue (Mike [...]

Penguin, Random House Merger Shows E-Books Dominate

By libertyc
October 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

So two of the largest publishers in the world are merging their book arms entirely to deal with “this exciting, fast-moving world of digital books and digital readers,” to quote Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino. Could there be any clearer proof that e-books are where the action is, and [...]

Morning Roundup – Stories you may have missed

By libertyc
September 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Barnes & Noble Launches a Family-Friendly Media Tablet (The Digital Reader) What a Plagiarism Epidemic Says About the Decline of Print (GigaOM) Publisher Sues for Return of Book Advances (Good E-Reader) Murdoch’s Times Unblocks Search Engines (Paid Content) Morrissey Rescues Elderly Woman [...]

What does the News Corp split mean for HarperCollins?

By libertyc
July 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Under pressure from News Corp’s upper management, Rupert Murdoch has lately agreed to divide News Corp up into two corporations—one that contains the corporation’s entertainment assets, and the other to contain its newspaper and publishing assets—including “Big Six”/”Agency Five” [...]

HarperCollins is a ripoff in any language, by Blue Tyson

By libertyc
December 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Harper Collins’ takes a different approach from its competitors in its quest to ripoff Aussie readers.  Rather than massively overcharging Australians to prop up their foreign operations, they have gone for a more mixed, global price hike strategy.  This does, of course, involve over-charging [...]

Agent Andrew Wylie tries to tie HarperCollins to News Corp scandal…badly

By libertyc
July 18, 2011 // 5 Comments

Any time you turn on the news, odds are good you will see something about the News Corporation voicemail-hacking scandal which has again exploded onto headlines in the last few days. It stood to reason that sooner or later some corner of it would reach into the e-book world. Yet, strangely enough, [...]

The Times of London reportedly has 100,000 paid digital subscribers

By Chris Walters
July 6, 2011 // 1 Comment

Ever since Rupert Murdoch’s The Times erected a paywall a year ago, observers have been curious about whether it could bring in enough paying readers with such a strict no-free-content policy. This week, AdNews reported that the newspaper “now has 101,036 people signed up to its digital [...]

More staff leaves Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily iPad newspaper

By libertyc
May 29, 2011 // 1 Comment

On the Huffington Post, Michael Calderone reports that a number of executives have been leaving Rupert Murdoch’s iPad newspaper The Daily lately. Latest to go is art director for news Gabriel Dance it, who represents the seventh executive to leave the paper in recent months. However The Daily [...]

The Daily iPad periodical: Prospects for success and wish lists

By libertyc
January 31, 2011 // 0 Comments

As the launch date of Rupert Murdoch’s iPad periodical The Daily approaches, more pundits are weighing in on what they want from it, or how it could succeed or fail. At PaidContent, Evan Rudowski of SubHub discusses the failure of Rupert Murdoch’s last big attempt at taking the digital media [...]

Murdoch tabloid News of the World costs more on the iPad than in print

By libertyc
December 22, 2010 // 2 Comments

Robert Andrews at PaidContent reports on the latest of Rupert Murdoch’s print media holdings to get an iPad tablet app—the tabloid News of the World. Andrews notes that the application framework it uses is a slow, awkward replication of the magazine’s original print pages that has to be [...]

Financial Times’s paywall strategy helps it continue to thrive

By libertyc
November 29, 2010 // 1 Comment

Crain’s New York Business has a story by Matthew Flamm about how the Financial Times continues to thrive despite Rupert Murdoch’s vow to “crush” the paper with his newly-acquired Wall Street Journal. The article credits the Times’s survival with its tight focus (whereas Murdoch has [...]

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