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If the Internet isn’t responsible for the decline in newspapers…what is?
June 12, 2014 | 3:27 am

Here’s an article from Science Daily that posits that all the claims that the Internet (or, more specifically, Internet advertising) is responsible for newspapers’ downfall are false…but then it doesn’t propose any alternative reasons to replace it. The article cites a research paper by University of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor Matthew Gentzkow, published in the American Economic Review. Gentzkow looks at the differences in rates and views between on-line and newspaper ads. The perception that the Internet is responsible for newspapers’ downfall, Gentzkow posits, is based on the idea that on-line ad revenues are lower than print...

When a byline’s more than just a byline
January 26, 2014 | 12:30 pm

bylineBrian X. Chen covers technology and gadgethead issues for the New York Times, and with a stellar career at Wired magazine behind him, he is poised to soar even higher. So as a longtime student of newspaper bylines, I was struck by Mr. Chen's middle initial ''X'' and always wondered if it was part of his real name, from birth, or a self-created middle initial for purposes of helping his name stand out from the other 10,000 Brian Chens in the Internet listings. A former Times reporter Jennifer Lee, use to use the middle "numeral" of 8 followed by a period in...

Morning Roundup: Bad News for Nook, End of Tabloids? and more
January 13, 2014 | 8:37 am

NookNook Sales Nosedive (Digital Book World) There’s no sugarcoating it: Nook took a big hit over this past holiday season. *** The End of Tabloid Papers and the New Quest for Media Responsibility (GigaOM) Tabloid newspapers have long used their powerful cover to influence and intimidate. Their looming disappearance raises interesting questions about what counts as highbrow and lowbrow media these days. *** Kickstarter is Cool (and Probably Not for Me) (John Scalzi) In many ways it would seem I’d be a prime candidate to do a Kickstarter. I don’t see one in my near future, however, save possibly one in which I have a cameo role...

Weekend Roundup: Has Google Demolished Newspapers? B&N Coming to CES Without Nook. Again
January 5, 2014 | 10:04 am

Has Google Demolished NewspapersHas Google Demolished the Newspaper Industry? (GoodeReader) The newspaper industry has lost billions of dollars in the last 10 years, which is directly proportionate to the sheer growth Google has garnered .  Should Google be doing more for the newspaper industry? *** B&N is Coming to CES 2014 Sans Nook (The Digital Reader) For the second year in a row Barnes & Noble is renting a booth at CES. Once again they will be occupying a booth in the lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center, and once again they won’t be showing off the Nook (or so the exhibitor listing and scheduled event...

In glitchy online world, news site ‘glitches’ do happen
December 8, 2013 | 2:15 pm

In a glitchy online world, news site glitches do happen, and here's a story to freeze your computer screen as we speak. A few weeks ago, a man in Manhattan read an op-ed in the New York Times online, and feeling he had something to say in response, he did what a lot of people do these days: he wrote a letter to the editor. And send it in by email. Of course, the Times receives over 500 letters to the editor every day, most by email nowadays, and the editors have to find 3 or 4 letters that "fit." Remember, the...

Weekend Roundup: New Report on Parent, Child, Teen Book Consumption, Self-published Authors, Don’t Do It All Yourself
November 24, 2013 | 9:19 am

digital attitudesNew Report on Parent, Teen, Child Book Consumption (GoodeReader) Non-profit industry tracker BookNet Canada released the results of a fall online survey to investigate the digital attitudes and practices of a variety of readers. *** Retailing: Do Trade Books on College Campuses Have a Future? (Publishers Weekly) One of the first signs that trade books in campus bookstores might be deeply troubled was when the NACS Foundation released a white paper called “Defining the College Store of 2015” at its 2010 annual Camex convention. *** Why the New York Times Needs to Think Less About Products and More About Relationships (GigaOM) The New York Times is planning...

Iconic French movie ‘Breathless’ put ‘IHT’ newspaper on global map, now re-branded as INYT
November 23, 2013 | 12:51 pm

inytGoodbye International Herald Tribune of "Breathless" movie fame and bonjour "International New York Times." A famous global print and online newspaper has been renamed, rebranded and reorganized. In an oped column last month in the New York Times, columnist Roger Cohen wrote a piece headlined "Adieu IHT, Bonjour INYT." He was trying to explain to readers how the renamed "International New York Times" (INYT) was once the iconic "International Herald Tribune" (IHT) – and before that the "New York Herald Tribune." In an old 1960 black-and-movie from France titled "Breathless," the actress Jean Seberg gained international fame for her role hawking the...

Japan’s English-language newspapers part of global trend
November 22, 2013 | 10:48 am

newspapersJapan has always had trouble explaining itself to the rest of the world in English, but for the past 50 years, several national newspapers have tried to publish English-language newspapers. While not all of them prospered or succeeded, a few of them did, and one of the best was the popular ''Daily Yomiuri" -- which has now been remained since April as “The Japan News.” It's published daily both in print and online. For Westerners living in North America or Europe, and for that matter, for all English-speaking people around the world, the online site is a deal: it's free and no paywalls...

Paying for News: What’s the Right Price?
November 14, 2013 | 2:44 pm

paying for newsI recently posted an article on the Toronto Star paywall experiment---they erected it this past summer, and now, partway into the rollout, they were reporting on the results. In my analysis, I remarked that I personally had not visited the Star's website since the paywall went up; that I get such news elsewhere now and that I don't miss the site enough to pay $9.99 a month for it. A frequent Teleread commenter made a remark in response which interested me. He said "Isn’t it odd how allergic some folks are about paying for a respected online news service yet they’d think...

Toronto Star Paywall: A Mid-Scandal Report
November 12, 2013 | 4:27 pm

toronto starCTV News has a great write-up detailing the quarterly earnings reported this week by Torstar, parent company of The Toronto Star. The Star erected a paywall this summer, and I was curious to see if their earnings had reflected any changes as a consequence. The report confirmed what I had already heard anecdotally: website hits were down---by a lot---but print revenue was up a tiny bit. John Cruickshank, the Star's publisher, did, however, have this caution: "It's so early that it really is difficult to give you a response...we've looked at models that are like the model that we have adopted, and...

New York Times Weekly edition is print only in age of Internet
November 10, 2013 | 3:24 pm

New York Times WeeklyMost readers of the daily print edition of the New York Times -- or its daily online edition, too, metered paywall or not – do not know that the Times markets an exclusive 12-page English-language news supplement that is inserted once a week in 35 foreign language newspapers around the world, from Le Figaro in France to the China Daily in Beijing. Oui, oui, si. Here in Taiwan, the Chinese-language national daily United Daily News offers readers the weekly insert every Tuesday, and most of the foreign readers use the supplement for two purposes: as an English learning tool, to brush...

Jeff Bezos buys renowned newspaper The Washington Post
August 5, 2013 | 6:56 pm

Can newspapers be saved? It’s a tricky question, and one that has haunted a lot of newspapermen over the last ten years or so. And before you respond in the negative, consider this: What if the person trying to save them, or at least one of them, is Jeff Bezos? Ars Technica reports that Jeff Bezos has just announced his intention to purchase The Washington Post newspaper and related publications for $250 million. The purchase is going through Bezos’s investment firm Explore Holdings LLC, rather than being rolled into Amazon. The Washington Post company, which owns a number...