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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

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Just four percent of adults read a newspaper using an app on a mobile phone or other mobile device last month, and 3.7 percent used an app to read a magazine, a new survey from GfK MRI has found.

However, those in the Millenial age group (born between 1977 and 1994) are strong app users - almost twice as likely than the average adult to have read a magazine using an app, and 73 percent more likely to have read a newspaper via an app in the past 30 days, the survey pointed out. Millenials made up 50.1 percent of all adults who used a newspaper app, and 57.3 percent of adults who used a magazine app.

Chart: GfK MRI

These results follow another survey from the Reynolds Journalism Institute, released yesterday, which found that 69 percent of iPad newspaper and magazine app users are male, and likely to have household incomes greater than US$100,000.

The GfK MRI survey results skewed male as well, with 60 percent of all adults who used a magazine app or a newspaper app in the last 30 days being male, and 40 percent female.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-10 18:38

The Reynolds Journalism Institute has published the results of a research project on how Apple iPad users consume news content. The results refer to a first phase, based on a cross-sectional survey, conducted from September to November, of a multi-year project, the following phases to be in 2011. The respondents were 1,609, the majority of them (92%) located in the USA. The project is funded by the Digital Publishing Alliance.

The full results are going to be presented today, 10th December, at the RJI during the Fall 2010 Tablet/E-Reader Symposium and DPA Meeting, titled "How are tablets changing the game for publishers?"

"Users are predominantly well-educated, affluent men between the ages of 35 and 64 who tend to be early adopters", the survey says. They tend to be very satisfied by the time they spent with iPad, which is usually (62%) more than an hour during a typical day and spread throughout the week (89%).

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-10 17:56

Nearly three weeks after its entry into the Russian market, retailers across the country revealed that they were out of Apple iPad 3G models, Kommersant.ru wrote today.

"PC market growth will be impacted by devices that enable better on-the-go content consumption such as media tablets and next-generation smartphones," said Gartner Research analyst Raphael Vasquez, Agence France-Presse reported. "These devices will be increasingly embraced as complements if not substitutes for PCs where voice and light data consumption are desired."

Image: iPhoneroot

Around 10,000-12,000 devices were meant to be officially available for sale from November 9 onwards, but verified figures were not available. According to Sostav.ru, more iPads with the 3G function were predicted to be delivered to the country's retailers before the end of the year, said Evgenii Butman, head of the ECS Group (Russia's Apple distributor).

An anonymous source familiar with the electronics industry said that the next wave of iPad devices to be imported into Russia will be larger in number because of the "initial success" of the sales, Kommersant informed. However, the exact number was not known, Lenta.ru stated.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-12-01 16:53

Swedish media group Bonnier last week launched its News+ system for the iPad, a product that aims to start from scratch, fresh for the tablet, minonline.com reported today.

The concept for the News+ product is an answer to the question, "What if the newspaper had only been invented in the age of tablets?" and creates a tablet-specific experience that is completely different from print and the Web, minonline's Steve Smith explained.

Bonnier, which owns titles including Dagens Nyheter, Expressen, Borsen, Dagens Industri and Sydesvenskan, previewed a magazine design platform for tablets and touchscreens in 2009, called Mag+. It has since been used for multiple magazine platforms, News & Tech reported.

Previously, Bonnier also worked on the Popular Science iPad app, according to touchreviews.net.

"Reading News+ means taking part in a conversation. You can connect with your social networks, and share the articles that you want to talk about with your friends," a video created by Bonnier explains. It also details its plans for the future of advertising, and how ads can be more helpful and interactive.

Here is the video that shows what Bonnier envisions to be the future of newspapers:

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-30 00:06

Apple and News Corp may be ready to launch The Daily on December 9, according to John Gruber, of Daring Fireball. Apple may also announce subscriptions through iTunes, enabling consumers to receive automatically delivered newspapers and magazines directly to their iPads.

Rupert Murdoch's first tablet-only publication will be launched exclusively as an app for the iPad, and appear later on Android tablets. Its budget is believed to be US$30 million, with a staff of about 100.

Currently, iPad users download and pay for digital issues of a publication one issue at a time, Digital Trends pointed out.

"In addition to this being moderately inconvenient, it also keeps consumer information out of publishers' hands. Which is why, up to this point, publishers haven't warmed to the idea of rolling subscriptions through the App Store. Apple's refusal to share subscriber data limits publishers' ability to target their audiences for advertising and marketing purposes."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-26 17:28

Samsung Electronic has sold 600,000 Galaxy Tabs since it launched the tablet a month ago, Fortune.com reported Monday. This gadget is currently available in more than 30 countries.

"That likely makes it the fastest selling Android Tablet on the market," pointed out Fortune.com, noting that it has sold 30,000 units in Korea, where it was introduced on November 14.

The South Korean company predicted in September that it would sell one million Galaxy Tabs by the end of the year. "The brisk sale boosted its confidence to meet the goal," noted The Korean Herald. According to Samsung, the demand for the product "has been robust, outpacing supply in most countries."

"Samsung's Galaxy Tab is essentially the only competitor to Apple's iPad that's really arrived with any sort of splash," Fast Company reported. Back in April, Apple sold one million iPads in the United States and, since then, sales have reached 7 million units worldwide, Agence France-Presse reminded.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-23 17:24

Rupert Murdoch's tablet-only news publication, to be called The Daily, will be launched exclusively as an app for the iPad, and appear later on Android tablets, reports last week revealed. Since then, we've learned that The Daily's budget is believed to be US$30 million, with a staff of about 100, according to a report today by PC World.

A round-up of other information on the project is after the jump.

- The Daily will be published on the tablet seven days a week, and is expected to cost 99 cents a week, or US$4.25 a month.

- It will be headquartered in News Corp.'s New York offices and will cover the United States only, with no plans for foreign bureaux or a Washingon, D.C. bureau.

- Readership is expected to be between 100,000 to 500,000 over the first five years.

- A beta version is expected to launch by the end of the year, and a full launch is expected early in 2011.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-22 18:29

Could Canadian mobile manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the BlackBerry device, be feeling a little bitter about Apple entering the business-oriented market that RIM caters to? According to SellMyMobile, since its launch, the iPhone 4 has become more popular with the business sector as well as the general retail industry.

During the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco, RIM Co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Balsillie criticised the applications that Apple manufactured for its devices, hinting that users "don't need an app for the Web," The Telegraph reported yesterday.

Image: Daily Laptops

"We believe that you can bring the mobile to the web," Balsillie said, PCR reported. "You don't need to go through some kind of software development kit. That's the core part of our message. You can use your existing development environment."

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-18 16:52

Last week, just hours after News Limited announced it would launch iPad apps for two of its Australian tabloids, James Murdoch, CEO of News Corp. in Europe and Asia and son of News Ltd's owner Rupert Murdoch, said sales of newspaper apps were cannibalizing the print version of the dailies.

But before apps as we know them even existed, it was once thought that free websites cannibalized print newspapers. At the time, Rupert Murdoch was one of the loudest voices against free online content. Today he is putting complete paywalls around News Corp.'s UK sites, TheTimes.co.uk and SundayTimes.co.uk.

Image: Huffington Post
But last week, when James Murdoch voiced his opinions on apps, he also said free websites might not really cannibalize print after all.

"The problem with the apps is they're much more directly cannibalistic of the core print product than the website," he said at the Monaco Media Forum, according to our sister publication, editorsweblog.org. "People interact with it much more like they do with the traditional product."

Reuters Blogs' Felix Salmon opined Friday that James Murdoch is likely only half right:

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-15 22:57

China-based tech firm Hanvon is expected to announce today the first e-reader with color e-ink at this year's FDP International trade show in Tokyo, Japan, PC Mag reported.

The device will emerge on the Chinese market in March next year and may cost US$440, according to CNN. The e-reader will have a 9.68 inch touchscreen as well as 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Image: NYT

"Consumers want everything: vibrant color and full video with low power consumption and zero glare at an unbeatable price. Until that arrives, we'll continue to see both makers and readers in this space accepting tradeoffs and experimenting to find a balance that works," Wired.com stated.

According to The New York Times, e-ink's black-and-white displays are present on almost 90 percent of e-readers across the globe, i.e. Amazon's Kindle or Sony's Reader Daily Edition. Apple's iPad and Barnes & Noble's recently unveiled colour Nook reader both use LCD technology.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-09 16:14

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