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  • October 27, 2012
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Talks between publishers’ owners Pearson and Bertelsmann may conclude quickly, say insiders, as Pearson shares rise 0.7% Talks over a merger of book publishers Penguin and Random House could be concluded within a fortnight, insiders have indicated. Penguin owner Pearson and Bertelsmann, the German parent company of the US publisher Random House confirmed the talks…

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  • September 26, 2012
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PaidContent has an interesting piece on another plagiarism kerfuffle in the news lately, as a columnist from one newspaper used verbatim quotes from someone else without crediting them for it, and the editors of the plagiarizing writer’s paper posted an apology that many felt wasn’t sincere enough. But the interesting part to me isn’t the…

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  • September 20, 2012
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As newspapers are more and more imperiled by Internet e-news, veteran CEO/journalist Alan D. Mutter has a fairly long piece on the potential demise or sweeping change lying in store for USA Today, the paper that basically tried to be the Internet news before the Internet was available to the public. The paper is currently…

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  • September 4, 2012
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Should newspapers raise their prices? I’ve been doubtful in the past. There’s no monopoly on facts, after all. If the New York Times wants to hide its content behind a paywall, you can just read the news from some other paper online instead. Sites like Google News exist to make that sort of thing possible….

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  • September 1, 2012
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What’s the right amount to give away free in order to make money by selling extras? It’s a good question, and it’s one that a lot of digital media struggle with. Though the name is relatively recent, the “Freemium” model has gotten quite popular over the last decade or so. Baen gives away free e-books…

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  • August 31, 2012
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Not all perils to print media are necessarily entirely digital. Sometimes those perils can come in the form of something that adds to digital’s effect. Veteran journalist and Silicon Valley CEO Alan D. Mutter has a post on his blog Reflections of a Newsosaur looking at a potentially huge loss of advertising revenue to newspapers…

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  • August 29, 2012
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Newspapers’ digital problem is a bit more pointed than the problem of e-books. Much as publishers gripe about retailers selling e-books cheaper than they want them to, they are, at least, still getting paid for their e-books. Newspapers by and large have to choose between giving their electronic content away for free to sell advertising…

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  • May 9, 2012
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Ongo, a newspaper-backed startup that tried to sell digital subscriptions to a variety of publications, is shuttering after less than two years. The New York Times, the Washington Post and Gannett each put a reported $4 million into the company, but it never got traction with subscribers. Nieman Journalism Lab has a good exit interview…

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  • May 5, 2012
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Newspapers are supposed to be relying on the Web for new revenue streams. But the digital ad business may be letting them down. The Washington Post reported this morning that its online ad revenue dropped 7 percent in the first three months of 2012. That follows a New York Times earnings release which saw that…

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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…