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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 Roundup: Will Next Kindle Paperwhite Gain a 300 ppi Screen in the Spring? When Self-Publishing Makes Sense
November 25, 2013 | 9:00 am

next Kindle PaperwhiteReport: Next Kindle Paperwhite to Gain 300 ppi Screen Next Spring (The Digital Reader) Techcrunch is reporting that they have seen a prototype of the next Kindle Paperwhite. *** Will 2014 Be the Year of the Individual Paywall for Publishers? (Scholarly Kitchen)Last week, BusinessWeek published a themed issue entitled, “The Year Ahead: 2014.” It’s a fascinating compilation of interviews, data, projections, and ideas. I will be reviewing my copy of this superbly useful print publication for weeks to come. *** The Eight Most Influential People in e-Book Single Publishing (Huffington Post) If you want to understand the burgeoning world of e-book singles, it helps to know...

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...

Evening Roundup: The SF Chron’s Paywall Goes Bust; An Interview with the CCC’s Roy Kaufman; and more
August 15, 2013 | 5:20 pm

paywallAn Interview with Roy Kaufman, Copyright Clearance Center (Scholarly Kitchen) About 18 months ago, Roy Kaufman, Wiley’s Legal Director, left us for a new role as Managing Director of New Ventures at the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). Founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization, CCC has paid more than $1.3 billion in royalties to rightsholders over the past 10 years. * * * The Biggest News of the Summer (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) The marvelous Tom Dupree, one of the best people I’ve ever worked with in traditional publishing, wrote a great blog last month.  In it, he claims that the biggest news of the summer so...

Morning Roundup: Free Obama e-single; Canada’s best-read city; and more
August 1, 2013 | 8:48 am

Morning Roundup3 Reasons Educational Book Publishing is Booming (Digital Book World) Creative breakthroughs are happening in educational publishing like never before. Justin Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Amplify, thinks he knows why. * * * The Sun (UK) Launches Innovative Digital Paywall (Good e-Reader) What is very exciting, is how the Sun is taking a departure from the standard way news companies make money online and doing some fairly innovative things. * * * Amazon's Interview with President Obama is Now Available as a Free Kindle Single (GigaOM) Amazon’s interview with President Obama is now available free in the Kindle Store. * * * Vancouver #1 Most...

Morning Roundup: Are Books Obsolete?
June 21, 2013 | 9:00 am

booksThe Shifting Landscape of Book Reviews (Indie Reader) With few exceptions, major news publications do not review indie books, even though more than 235,000 titles were self-published as of 2011. This lack of coverage in traditional media outlets, however, has not stopped indies from their rise. --- Are Books Obsolete? Thoughts on the Printed Word (Apartment Therapy) I was browsing Etsy one day, and I noticed someone selling a book that I loved as a child. It was ‘Half Magic,’ by Edward Eager, but the title of the book wasn’t anywhere in the listing. The book was being sold as a prop. ‘Vintage décor,’ the...

Toronto Star Latest Paper to Announce Paywall
October 29, 2012 | 12:41 pm

The Toronto Star has just announced that they will be launching a subscription model (aka paywall) for their website in the coming weeks. This is hot on the heels of their competitor, The Globe & Mail, rolling out the same thing last week, to decidedly mixed reviews. Complete details, such as how to register and what the remaining free content will be, are coming soon. But for now, the dozen-odd reader comments show a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the plan. Some samples: "I pay for TV and internet, I am not paying anymore..." "The nickel and diming never stops...this is going to...

Paywall Changes at the NY Times: The Number of Free Articles Available to Non-Subscribers Cut by 50%
March 20, 2012 | 5:12 pm

Infodocket From a NY Times Announcement: The New York Times Media Group announced today that as of Sunday, March 18, one year after launching paid digital subscriptions, it had approximately 454,000 paid subscribers to its various digital subscription packages, e-readers and replica editions of The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune (IHT). The Times also announced that beginning in April it would be moving the pay gate at to 10 free articles a month from 20. With this change, The Times’s digital subscription plan will continue to allow for access to a generous amount of free content on the Web...

Newspapers not doing well in building digital revenue, says Pew study
March 6, 2012 | 10:05 am

The Project for Excellence in Journalism discuss this new study by the Pew Research Center.  At the current time $7 is lost for every $1 gain in digital revenue.  Much more in the article: A new study, which combines detailed proprietary data from individual newspapers with in-depth interviews at more than a dozen major media companies, finds that the search for a new revenue model to revive the newspaper industry is making only halting progress but that some individual newspapers are faring much better than the industry overall and may provide signs of a path forward. In...

Papers to go online on Monday and forsake print that day
December 8, 2011 | 11:02 am

According to an article in the Greenslade Blog of the Guardian, three papers owned by the MediaNews Group will, to save money, give up Monday publication.  On that day they will drop their paywalls and allow readers to get the content online.  For the rest of the week the paywalls will remain up. This is an experiment, says the company.  MediaNews Group owns 56 papers in 12 states....

Financial Times expects on-line revenues to overtake print advertising in 2012
November 28, 2011 | 11:53 pm

Yesterday, when pondering whether newspapers might eventually use free Kindles to rid themselves of print costs, I was reminded that advertising revenue is one of the major issues tying newspapers down to the print format. Which is why I found it interesting when I noticed a Reuters report that the Financial Times expects its online content sales revenues to equal or exceed its print advertising revenues in 2012. The Financial Times is known for its successful paywall strategy in which it allows readers eight free articles per month but requires they subscribe beyond that. It recently launched an HTML5...

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