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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

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Today, Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to show the world the iPad’s mini me, following (as ever) months of hypothesising and (for once) the competition: Amazon and Google have already achieved success in the tiny tablet market with their Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 devices.

The Apple keynote will take place at 10 am PST in San José, California. “We have a little more to show you,” read the invitations, sent one week ago, seemingly substantiating the speculation that has been ricocheting across the web at least since February, when “the first credible rumour” of a mini iPad came from the Wall Street Journal. Taking place at the California Theatre, the unveiling event will likely be modest relative to Microsoft’s “no-expenses-spared” launch of its Surface tablet in New York, scheduled for Thursday, October 25.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-10-23 15:53

UPDATED on Tuesday, October 2 at 11:23 am

When it comes to reading news on a small screen, U.S. consumers lean toward web browsers, with 60 percent of tablet-wielding news consumers and 61 percent of those using smartphones now accessing mobile news mostly through the web, according to a survey published today by the Pew Research Centre.

Fewer than half as many mobile news consumers, in contrast, most often use apps; that is, 23 percent of tablet news readers and 28 percent of smartphone readers. A third category, representing 16 percent of those on tablets and 11 percent on smartphones, claims to be more or less evenly split between the two.

An Online Publishers Association survey from June 2012 corroborates the trend: it found that 41 percent of tablet users mostly accessed magazine and newspaper content through the mobile web, 30 percent through single-publication apps, and 22 percent through newsstand apps.

Moreover, this year’s Pew findings follow a pattern established in last summer's survey, by which point the browser was already more popular among news consumers than apps, but to a lesser extent: 40 percent of tablet-using respondents said they used mostly the web browser for news, 21 percent leaned toward apps, and 31 percent claimed to use both equally.

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Emma Knight's picture

Emma Knight

Date

2012-10-01 16:04

Time Inc., the largest magazine company in the United States, has stopped resisting Apple. Striking a deal similar to that signed by its major competitors a year ago, the Time Warner-owned publisher agreed on Wednesday to sell subscriptions to all 20 of its titles, which include high-circulation weeklies such as Time, People and Sports Illustrated, through the Newsstand section of Apple’s iOS App Store.

The decision represents a considerable change of heart for a publisher that was “once the magazine industry’s most ardent opponent of selling subscriptions through Apple,” according to Amy Chozick of the New York Times.

Until now, Time Inc.’s readers have only been able to access single issues of the iPad editions of its magazines through the Newsstand app, with print subscribers alone receiving regular automatic uploads.

Time Inc.’s recalcitrance toward Apple since the launch of Newsstand last fall was motivated in part by the hard bargain that the technology giant drives with publishers. Beyond the profit share arrangement whereby Apple demands a contentious 30% commission on subscriptions purchased through its Newsstand, Apple’s previous unwillingness to share the personal information of iOS magazine subscribers with publishers was a deal-breaker for Time Inc.

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Emma Knight's picture

Emma Knight

Date

2012-06-15 13:36

MediaStorm,  an online documentary multimedia producer that used to offer its content for free, has launched a "Pay Per Story" model. While unveiling two new films (A Shadow Remains and Rite of Passage) Executive Producer Brian Storm explains why the site is now charging $1.99 for access to a story.

At the intersection of “the side of light in the newsroom” and the “more lucrative shadowland of PR,” Press Gazette guest poster Martin MacConnol, CEO of content marketing agency Wardour, urges journalists to consider a sector in growth.

With the release of Apple’s iOS 6 update, anticipated later this year, the lives of Mac-using on-the-go bloggers will improve; the update will allow users to upload media to WordPress blogs from their iPhones, iPads or iPod touches. “For bloggers and image sharers, the tiny upgrade is a game changer,” says Matt Brian of The Next Web.

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Emma Knight's picture

Emma Knight

Date

2012-06-13 17:08

Not content with a soon-to-be-launched video streaming network and a host of new European editions, the Huffington Post is releasing a new weekly iPad magazine tomorrow named “Huffington.

The New York Times previews the new publication, noting that some content will be pulled from huffingtonpost.com, but other articles will also be “new and separate from that of the rest of the site”. The magazine, which is only available though the Apple store, will feature a mix of long-form pieces (of between 4,000 and 8,000 words), photos, commentary, reviews, illustrations, videos and data visualisations.

“From the beginning we wanted to do something that felt like a print magazine," says Huffington’s creative director Josh Klenert (formerly of Billboard), quoted by Joe Pompeo at Capital New York.

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Hannah Vinter's picture

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-06-13 17:07

Magazine publisher Future PLC, which puts out publications such as Total Film, Classic Rock, released its interim financial results yesterday, and revealed that it has seen a 48% rise in digital revenues in the UK in the six months leading up to March 31, partly thanks to the boost it has received from Apple’s Newsstand. But although its digital income was up 37% over this period, losses in print meant that the company’s overall revenue still dropped 4%.

In its financial report, Future strongly pushes its success on the iPad. Since the Newsstand was launched in October last year Future has made sales on the platform with more that £3 million. It has sold more than 830,000 copies of its magazines through Newsstand, with 45% of those sales coming being subscriptions. Encouragingly, the Future writes that 90% of subscribers are new customers.

Future’s CEO Mark Wood comments in the report that “Future is seizing the opportunities offered by new platforms and channels to reach new audiences and grow a global digital business.” He states that, “on Apple's iPad, Future is one of the world's leading digital publishers in sales volumes and number of titles. That is a sign of how far we have come in a very short time."

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Hannah Vinter's picture

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-05-23 13:10

Online newspapers tired of catering to Apple’s in-app purchasing restrictions are starting to bypass the tech giant completely by creating web-based apps using HTML5 technology, Journalism.co.uk reports. The latest title to jump on the trend? Washington’s local paper The Chronicle, which offers the HTML5 app as part of a subscription bundle that includes complete online and print access, the article said.

The Chronicle’s web app is similar to a “native” iPad app in terms of user experience; rather than downloading the app from Apple’s Newsstand, though, one can access the web app through the iPad’s Internet browser and save it as an icon on the homescreen, the article said. App users can share articles through Facebook and Twitter, as well as download stories to read them offline later, the article said.

CEO Scott Karp of Publish2, the platform that supports the Chronicle’s web app, told Journalism.co.uk the HTML5 version is a “seamless extension of the subscription model.” The Chronicle plans to launch an Android-friendly version of the app in the near future, according to the article.

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Gianna Walton's picture

Gianna Walton

Date

2012-04-19 14:41

According to a report released by analytics company Distimo, the top 100 best-selling apps in Apple’s Newsstand for iPad garner about $70,000 per day, minonline.com reported

Newsstand, which organizes subscription-based apps for digital newspapers and magazines into a virtual newsstand on the iPad, launched six months ago and accounts for over 7% of the 200 top-selling apps in the app store, minonline said. Games still account for 50% of all top-selling apps, the report said.

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The top five best-selling Newsstand apps in February were The Daily, NY Times for iPad, The New Yorker, National Geographic and Cosmopolitan, the article said.

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Gianna Walton's picture

Gianna Walton

Date

2012-03-29 13:43

Spain’s largest phone company, Telefonica, has teamed up with the country’s biggest publisher, Grupo Planeta, to challenge Amazon in the e-book market, Bloomberg has reported.

Telefonica started selling its e-reader, “Movistar Ebook bq”, created in partnership with Mundo Reader, last summer. Now the company will be partnering with Planeta to expand its offering. “Telefonica will provide the technology and distribution, while Planeta will offer the content,” says Carlos Domingo, head of Telefonica’s product development, quoted by Bloomberg.

Telefonica and Planeta are both major players. Telefonica, which owns Movistar, O2 and Vivo, has a presence in countries across Europe and Latin America, as well as an alliance with China Unicom. It claims 299 million customers and 46, 672 million euros in revenues as of September last year.

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Hannah Vinter's picture

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-07 17:11

by Jeff Sonderman

A couple weeks ago I predicted that Apple's virtual Newsstand for iPads and iPhones would provide "a little more convenience for the user, and a little more discoverability for the publisher -- but nothing here is a game-changer."

I stand by the first part of that diagnosis, but it's now clear there is something game-changing about Newsstand. Since Apple launched it last week in the latest version of its iOS operating system, its impact has been immediate and significant. Many Newsstand apps now rank among the top free apps overall, and magazine and newspaper apps are benefiting from a surge of downloads and subscribers.

Continue reading on Poynter

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Anton Jolkovski's picture

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-10-24 17:22

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