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Starlog available online via Internet Archive
December 22, 2014 | 1:25 pm

Starlog, the very significant and much-missed science fiction magazine that ran from 1976 to 2009, has now been made available in full courtesy of the Magazine Rack section of the Internet Archive, which has put the entire run of issues up online, from its Star Trek-inspired inception to its eventual bankruptcy. Starlog was lucky - or aware of the zeitgeist - enough to launch almost contemporaneously with the debut of the first Star Wars movie, and rode the impetus that gave for science fiction over 375 issues. It's not clear whether the Internet Archive collection is complete as claimed -...

Meanwhile in the newspaper world, print thrives—out east
June 20, 2013 | 1:30 pm

newspaper Despite predictions of their imminent demise, newspapers are not only still with us, but even expanding their readership—in Asia, at least. According to the latest annual World Press Trends survey of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), "print newspaper circulations continued to rise in Asia and decline in mature markets in the West" in 2012 and 2013. From an e-book writer's perspective, this matters not only in terms of what platform remains dominant as a publication platform, but also, for many writers, what the future holds for an important source of additional income. According to WAN-IFRA, the data showed...

Flipboard 2.0 Comes to Android with Curated Magazines
May 9, 2013 | 3:59 pm

Flipboard Flipboard for Android finally received an update to version 2.0. The biggest new feature of this update is the ability to create and share personalized magazines. This feature was first introduced for iOS a couple months ago. Flipboard 2.0 also utilizes Android’s native sharing functionality. You’ll be able to save content to a Flipboard magazine from other applications such as the photo gallery or Web browser.  Once you create a magazine, you can choose to share it on social networks, through email or text message. One downside to the magazines is that some articles can’t be read in full from the Flipboard application. You’ll...

Are you a Wired subscriber? Grab your free e-book.
May 6, 2013 | 12:35 pm

WiredWired magazine will be celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout the remainder of 2013, and as something of a celebration, the editorial team has put together Wired @20, an e-book consisting of what the editors consider to be "20 of the most important and mind-blowing stories from the [Wired] archives." Interestingly (and wisely, I'd say), the stories include "all-new epilogues that bring the articles up to date." So even if you've been reading Wired cover-to-cover from day one, you'll probably still find something of interest here. The anthology includes Evan Ratliff's absolutely masterful feature on how to vanish in the digital age, for instance. It also...

What does the popularity of 7-inch tablets mean for the publishing industry?
November 24, 2012 | 4:38 pm

Amazon Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, tablets  By James Sturdivant | for Publishing Business Today In September, Amazon announced several new tablets, including the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, which, along with Microsoft's new Surface tablet, are expected give Apple's iPad mini a run for its money this holiday season. Appearing along with the Kindle Fire HD at launch were new tablet editions of Better Homes & Gardens, Reader’s Digest, National Geographic, and several Condé Nast titles, all powered by Adobe's digital publishing software and optimized for the Fire's 4G LTE wireless and Wi-Fi, HD display, high-performance processor and dual stereo speakers. Publishing Business Today asked Lynly Schambers-Lenox, Group Product Marketing Manager, Digital...

Fantastic Archives!
July 11, 2012 | 7:06 am

With a $10,000 research prize as well as thousands of periodicals for reading and study, I've very recently found a great resource for librarians, eReaders and classic pulp fiction fans.  With titles ranging from Collier's Weekly to classic works of pulp such as Argosy, Weird Tales, and even Yank magazine, I've been reading for hours. If this sounds interesting to you, then head on over to unz.org, a site I recently stumbled across when doing some research for my history blog.  Brought online by Ron Unz, who has been a huge fan of Wikipedia, there are thousand of resources to look...

Next Issue Subscription Magazine App Available for iPad
July 10, 2012 | 9:36 am

Upsell hp t From the Good E-Reader Blog.  More details in the article.  In notice that they have a 30 day trial.  I'm going to give it a shot. Next Media, the company behind a monthly-fee based subscription service that allowed Android device users to pay on flat fee to read any magazine from a host of publishers, has now incorporated iOS devices into the fold with the launch of its App Store magazine app. By working with Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp, and Time, subscribers now have access to thirty-nine different titles for one price, based on the plan the readers choose,...

E-magazine service Zinio reportedly seeks buyer
June 25, 2012 | 9:15 pm

And speaking of e-magazines, CNN’s Fortune Magazine has broken the story that Zinio, the original e-newsstand app, is now seeking a buyer, to the tune of $50 to $100 million. CNN calls Zinio a competitor to Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s Newsstand apps, but Zinio has been around since long before the Kindle was even a twinkle in Jeff Bezos’s eye, let alone the Johnny-come-lately Newsstand app belying Steve Jobs’s claim that nobody reads anymore. We first mentioned Zinio back in 2002, as “proprietary software designed for reading magazines on tablet PCs.” It popped up again in 2004 (only available...

Forbes changes article format, draws more traffic
June 22, 2012 | 8:18 am

article_old_new-3In this era of fading revenues, how can a newspaper or magazine draw traffic while differentiating itself from the hundreds of other similar sites out there? Lewis DVorkin, Chief Product Officer of Forbes Media, has written about how Forbes is doing just that. Most news sites, DVorkin writes, are still very similar to their appearance of ten years ago: plain, generic, boring text; sidebars with as many links as possible (search-engine fodder, don’t you know); very little individuality from article to article or even paper to paper. The larger point is this: the...

Time Inc. to bring magazines to Apple newsstand store
June 14, 2012 | 7:39 pm

The New York Times reports that Time Inc., the largest magazine publisher in the US, has reversed its previous position on Apple’s newsstand e-magazine store, and will make all of its magazines available through that platform. Historically, Time only sold single issues of its magazines as apps through the app store, or allowed print subscribers to read iPad editions at no additional cost. This will mark the first time the company has authorized digital-only subscriptions. Although neither side was willing to discuss the terms, it seems that the deal represents a compromise, with Apple and Time both giving a...

Interview with Zite CEO Mark Johnson
June 11, 2012 | 9:10 am

Images  1 Zite is my favorite personalized magazine on the iPad.  I much prefer it to Flipboard, as it has a much better aggregation of materials and a superior user experience.  StrategyEye has an interview with Zite's CEO about the state of digital media.  Here's a snippet: ¤ What are the main barriers for publishers seeking to monetise online? The technology pieces are mostly in place now. There's a system of micropayments that’s been enabled by devices like iPad and the iTunes store. There are also ways to protect your content these days. You have delivery devices like the iPad, which is a really...

Why publishers don’t like apps
May 8, 2012 | 9:55 am

Images That's the title of an article by Jason Pontin, the editor in chief of MIT's Technology Review.  He discusses how publishers were seduced into doing apps by the iPad and how they became disappointed with the results.  But the real problem with apps was more profound. When people read news and features on electronic media, they expect stories to possess the linky-ness of the Web, but stories in apps didn't really link. The apps were, in the jargon of information technology, "walled gardens," and although sometimes beautiful, they were small, stifling gardens. For readers, none of that beauty overcame the weirdness...

Magazine publishers come together to agree on tablet metrics
April 2, 2012 | 9:44 am

Images That's the title of an article in TabTimes: The New York Times reports that the Association of Magazine Media (MPA) is to announce a set of voluntary guidelines on tablet publishing later today (Monday). The guidelines are reported to have been drawn up with help from magazine publishers Bonnier, Condé Nast, Forbes, Hearst and Time Inc. The guidelines are expected to lay out how magazines measure their tablet editions, detail the vocabulary used in those definitions and offer a rough time frame for when reader data will be released. The measures will include the total number of a publication’s digital issues, the...

7 lessons in magazine iPad app design from an industry guru
March 28, 2012 | 10:13 am

Images Here's a great article from Engage.  At the end of the article, Robert Newman, discusses which type of magazines he thinks will survive and which will die.  Newman is the creative director of Readers Digest and former creative director of Real Simple.  He's also design director of Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, Vibe, Details and New York. Lesson 1: Let It Read Newman: You want to design something that takes full advantage of the iPad’s capabilities. People like to read on iPads. So the first thing you have to do is make the reading experience really easy and really pleasurable....

Wired delivers the first-ever NFC-enabled advertisement
March 22, 2012 | 8:55 am

Images From the press release: WIRED today announced that the first-ever magazine advertisement utilizing Near Field Communication (NFC) technology will appear in its April issue (on newsstands 3/20). Readers who own NFC-enabled Android smartphones can launch a mobile website allowing them to test-drive the new Lexus Enform with Safety Connect, Lexus’ in-car navigation and information service by simply placing their phone near the ad. Once the ...

Th(ink) E-Reading Summit: Executive View: Leading Magazine Publisher Perspective – Hearst
March 21, 2012 | 10:45 am

Screen Shot 2012 03 20 at 5 05 00 PM David Renard, Senior Analyst and Partner, mediaIDEAS Moderator: John Loughlin, Executive VP & General Manager, Hearst Magazines:  publishing industry today is chaotic.  The magazine business today is the most exciting and energizing place in media.  This is because they have the benefit of a very strong traditional business that underpins the entry into the digital world. Hearst is bullish on print.  Have 300 editions in 60 countries.  There is a strong horizon for print and the fact that these are brands allows them to transform them into a lot of other platforms.  Print business is s slower growing business and so is challenging in...

Condé Nast opens tablet reader metrics program to all advertisers
March 15, 2012 | 11:24 pm

Conde-NastAd 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 the number of paid subscriptions and single-copy sales, the number of people who actually read the issues, the total number of times they opened it, and how much time they spent reading it. Premium advertisers will get extra information based on how customers engage...

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