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Toronto Star Paywall Coming Down April 1
March 30, 2015 | 2:25 pm

toronto starAnd another one bites the dust! The countdown is on for one of Canada's major dailies to take their paywall down. On April 1, the Toronto Star website will once again be free. I am not at all surprised by this. I used to visit the Star's website regularly, but as soon as I heard about the paywall, I changed my morning news bookmark to the free (and owned by the same parent company) Metro News and never looked back. This, I think, is the fatal flaw of the paywall model---they never factored in that even if the content really was...

Morning Links: 2014 Reading habits survey. Can data journalism be taught?
March 26, 2015 | 9:00 am

journalismGlobal eBook Opportunities Rising (Digital Book World) A recent Pew study hints at growing opportunities for ebook publishers and retailers to reach more English-language readers around the world. *** The Great 2014 Reading Habits Survey: The Results (Book Riot) This post presents the reading and spending habits of the Riot readers who responded to the survey. *** Can Data Journalism be Taught? (The Digital Shift) Can you really teach data journalism? It’s a dumb question that I’m soon going to find the answer for: This semester I started teaching at the Berkeley J-School... *** The Canadian Newspaper Industry is Consolidating (GoodeReader) The Canadian Competition Bureau has given the green light...

Morning Links: Unplugging your kids. What’s up and down with eBooks
March 10, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooks judgingFarewell, GigaOM: Tech News Powerhouse Shutting Down (Mashable) San Francisco-based tech blog GigaOm, a widely-respected name in the industry for nearly a decade, is shutting down for want of funding, according to its founder. *** How to Unplug Your Kids Despite Schools Pushing Tech with Common Core (MediaShift) The American Society of Pediatrics’ most recent guidelines for media use among children note that lots of kids are spending seven hours or more a day looking at a screen. *** So What's Up (and Down) with eBooks? (Dear Author) So now that Hachette and Amazon have settled their epic feud, and we’re seeing the results of publisher...

Morning Links: 9 frustrations to fix in iOS 9. Digital newspaper bundling
February 17, 2015 | 9:00 am

ios9Princeton Inherits $300M Worth of Rare Books (GalleyCat) William H. Scheide, a graduate of Princeton University, passed away last year and left a very valuable rare book collection to his alma mater. *** Digital Newspaper Bundling for Added Value (GoodeReader) This type of value-added offer for digital readers is becoming an increasingly common step for any industry that looks to entice consumers and retain a loyal following. *** 9 Frustrations I'd Like to See Apple Fix in iOS9 (GigaOM) I’ve become very frustrated with that the pace Apple has been introducing new features has come at a stability cost. *** Rakuten Reports Revenues Up 15%, eBook Losses Narrowing...

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...