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The Daily closes up shop with a holiday-themed musical
December 15, 2012 | 2:24 pm

As most of you are perfectly well aware, there are a lot of really bad YouTube videos floating around out there online. But occasionally, a video comes along that it so ragingly goofy—embarrassing, even—that you can't help but share it with friends. To wit: The well-intentioned (yet still cringe-inducing) "Karaoke the News: So Long, Farewell," a sort of 'one-last-hoorah' goodbye video featuring former staffers of The Daily, the News Corp's tablet-only newspaper that regrettably published its final issue today, December 15, 2012. (Scroll down to view the video.) Of course, for those of us lucky enough to still have jobs in the publishing industry, it's always...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
December 4, 2012 | 8:28 am

Barnes & Noble: Taking the Nook to Foreign Markets (Good E-Reader) ex-Google Chief to Publish Book About Digital Future (Digital Book World) Why Rupert Murdoch's Bold Bet on The Daily was Doomed from the Start (GigaOM) Business Models are Changing, Trial and Error will Ensue (Mike Shatzkin) Kindle Daily Deal: Heat of the Night by Sylvia Day {and} Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1 by Mary Pope Osborne * * *        ...

Future Publishing introduces a new iPad-only magazine
August 9, 2012 | 10:00 pm

"Wherever one door closes," as the saying goes, "another door is almost sure to open." That was the first cliche that popped into my head, at any rate, when I read an announcement earlier today about Photography Week, currently scheduled to be the next iPad-only magazine available in the Apple Newsstand. Photography Week is being produced by the U.K.-based Future Publishing, which recently took home the Association of Online Publishers' Launch of the Year Award for having achieved stunning levels of success with its numerous tablet-specific titles. (According to Future's website, over 38 million unique visitors view its various publications each month. The company produces 100 different tablet-only...

AOL joins news aggregation app war with “Editions” iPad app
August 4, 2011 | 12:16 pm

AOL has just launched a new iPad app, Editions, which serves up a custom daily "magazine" of content from both its own sites and others (but mostly its own). Like Zite, Flipboard, Pulse, Taptu, Hitpad and a slew of other apps, you can customize the type of content you see, although if you don't like the default suggestions you'll have to connect your social network accounts to it to generate new topics. Editions seems to fall somewhere between Flipboard and The Daily, borrowing a lot of the visual style of the former but packaging itself as a once-a-day digital publication...

More staff leaves Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily iPad newspaper
May 29, 2011 | 8:03 pm

On the Huffington Post, Michael Calderone reports that a number of executives have been leaving Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper The Daily lately. Latest to go is art director for news Gabriel Dance it, who represents the seventh executive to leave the paper in recent months. However The Daily does not see anything unusual in this number of staffers leaving: "Seven employees turning over out of a staff of more than a hundred in a nine month period sounds perfectly normal to us,” a Daily spokesperson said in an email. “On a personal note, we are...

The Daily reports $10 million loss, 800,000 downloads in its first quarter
May 5, 2011 | 10:17 pm

PaidContent reports that in its Q3 earnings call, News Corp. reported it lost $10 million on The Daily in its first quarter of operation. The paper has been downloaded 800,000 times since its launch. Of course, the monetary figures don’t really tell the whole story; a News Corp. spokesman told PaidContent that the “loss” had to do with startup costs, since the paper only recently started charging. News Corp. president Chase Carey declined to disclose how many free subscribers had made the jump to paid, saying that it was too early to disclose that kind of information. ...

Study of iPad users identifies obstacles for The Daily
March 31, 2011 | 5:51 pm

Images From the press release by media research firm knowDigital: To attract a large number of users and generate substantial subscription revenue, The Daily – the news-based application released by News Corporation in February exclusively for Apple’s iPad™ platform – will need to overcome a few obstacles with iPad owners who consume news online. These obstacles include the perception among those with the greatest interest in news that The Daily’s content is lacking, that superior content is available elsewhere online for free and the expectation that apps are purchased through one-time transactions, as ...

The Daily to start charging in the US next week
March 16, 2011 | 12:28 pm

Images That's what an article in The Telegraph says, quoting Jonathan Miller, the chief digital officer at News Corporation.  He also said that The Daily will launch in Western Europe in the first half of 2011.  Miller spoke at a panel at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit.  The charge will be $39.99 a year. He said that the newspaper: ... is aimed at a younger audience than traditional newspapers. He added that there are currently hundreds of thousands of people reading The Daily, which is being launched with Apple. "It does skew younger. If...

The Daily extends trial period, plans Android expansion
February 24, 2011 | 2:16 am

EBookNewser and a number of other sites are reporting that The Daily has extended its two-week free trial period to at least February 28th. It has also been reported that The Daily will henceforth come with a two-week free period for any new subscriber who downloads it, even after the extended trial ends. On AllThingsD’s MediaMemo, Peter Kafka reports that The Daily will also be expanding to Android tablets in the second quarter of 2011. Not too surprising given that it needs to find as wide a paying audience as possible in order to meet its costs and turn...

Tools of Change: Workship – designing iPad apps
February 14, 2011 | 12:26 pm

DSCF1072Jennifer Brook (The New York Times), William Couch (USA TODAY), Craig Mod (PREPOST / Flipboard) Brook: designs mobile apps for the Times. Bad things happen when past and future collide. Gadgets often stop working. Did an initial design which they liked, but realized that didn't fully understand the platform and scrapped it and started it all over again. Needed to understand how people would use the device and what they wanted. Decided that the Apple ad was right and people wanted a "lean back" reading experience. Primary challenge: how...

Should publishers kill off chain bookstores with print-on-demand?
February 8, 2011 | 11:22 am

David Peck, co-founder of the Mischief & Mayhem Books publishing collective, had an interesting piece in yesterday’s The Daily suggesting that the end of big chain bookstores may be nigh and deservedly so. His argument is based in the economics of bookstores and distributors, in which the retail and middleman companies take most of the slices out of the retail price pie, leaving the publisher with a small sliver to pay its own expenses (including compensating the author). Even the wholesale price of the books isn’t necessarily fixed, as publishers have the clout to pass their own discounts...

The Daily first impression: Eh, seen better
February 8, 2011 | 12:49 am

daily2I was looking at a post on ReadWriteWeb about The Daily today, and finally got around to reading through the current edition myself. I find I am largely in agreement with Richard MacManus about the relative blandness of the news on offer. He calls it “middle-of-the-road fare, with a few seemingly token geek stories” and suggests that Flipboard is altogether a better iPad newspaper equivalent. I looked through today’s articles on The Daily and found an opinion piece about the possible death of chain bookstores (which I may very well blog tomorrow when I have more time to type),...