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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

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Fri - 19.09.2014


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Lekiosk, the French virtual newsstand app that lets readers subscribe to several magazines for a flat rate, has just been refuelled, and is ready to grow. The company is moving forward with €5.6 million in second-round funding, PaidContent has reported— an investment that will serve “to fuel growth and global expansion and to invest in product development,” according to co-founder Michael Philippe.

We last wrote about the startup in June, when it launched an English version for the UK market. There, Lekiosk partnered right off the bat with publishers such as IPC Media and Condé Nast, offering British users its characteristic bundle of ten magazine subscriptions at the price of £9.99 per month (in France it is ten for €10). Philippe told us at the time that they were off to “a very good start.” He said that they were preparing for further international expansion, with plans to conquer Italy by the fall, and additional European countries in 2013.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-11-14 17:45

The news that The New York Times will soon be publishing its entire content on Flipboard seems to signal a decisive change in the way in which traditional press and media companies engage with their audiences. From this Thursday, the entire content of the NYT will be available to subscribers, whilst non-subscribers will be able to read a limited amount of articles found in the paper’s Top News section.

The partnership with Flipboard is quite a departure from the Times's previous stance on its digital content. In the past it was necessary to have a subscription to see more than 10 NYT articles, and its digital version could only be viewed via the paper’s apps and website or by reading excerpts quoted by third parties. Explaining why a company that had previously guarded its digital content so jealously has made such a bold move, Denise F. Warren, general manager of The New York Times’s website points out that in a survey of the paper’s subscribers 20 percent of those asked used third-party aggregation apps like Flipboard. The deal still leaves the paywall system in place, but leading figures at the paper hope that allowing partial access to certain articles will encourage many who have not subscribed already to do so.

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Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-06-26 18:27

By using a combination of breathtaking images, specially curated content and social networking tools, the tablet app for National Geographic magazine does something that not many publications are willing to do, according to minonline: the NG app offers users an experience that is totally different from print magazine-reading.

Unlike many magazines, whose tablet apps consist of digital replicas of their print format, the NG app has a compelling splash page which offers readers just enough content—from stories to videos to photos—without being visually overwhelming, the article said.

“The art of this app is that it doesn’t overwhelm you like the site with a torrent of content. It is highly curated each day to give the user a taste,” the article said. “And this seems to us a novel and thoughtful way to come at the tablet.”

App users also have access to the full NG catalog, searchable by videos, articles, galleries, or featured photos, the article said. 

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Gianna Walton

Date

2012-04-13 17:12

Next Issue Media, comprised of Hearst Corporation, Condé Nast, News Corporation, Meredith and Time Inc., just launched its digital magazine consortium which allows subscribers to pay a monthly flat rate for access to various top-selling magazines, The New York Times Media Decoder blog reported.

After downloading the Next Issue Media tablet app, users choose to pay either $9.99 for access to all monthly publications available on the app or $14.99 for all monthly and weekly publications, the article said.

According to the Next Issue Media website, current magazines available to users include Time, The New Yorker, Better Homes and Gardens, Esquire, People, Elle and Vanity Fair, among others.

Offering a flat rate payment could save readers a great deal of money on subsciptions, since many individual magazine apps range from $1.99 to $5.99 per single issue, Media Decoder said.

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Gianna Walton

Date

2012-04-04 13:21

Eight press outlets in France have teamed up to launch a digital kiosk (dubbed E-Presse Premium) equipped with their respective publications' content, by early 2011, Agence France-Presse reported this week. According to L'Expansion, the kiosk will allow users to access either individual articles or to obtain a subscription for extra features, while utilising a single account to surf a variety of titles like with Amazon's "one-click shopping" technique.

The newly established partnership intends to weaken the impact of companies like Google, Apple and Facebook in the digital era, Le Figaro suggested. Without this union, the titles don't have much say and have to adhere to conditions imposed by the tech giants. However, the deal will now permit them to set their own rules in the industry.

Image: CS Monitor

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Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-12-01 19:06

Richard Branson's Virgin is planning to launch an iPad-only magazine, called Maverick, in October, MediaGuardian reported today. The magazine's revenue will be subscription-based, and the content will be focused on technology, design and film. It will be led by Branson's 29-year-old daughter Holly, with former Arena, Zoo and FHM editor Anthony Noguera also on board. Prior to Maverick's launch, a "substantial" marketing campaign is expected. Image: CrunchGear

Following its iPad launch, Maverick will also be available on Android devices and the iPhone, Advertising Age reported. In addition to subscription revenue, Holly Branson is looking to sign several "select premium advertisers" to work as "brand partners," according to AdAge. Although the launch is scheduled for October, it will only be able to launch once premium brands have signed on for the project. "An executive close to the matter claimed that advertiser response has been positive and that Maverick will be able to choose which brands it signs up for the first batch of six- month contracts," the article explained.

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-07-16 23:15

Nintendo 3D gaming device, 3DS, should hit the market no later than March 31, 2011, or even sooner than that, 1UP.com reported.

According to Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata in an interview, the device's online connectivity could also be used for downloading and viewing traditional print media.

"As you carry it with you while out and about, it will seek out and automatically connect with wireless LAN spots, and download information. We're thinking about functionality where it will automatically acquire newspaper and magazine articles," Iwata said to Japanese news outlet Nikkei, 1UP.com reported.

According to Iwata, Nintendo is trying to find ways to "beam newspapers, and magazine articles straight to the Nintendo 3DS". He did not mention whether it'd be a full newspaper, or just certain sections or a single article, but it seems that magazines are "cordoned off to just a single article, and not the entire issue," Slash Gear reported.

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Erina Lin

Date

2010-06-23 00:24

Release of an electronic chalkboard from MacIntosh has been postponed so many times that PC World Thursday joined other gadget analysts in speculating that the much-anticipated product might be dead in the water. However, neither repeated design delays nor rumours that the project will ultimately be abandoned has stopped Conde Nast magazines from proceeding with development of Apple Tablet-compatible editions by pdf-maker Adobe, Mac Rumors said Saturday.

The Tablet's latest slow-up was attributed to a switch in subparts by DigiTimes on Thursday. Nevertheless, Conde Nast has prepared tablet-ready editions - for Apple, or its competitors - starting with a digital version of Wired, according to All Things Digital. To cement its commitment, Wired followed that report with a video published Saturday demonstrating the concept.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-11-23 16:33

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