New York Times new-reader strategy focuses on free

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal has a piece looking at recent efforts by the New York Times to make more content available for free. The Times has a tricky tightrope to walk, as it’s long been one of the big boosters of subscriptions and paywalls—but evidence is mounting that kids these days get most [...]

Amazon patents scheduled recurring deliveries

By libertyc
February 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

A few days ago I brought up a patent Amazon got on reselling “used” digital content. It turns out that’s not the only odd patent Amazon’s gotten lately. Dan brought to my attention U.S. patent number 8,370,271, which Amazon just received on “recurring delivery of products.” Essentially, [...]

Where Readability went wrong

By libertyc
June 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

On the blog Expletive Inserted, Greg Cox has a look at the failure of Readability’s subscribers-pay-for-content plan that I mentioned Readability has decided to close down. Distilling various voices from the blogosphere who have posted their own comments about the issue, Cox boils the lessons [...]

Readability ends publisher payment subscription plan

By libertyc
June 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

The experiment is over. On article-reformatting utility Readability’s blog, CEO Rich Zlade announced that Readability is ending its 15-month-old reader fees for publisher payment program, in which it collected donations from subscribers to pay out to publishers of sites that Readability users [...]

Court rules Wall Street Journal can change terms of digital subscription

By libertyc
March 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

A district court has thrown out a class action suit against Dow Jones (owner of the Wall Street Journal) for changing the subscription terms for its on-line Wall Street Journal service, PaidContent reports. Originally, one single WSJ online subscription price covered access to digital versions of [...]

Readability drops fee requirements for premium features

By libertyc
January 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

Remember when Readability went freemium, adding a subscription fee from which it could pay magazines whose content got ad-stripped? (This caused it to run afoul of Apple’s in-app payments policy, though it resubmitted and got that straightened out.) It turned out that Readability’s ambitions [...]

Google to offer ChromeOS notebooks on subscription plan

By libertyc
April 20, 2011 // 0 Comments

Neowin reports that “a reliable source” has indicated that Google ChromeOS notebooks will be available for purchase around the end of June or the start of July, and that in addition to standard sales, Google will offer them on a monthly subscription basis. For $10-$20 per month, Google will [...]

24symbols promises Netflix-like subscription library access

By libertyc
April 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

On Booksprung, Chris Walters reports that a Spanish company named Bestsharer is testing 24symbols, a service akin to Spotify or Netflix for e-books, with an eye toward a June launch. It will essentially be a subscription-based service by which for a monthly fee readers will get access to a [...]

INMA issues statement about tablet subscriptions – highly critical of Apple

By libertyc
February 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

The INMA, an international organization, completed its tablet roundtable on subscriptions in London and issues a statement highly critical of Apple. Here is the full release: INMA today hosted an invitation-only Roundtable on Tablet Subscriptions at the Park Inn Hotel at London’s Heathrow [...]

Apple announces subscription model in Apps Store

By libertyc
February 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

MacWorld is reporting this. More info in the article. Subscriptions for iOS apps will work much the same way as we’ve already seen with The Daily. Publishers can charge subscriptions on a weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, semiannually, or yearly basis, and customers can sign up via in-app [...]

Time Inc. and Sports Illustrated roll out “all access” digital subscriptions for Android

By libertyc
February 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the press release: Time Inc. and Sports Illustrated announced the introduction of new “All Access” digital subscription plans that will deliver the iconic print magazine to consumers at all touch points (or on all platforms) beginning today with Android tablets and smartphones as [...]

On making digital subscriptions work, by Adam Hodgkin

By libertyc
February 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

All Things Digital has an interesting essay by John Squires: “Apple, Google and the Publishers: Here’s How to Make Subscriptions Work”. Squires used to be a senior executive at Time Inc and is founder of Next Issue Media a company that is stealthily developing a new approach to [...]

European publishers confused by Apple’s “new” payment rules for subscriptions

By libertyc
February 2, 2011 // 2 Comments

MocoNews has a long article on this today. It’s worth reading the whole thing: Grzegorz Piechota, the European president of the International Newsmedia Marketing Association—which represents some 5,000 members in 80 countries worldwide—told us that the INMA will be meeting with the [...]

Readability implements subscription fee, pledges to pay content publishers

By libertyc
February 1, 2011 // 3 Comments

Arc90 is implementing a major change in its article de-cluttering service Readability: it is going to an at-least-$5 per month subscription model for continued use of the service. Of this $5 (or however much readers wish to kick in), 70% will be set aside to pay the content providers whose [...]

Apple enforcement of in-app purchase clause may imperil e-book apps

By libertyc
January 24, 2011 // 16 Comments

A shot fired by Apple in the ongoing e-magazine controversy could end up having profound implications for reading non-iBooks e-books on iOS devices. It’s no surprise that speculation has been rife about whether Apple was going to kill other e-book apps on its iOS platform ever since in-app [...]

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