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Smartphone size no obstacle to long reading
August 5, 2014 | 8:45 am

Hey, guess what? People read on their smartphones. That’s the thrust of a piece in Wired that talks about how the smartphone has been a godsend for long-form written journalism. Where people used to read their newspapers on the subway, now they read their smartphones—and despite the predictions of those who said such devices would destroy our attention span, the evidence is pretty good that smartphone users are able to concentrate enough to read articles thousands of words long in one go. The Atlantic recently reported that a gorgeously illustrated 6,200-word story on BuzzFeed—which likewise...

Another bad idea: Charging news aggregators for snippets
May 13, 2014 | 4:25 pm

news aggregatorsGoogle is the bad guy yet again. Well, not just Google but other news aggregators. Spain is attempting to pass a law to force aggregators to pay for the content they collect. The argument for the law is that most people don't click through headlines and snippets to get to the "real" site. So since the news site isn't getting their page views from the aggregators, they want to charge for the links. From the article: Under the new law, the original publisher will be compensated even for the reproduction of headlines and snippets of text. Written permission and a greater fee...

British printers struggle to cope with shift toward digital media
April 15, 2014 | 5:46 pm

printingpressMy friend Michael Brotzman pointed out this story to me from the New York Times, about how the printing industry in Britain is coping with the decreased demand for its services. Even as high technology leads to printers that can print bigger runs, faster, more efficiently, and with fewer operators, demand is dwindling and so are employees. The British printing industry is down from an estimated 200,000 workers in 2001 to fewer than 125,000 now. And for the jobs that are left, the UK is more and more often having to compete with lower labor costs of printers in continental...

One more use for newsprint you won’t see on Kindle: Canvases for amazing artworks
March 7, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Here's one more contribution from the legacy of printed paper that Jeff Bezos will not be bringing to the global cultural inheritance any time soon: Fabulous portraits and hand-drawn life drawings done on old newspapers, printed pages, letters, and other found or abandoned paper surfaces. These are the creations of artist Mark Powell, frequently executed in ballpoint, and often incorporating the texture of the underlying newsprint or other document into the final artwork. Just look at the texture of the topographical map in the piece below, for example, and how it fits into the portrait.   "Both the canvas he uses and the...

Interview: Claudia Zimmer, CEO, Aquafadas
February 8, 2014 | 11:04 am

I spoke to Claudia Zimmer, CEO of the French company Aquafadas, which provides software for digital publishing, especially of magazines and periodicals, on the company's view of the current market and plans for the future. TeleRead: What is the Aquafadas house view of the optimal future for digital news and magazine publishing? What solutions is the company deploying to deliver this? Claudia Zimmer: The most important thing for our clients is that they’re able to create amazing and beautiful digital publications in a short period of time. Today, economic pressure on publishers is an important factor; they need solutions that are both...

Want to be a writer? Call your career advisor NOW!
November 29, 2013 | 4:42 pm

Oops, did I mess up big time?! And you think you might want to be a writer too? Well, our chosen profession and vocation just happen to come out low and rock bottom in terms of career choices. At least according to, via the Wall Street Journal. Their poll of the  Best and Worst Jobs of 2013, listing the top - and bottom - 200 professions, ranked "Author" as No. 156 and "Newspaper Reporter" as No. 200. Bummer, eh? If I'd turned right instead of left along that critical career path, I could have aspired to the heights of...

John Paton reports from the newspaper digital subscription frontline
November 20, 2013 | 12:10 pm

John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media, the parent company of MediaNews Group and 21st Century Media, which operates "operate more than 800 digital and online products in 18 states serving more than 61.5 million customers per month," has become something of an icon for print periodical turnaround stories since his rescue of the Journal Register Co., now part of 21st Century. And he recently disclosed in his personal blog - tellingly titled "Digital First" - some details of "The Subscription Project" at his group, and their results so far. "The transformational journey from print to digital is a long one. And...

Dallas Morning News taking down its paywall
October 1, 2013 | 3:37 pm

Trying to figure out a way to monetize the news has been a struggle for print newspapers. For one company, a paywall was definitely not the answer. The Dallas Morning News has announced it will do away with its paywall that it has had since 2011. The numbers just weren’t there, according to an article on the company’s site. Instead, the Dallas Morning News will offer a new website for premium customers. The free and pay version will offer the same content, but the paid customers will get enhanced features, the article stated. Jason Dyer, chief marketing officer for The News, acknowledged that the...

Morning Roundup: Jeff Bezos compares newspapers to horses; manuscript wishlist hashtag returns; more
September 26, 2013 | 11:11 am

Adding Some Evidence to Copyright's 'Evidence'Free' Zone (Boing Boing) In the Columbia Journalism Review, Sarah Laskow looks at the empirical research on whether, and how, copyright works. From Christopher Buccafusco et al's experimental work on the motivations for creative work to Paul Heald's work on copyright term-extension, which showed that the negative impact of extending copyright on most works -- as their copyright terms extended, they simply disappeared. *** Jeff Bezos is Both Right and Wrong About Why Newspapers are Like Horses (Paid Content) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he sees a future in which newspapers are like horses — a luxury item for...

Morning Roundup: Goodreads announces new policy, Intern bill of rights; more
September 23, 2013 | 10:25 am

Goodreads Announces New Policy: Now Deletes Reviews Which Mention Author Behaviour (The Digital Shift) Goodreads has long been struggling to decide between the opposing needs of reader/reviewers and of authors, and today the latter group has finally won out. *** Firms Sign on to 'Intern Bill of Rights' Amid Ongoing Unpaid Labour Fights (GigaOM) InternMatch, a start-up that helps students find internships, is calling on companies to sign a “Bill of Rights’ that promises fair treatment and paid or meaningful work. Some big names are signing on. *** Digital is New Salvation for European Newspapers (GoodeReader) European newspapers have often been shielded by the same issues plaguing...

Morning Roundup: The newspaper industry’s decline; the books we pretend to read; more
September 9, 2013 | 9:25 am

newspapersNewspapers May be Dying but the Internet Didn't Kill Them (GigaOM) As journalism professor George Brock points out, the newspaper industry has been in decline since long before the internet came along — and journalism is doing fine if you know where to look. * * * Cote Details Limits of Apple's Relationship with Publishers (Good e-Reader) In a seventeen page document from US Judge Denise Cote filed on September 5th, Apple learned the full extent of how it is expected to conduct business with publishers from now on. * * * The Number One Book Brits Pretend to Have Read is 1984, But for Americans It’s Pride...

Eyeball-licking trend in Japan debunked by sharp-eyed reporter
August 31, 2013 | 9:38 pm

JapanWhen the Guardian posted a "news article" earlier this year headlined "Eyeball-licking: the fetish that is making Japanese teenagers sick," all hell broke loose. That's because the "story" was a hoax, and the Guardian, along with a number of news-gathering outlets, did not do the proper fact-checking that such stories warrant. But thanks to the Tokyo-based American journalist Mark Schreiber—he's been writing, reporting and translating in Japan since 1965—the fake story has been debunked, and the Guardian has since apologized and taken the article down. Case closed? Not really, because this kind of thing happens a lot in the digital age, where fact-checkers...

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