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Note to Newspapers: Never on Sunday

by Allen Weiner  |  October 26, 2009  |  3 Comments

Back in the day, the Sunday newspaper was the proverbial hearth around which families spent their morning pulling the paper apart, section by section and enjoying the Sunday newspaper magazine, comics or oversized travel and entertainment sections. As the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations report shows, newspaper circulation is down with Sunday—once a cash cow […]


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Publishers See Apple Ruling the E-Reader Market

by Allen Weiner  |  September 22, 2009  |  1 Comment

A recent survey from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC)  of its U.S. and Canadian newspaper, magazine and business membership to learn more about publishers’ current mobile initiatives and strategic plans underscores the hope publishers see in e-distribution. Close to 58% of all newspaper publishers format their content for viewing on a mobile service (smartphone, […]

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Google’s Fast Flip Offers Publishers an Olive Branch

by Allen Weiner  |  September 15, 2009  |  2 Comments

First off: Google’s Fast Flip is absolutely nothing special. The service allows readers to rapidly skim through electronic reproductions of news web pages to get a comprehensive view on a topic (or person or place…) of interest and then drill down by clicking to get a full view of an individual story. It will work […]


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Google Enters the EBook Market

by Allen Weiner  |  June 1, 2009  |  Comments Off

Google’s announcement that it plans to enter the ebook space is hardly a surprise given the search giant indicated such intentions as part of its class action lawsuit settlement with book publishers earlier this year. How Google manifests its interest in the ebook space and what parts of the value chain it assumes is where […]

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E-Readers, E-books, E-Newspapers…Egad!

by Allen Weiner  |  May 4, 2009  |  2 Comments

This is a story whose draft plot has all the makings of a thriller. Add up these story arcs and see what you come up with: *Amazon’s Kindle and Kindle 2 are gaining early signs of traction in the e-reader marketplace selling, by some estimates, around 300,000 units *The Kindle (a single function device) is […]


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Sad Prediction Coming True

by Allen Weiner  |  February 27, 2009  |  Comments Off

In December 2008, in the document “Predicts 2009: The Media Industry Looks for Equilibrium” we stated: By year-end 2009, at least three iconic daily newspapers located in the U.S. and Europe will cease print publication. It’s the end of February, and the The Rocky Mountain News in Denver has gone dark. (see below). Who will […]

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Charlie Rose TV Series: The Future of Newspapers

by Allen Weiner  |  February 17, 2009  |  Comments Off

If you have 25 minutes to spare, check out the first in what could be a thought-provoking series from PBS’ Charlie Rose on The Future of Newspapers.

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Senate Votes To Delay Digital Transition: To What End?

by Allen Weiner  |  January 27, 2009  |  Comments Off

Even though U.S. broadcasters are ready and 95 percent of consumers are ready, the fabled Digital Transition, scheduled for February 17, the Senate, at the urging of President Obama, voted to delay the full switch from analog to digital TV for four months. Citing data from Nielsen, some 6.5 million households would go dark if […]

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Detroit Dashes Delivery

by Allen Weiner  |  December 16, 2008  |  1 Comment

For those who follow the newspaper industry, the announcement that the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News (it’s a JOA town) is scaling back on home delivery comes as no surprise. The Free Press will be delivered Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays starting in March, while The News will be delivered Thursdays and Fridays. Ownership of […]

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