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The hazards of being skeptical: Clifford Stoll on the Internet in 1995
December 19, 2013 | 5:14 am

crystal-ball-219x300Here’s an amusing little article I just discovered tonight thanks to a friend passing on the link. It involves Clifford Stoll, author of the 1989 book The Cuckoo’s Egg about catching a hacker years before most people even knew what the Internet was, pontificating on this new-fangled Internet thing for Newsweek back in 1995. (His book, Silicon Snake Oil, expanded on these themes.) Drawing on his twenty years of on-line experience, Stoll declared that most predictions for the future of the Internet were overblown, and went on about it in great detail. Consider today's online world....

Online or on Paper, Publications Are a Core Part of Our Identity
December 3, 2012 | 12:00 pm

  By Mik Strøyberg | Head of Consumer Engagement for Issuu You can tell a lot about a person by taking a look at what he or she reads. Suppose you walk into a stranger’s home and see copies of Forbes magazine on the table. You would likely imagine the householder is interested in business. Assume you see copies of Dog News or Equine Journal. You would probably conclude that he is an animal lover. If you spotted a stack of VICE magazines, you could safely surmise that he has an irreverent sense of humor. The point is that publications give unique...

After 80 years in print, Newsweek adopts an all-digital format
October 18, 2012 | 9:00 am

The premiere issue of News-Week    Editor's note: The following is an excerpt of a letter published this morning on the website of The Daily Beast. The letter was co-authored by Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, and Baba Shetty, CEO of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company. "We are announcing this morning an important development at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013. As part of this transition, the last print edition in the United States will be our Dec. 31 issue. Meanwhile, Newsweek will expand its rapidly growing tablet and online presence, as well as its successful global...

Salon Magazine seeks buyer or merger
November 30, 2010 | 7:15 am

salon_comThe Wall Street Journal reports that Salon Magazine, one of the oldest and best-known Internet-only newsmagazines, is considering putting itself up for sale. Over its 15-year history, the magazine has tried just about every method possible of finding profitability—paywalls, advertising, subscription plans,, editorial decisions, and more. It has managed to survive this long, but apparently it is nearing the end of its rope. Like Newsweek, it is seeking a merger, new owner, or other means to survive. This revelation highlights some of the problems that newsmedia have making money on the Internet. The problem doesn’t just strike newspapers and...

Newsweek.com merges with The Daily Beast
November 19, 2010 | 3:50 am

A week ago I mentioned that U.S. News and World Reports was ceasing print operations. But another interesting on-line news story that has been developing over the last week is the decision of Tina Brown, managing editor at both Newsweek and the news blog/aggregator The Daily Beast, to merge the two brands into one site. (Though Newsweek will also continue to be published as the print magazine of that name.) The decision has proven somewhat controversial, as shown by the emergence of a “Save Newsweek.com” Tumblr blog. However, Brown insists that “Newsweek.com's superb content will live on under its...

Quick note: Great Newsweek chart on ebooks
August 17, 2010 | 9:55 am

quick note.pngNewsweek has a great ebook chart entitled "Does one have to win? Books vs E-Books". I can't reproduce a readable version of the chart here so go over and take a look. They list the average author royalty for a book at $3.90 and $2.12 for a download. Thanks to Michael Pastore for bringing it to my attention....

Newsweek looks at the ‘books vs. e-books’ question
August 7, 2010 | 7:20 pm

booksvsebooks On Newsweek, Malcolm Jones writes an interesting editorial pondering whether e-books might replace printed books, and if so, what will happen to libraries. Although, despite the mention of libraries in the article’s headline (“Farewell, Libraries?”), there is actually relatively little discussion of them within the article (even though one prominent library actually did ditch most of its print books recently, Jones never mentions it)—most of it is related to the same book-as-artifact vs. book-as-content discussion that is rehashed in every single argument over whether e-books are awesome or awful. Expect this kind of thing to come up more...

Publishers should beware the iPad – says Jacob Weisberg
May 18, 2010 | 9:16 am

beware.jpegThat's the subtitle of his Newsweek article. Here's an excerpt of a really good read: The bigger mistake some publishers seem eager to make is embracing an Apple-controlled marketplace. ... If you want to play in Apple's playground, the company decides what apps are acceptable, then takes a 30 percent cut. It collects the data about users and decides what it is willing to share with publishers (so far, none). It intends to sell the advertising, controlling the standards and taking what sounds to be a 40 percent cut. Such domination of the relationship with readers would be no less...

The Daily Show: Newsweek’s Jon Meacham says it’s time to emphasize digital over print
May 6, 2010 | 9:25 am

jon-meacham Sometimes the importance of digital reading shows up in unexpected places. Business Insider reports on Wednesday night’s episode of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, which featured an interview with Newsweek editor in chief Jon Meacham. It came out yesterday that, after nearly 50 years of ownership, the Washington Post company has put Newsweek up for sale. The magazine has been declining in readership and advertising considerably over the last few years. Meacham echoed Marc Andreesen’s advice to print publishers to “burn your boats”. In the era of the Internet, he admitted, most people probably...

Newsweek redesigns website, moves to Amazon cloud
April 26, 2010 | 4:32 pm

logo_newsweekTo cut back on expenditures, Newsweek is making some changes to the way its website is hosted. MediaWeek reports that the magazine is ceasing to host its own website, instead moving to the “cloud”—outsourcing web hosting to Amazon. Newsweek estimates this move could save them $500,000 yearly. But that is not the only change Newsweek is making. It is entirely redesigning its website, getting rid of huge banner ads and changing to a more vertically-oriented format that MediaWeek compares to Facebook. [Newsweek vp, general manager Geoff] Reiss acknowledged that the redesign, by Hard Candy Shell,...

Magazine publishers and Apple make for uneasy partnership
April 6, 2010 | 11:37 am

Remember how newspaper and magazine publishers got annoyed with Amazon because Amazon did not give them the subscriber demographic information they wanted? Well, guess what? As the Wall Street Journal reports, it seems that Apple isn’t any better. As electronic editions of magazines like Time and Popular Science sell like hotcakes even at the somewhat ridiculous newsstand price of $4.99 per issue (whatever happened to e- being cheaper due to distribution cost savings?), some publishers are trying to figure out their own alternate payment and distribution schemes to avoid having to give Apple a 30% cut of...