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Archives for January, 2010


Apple iPad Offers Publishers Hope but Is Hardly a Savior

by Allen Weiner  |  January 27, 2010  |  6 Comments

Rumors being what they are, much of what Steve Jobs announced at the Ipad launch event didn’t come as a surprise to the overload crowd at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The iPad is a tweener that fits nicely between an iPhone/iTouch and netbook computer. With a 9.7-inch screen weighing in at 1.5 [...]

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Yahoo Needs To Go Shopping

by Allen Weiner  |  January 27, 2010  |  1 Comment

Good news for Yahoo watchers: the company’s search-advertising and display-advertising businesses each improved from the company’s third quarter, but were down compared with the fourth quarter of 2008. Yahoo’s search-ad revenue declined 15% from a year ago, compared with a 19% drop in the third quarter. Its display-advertising revenue fell 1% from a year ago, [...]

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Who’s Ready to Pay for News?

by Allen Weiner  |  January 26, 2010  |  Comments Off

Apparently, as Newsday found out, only 35 people signed up to pay $5 a week for full access to Newsday.com. So, if Apple and other tableteers are not prepared to offer ad platforms for their content marketplaces, we could hear a loud thud in the digital publishing space.

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Newspapers on Tablets May Be Over-Hyped

by Allen Weiner  |  January 21, 2010  |  4 Comments

I must admit, as a former digital newspaper executive, I was caught up in the frenzy and promise that forthcoming tablet devices, from Apple, HP, etc.. would help print publishers and other “old media” sorts get off life support and into the black. While this is a topic we will examine in greater detail in [...]

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YouTube Launches Video Rentals at Sundance

by Allen Weiner  |  January 20, 2010  |  1 Comment

As YouTube evolves from its roots as the mega community for all video comers to a profitable business, the company is announcing a video rental program which launches in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival (January 21-31, 2010). Against the backdrop of Sundance, YouTube rentals will launch with five Sundance films—two from last year’s competition [...]

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Amazon’s First Response to the Apple Tablet

by Allen Weiner  |  January 20, 2010  |  2 Comments

Amazon has plans to change its royalty schedule for publishers beginning this summer, doing a 180 on its 70-30 split. There are rules a’plenty, but it’s a clear pre-emptive move in the face of Apple’s possible launch of a tablet-based device. Apple is said to be willing to offer publishers a split that more resembles [...]

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E-Books on the Apple Tablet

by Allen Weiner  |  January 19, 2010  |  1 Comment

Let’s get this on the table: even with talk of a deal between Harper Collins and Apple, the Apple Tablet will not be about e-books. Well, at least not the sorts of e-books we’ve seen on the Kindle, Nook and Sony Readers. I am now testing Sony’s Daily Edition and its reading experience is excellent, [...]

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CES: Get Ready for the E-Reading Rumble

by Allen Weiner  |  January 4, 2010  |  3 Comments

Based on the number of pre-event press calls and steady stream of press releases, the E in CES 2010 stands for e-reading. Two days before I land in Las Vegas, I envision devices in every form factor each proclaiming to be the best thing to hit publishing since the AP Stylebook. I have now lost [...]

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