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  • August 8, 2012
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I always find Mike Shatzkin’s blog posts interesting even if I don’t agree with him, and he’s just posted one about the problems that illustrated books are having adapting to the new e-book world. (It is in response to an article from The Bookseller that is, alas, behind their paywall.) The problem seems to be…

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  • April 1, 2012
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Readability has lately found itself plunged into some of the same hot water as aggregators Flipboard and Zite. Originally conceived as a reformatting service to let people read articles on the web in clear, easy-to-read formatting, without distracting advertisements, the service revamped itself and expanded into a subscription service to pay publishers for skipping their…

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  • March 25, 2012
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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 both the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s Online. However,…

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  • March 19, 2012
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Journalism.co.uk has an article discussing how newspapers and magazines are finding that they can mine their existing catalog of material to produce longer-form works they can sell as e-books. One in six Londoners are estimated to own an e-reader of some kind, and a number of UK and other publications are taking advantage of this….

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  • March 19, 2012
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Alex Madrigal, senior editor of The Atlantic, has written an editorial calling out Harper’s publisher John MacArthur for refusing to allow his magazine to have anything to do with the Internet. MacArthur sees the Internet as “a gigantic Xerox machine” through which magazine content would be given away for free, for not much return. MacArthur…

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  • March 16, 2012
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Ad Age reports that Condé Nast is going to open a program offering more information on the habits of tablet magazine readers to all its advertisers. The program started out with a trial run that only provided the information to select advertisers. The information will cover ten weeks after each issue comes out, and include…

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  • March 16, 2012
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Conde Nast — publisher of The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and GQ, among other titles — will for the first time give advertisers information about who is reading the tablet-based versions of its titles. The publisher, which announced the news Thursday morning to Ad Age, plans to provide such metrics about 10 weeks after the…

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  • February 12, 2012
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Taptu CEO Mitch Lazar has a guest post on TechCrunch discussing four major errors that publishers make when importing content to tablets. These mistakes include developing their own platform rather than using one that other companies’ development teams have already made, not enabling social network sharing of their content which could expose it to a…

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  • January 28, 2012
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I ran across an interesting pair of articles concerning academic journal indexes—a complaint about the journals’ expense and inaccessibility by Laura McKenna in The Atlantic, and a rebuttal pointing out a number of errors and misconceptions in McKenna’s article by Nancy Sims of the University of Minnesota Libraries on her blog. At the heart of…

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  • January 23, 2012
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On paidContent, Gregory Galant suggests a way that the magazine industry could help itself stay afloat that does not involve making an iPad app. He points out that in its focus on digital, the industry seems to be ignoring certain other aspects of the overall magazine customer service experience—most notably the subscription process. Galant reports…