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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

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Tue - 16.09.2014


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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

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

Date

2012-03-29 14:43

On June 30th, the French consortium ePresse opened its digital kiosk. Six months of hard work for a very small team (the ePresse consortium is a three persons operation: a CTO, a marketing person, and a manager), and still a long way to go. ePresse brought up eight titles: five dailies (Le Figaro, Le Parisien and its national edition, Libération, the sports daily l'Equipe and the business paper Les Echos), and three newsweeklies (L'Express, Le Point, Le Nouvel Observateur).

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-07-13 10:26

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.

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Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-12-01 19:06

Poynter's Damon Kiesow has called upon publishers and Apple to create a "real digital newsstand" for the iPad. Kiesow highlights the "confusing array of options" facing the consumer, as publishers choose different ways to make their readers pay.

Last week, Newsweek released an iPad app that allows readers to buy subscriptions through Apple's in-app purchasing system. This is one of the options available to publishers which makes it very easy for consumers to make purchases - it is as simple as clicking a button within the app - but means surrendering significant cash (30% of the revenue) and control (access to consumer data) to Apple. The technology to offer the subscriptions was developed by Urban Airship, according to The New York Times.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-03 18:07

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