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Taking the Local Out of Local Newspapers

by Allen Weiner  |  August 1, 2011  |  Comments Off

Hollywood has long exaggerated the persona of a newspaper editor. Lou Grant, the grumbly guy with rolled-up shirtsleeves (Lou was a TV news producer, wasn’t he?); Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee, the erudite, “You don’t have it,” sort of guy who demands perfection; even the editor in “Absence of Malice’ (portrayed by Josef Sommer) who [...]

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Barnes & Noble Unveils NOOKcolor

by Allen Weiner  |  October 26, 2010  |  2 Comments

Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest physical book retailer, is following up its November 2009 release of the Nook, an e-ink e-reader, with the NOOKcolor, a device that uses a 7-inch LCD/LED screen to display books, newspapers, magazines and a few additional services such as Pandora. The device is scheduled to be available on November [...]

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News Corporation Buys Skiff

by Allen Weiner  |  June 14, 2010  |  1 Comment

After lighting up the pundits with some impressive demos and strategic vision as CES 2010, Skiff has been reduced to becoming yet another element in Rupert Murdoch’s puzzling alchemy that masquerades as a digital media strategy. The purchase, along with an investment in news paywall provider Journalism Online, underscores the company’s posture that content should [...]

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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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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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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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HotJobs’ Sale Could End Yahoo’s Newspaper Consortium

by Allen Weiner  |  December 9, 2009  |  Comments Off

According to this report from Reuters, Yahoo is open to selling HotJobs fir the right price. If this report is true, then I suspect Yahoo’s newspaper consortium will lose much of its momentum if not outright come to an end; there are more than 600 newspapers in the consortium and HotJobs is one of the [...]

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Google Hopes to Add Life to Newspaper Content

by Allen Weiner  |  December 8, 2009  |  Comments Off

While Google and the publishing world at large debates their long-term relationship, the search giant has launched another tool to aid publishers—Living Stories. Living Stories is an interactive platform that allows news organizations to format a variety of branded content elements into an interesting, up-to-the-minute web page that showcases an individual news brand. Fresh out [...]

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The Nook: Better Than Kindle, But Not Perfect

by Allen Weiner  |  December 7, 2009  |  3 Comments

After a brief delay, about half of those who pre-ordered the Barnes & Noble Nook will soon be receiving their e-readers. With that in mind, the combatants are now out of their corners and are ready to do battle in the e-reader ring. In this corner is Amazon’s Kindle: a neat device that has a [...]

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Google Offers News Publishers Tool to Go Dark…For Now

by Allen Weiner  |  December 2, 2009  |  1 Comment

Google has announced a new web crawler especially for Google News which easily allows news publishers to block their content from Google’s News index, general index or both. Know as Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP), Google is going a step further than the typical block or no block by allowing publishers to block or allow individual [...]

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