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Microsoft’s Publishing Strategy Remains Beneath The Surface

by Allen Weiner  |  June 19, 2012  |  1 Comment

Microsoft has announced a new entry into the tablet parade, dubbed Surface, which is hardly a major revelation given the rumor Red Carpet that now precedes any such tech announcement. It’s a purty-lookin device with the sorts of lines and angles reserved for roadsters and remodeled Craftsman homes. The slick cover-cum-keyboard is yet another tool […]

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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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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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2009 Holiday E-Reader Bonanza Set to Fizzle

by Allen Weiner  |  November 30, 2009  |  1 Comment

As suggested in our research report, “E-Readers Will Take off With Holiday Shoppers in 2010,” Gartner stated that the pieces were not in place for e-readers to be the must-have holiday gift for 2009 and that 2010 was a more likely time for product take-off. Early indications confirm our research with Sony and Barnes and […]

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Ereading in South Africa?

by Allen Weiner  |  November 16, 2009  |  2 Comments

Every time I read a blog post, like this one, reviewing the Kindle’s arrive in South Africa, I retreat to the notion that the future of ereading is on smartphones. Even with a slightly less optimal reading experience, the ubiquity of smartphones (not to mention carrier subsidized cost) is too glaring an advantage to ignore.

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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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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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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Buy ‘Em

by Allen Weiner  |  April 30, 2009  |  Comments Off

For those of us deeply entrenched in following the e-book world, we watch and marvel as Amazon’s purchase of Lexcycle, developer of Stanza, a the most popular iPhone e-book application, further distances the Seattle company from the competition. Question: is everyone else in this space either asleep at the switch or too busy worrying about […]

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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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Christian Science Monitor to Axe Print Version

by Allen Weiner  |  October 28, 2008  |  Comments Off

A story in The New York Times gives us he bad news: after a 100-year run as a powerful voice in the print media world, The Christian Science Monitor will cases its print edition in April 2009, publishing online only after that. The publishing company said that saving print costs will allow it to maintain […]

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