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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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The iPad and Other Adventures in E-Reading

by Allen Weiner  |  June 7, 2010  |  4 Comments

At the Apple World Wide Developers Conference, CEO Steve Jobs announced that in 65 days, five million e-books have been downloaded for the iPad. Using some sort of voodoo algorithm, he claims that amounts to 22% of all e-book sales. I am not sure how he calculated that given many of the e-book retailers are […]

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Will Google Editions Disrupt or Distract?

by Allen Weiner  |  May 11, 2010  |  Comments Off

Google has dropped a few hints about the upcoming release of Google Editions, its megasized e-book marketplace that aims to take on other e-book platform providers. What makes that scenario a bit complicated is that some e-book distribution platforms are operated by device companies (i.e. Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Sony, with whom Google wants […]

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Few iPads in the College Classroom This Year

by Allen Weiner  |  April 22, 2010  |  Comments Off

Much was made about the concerns raised by a small handful of U.S. universities who are banning iPads from accessing their campus networks because of the strain it may put on their bandwidth not to mention some issues to device may have connecting to the school’s WiFi network. Being a skeptic, it struck me as […]

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More Evidence Points to Magazines’ Cloudy Digital Future

by Allen Weiner  |  March 2, 2010  |  Comments Off

A trio of news stories adds further credibility to a research thread Gartner has been writing about for more than a year which states that magazines will have a tough ride to become multiplatform digital distributors. (“Magazines Fall Behind in the Quest for Digital Publishing Riches,” Dec. 2009—behind gartner.com pay wall). The Wall Street Journal […]

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Advice to Publishers: Size May Matter

by Allen Weiner  |  February 26, 2010  |  1 Comment

In a previous blog post, I debated aloud the merits of value-added e-books, questioning a consumer’s interest in paying a few more dollars for an e-book that contained videos, puzzles or whatnot. Also, given the current scrum among platform and device providers, was there a clear path toward creating enhanced content? What never dawned on […]

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The Enhanced E-book Myth

by Allen Weiner  |  February 11, 2010  |  4 Comments

Let’s try and untangle the congested freeway of e-book news that had led to the enhanced content myth. No matter what business model evolves as the de fact online retail model (wholesale to retail or agency model), publishers are struck, for the most part, with existing market pricing for best-sellers. With $9.99 being the norm, […]

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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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