Alas, the WSJ is not going to be all-free. Maybe someday? For now, the recession could cut into ad dollars. Same for ad-supported e-books, such as those from Wowio? I can see Wowio-style services growing, but not at the same rate as with a healthy U.S. economy. Another reason for Wowio going international?
TeleBlog readers outside the U.S. are eager to try out the service. While the U.S. economy is number one, other nations are catching up, and a more global orientation might provide steadier revenue growth. Am I right in recalling that perhaps half of Google’s revenue is from outside the States? Who knows, might Google someday snap up Wowio?
Speaking of newspapers: If real journalism fails as a business, should the government step in, written about in Tech Crunch and elsewhere. Absolutely not!
And speaking of Wowio: Later today or tomorrow I’ll have more tips for enjoying Wowio’s free books on your XO.