As the rise of the iPhone Apps and other smart phones came on the market, there was a general feeling that if people weren’t willing pay for stuff they can get for free online, maybe they’d be willing to pay for it if it came packaged as an app. That seems to be true according [...]
Poynter reports that the release of the latest operating system (iOS 5) for Apple’s iPad and iPhone has caused a surge downloads for newspapers. The new OS comes with a new app called Newsstand where users can subscribe to magazines and newspapers. One of the examples cited was the NYTimes app which saw 189,000 new [...]
Bloomberg is reporting that Ruport Murdock’s much heralded The Daily is struggling to get enough subscribers to break even. The Daily’s daily usage is about 120,000 – much less than the 500,000 it needs to break even. News Corp.’s digital publication isn’t compelling enough to change people’s reading habits and its marketing push, including an [...]
Yesterday Amazon announced their new Kindle Fire tablet. The device is being hailed as the first serious tablet to compete against Apple’s iPad. It sells at $199 and has a whole bunch of features that you can see on their site. Here’s Bloomberg’s report about the Kindle Fire. In somewhat related news, at least two [...]
The New York Times has partnered with Xtranormal provide animated satirical cartoons for their website. Xtranormal uses a technology that provides a cast of characters that can voice and act scripts uploaded by the public to produce a video that can be shared virally. The same technology was used in Renton, Washington police officer to [...]
Jeff Sonderman reports over on Poynter that the Wall Street Journal launched a Facebook app to allow “friends” to personalize news that show up on their wall. Jeff points out three interesting things: Facebook users don’t click on links that go to WSJ – everything stays in Facebook. WSJ’s app uses ads and allows users [...]
E&P notes that yesterday’s drop in trading hit media companies a bit harder. Here’s the numbers they present: Dow -4.3% S&P 500 -4.8% Nasdaq -5.1% A.H. Belo -3.48% Gannett -5.59% Journal Communications -5.94% Lee Enterprises -15.96% McClatchy -9.66% Media General -2.93% New York Times -7.56% E.W. Scripps -5.62% Washington Post -6.21% H/t: Tom Spurgeon
The New York Post has implemented a new way of boost downloads to their new iPad app. All iPad traffic accessing their website is being directed to a page instructing them to download their iPad app. No other access via iPad is allowed. Jim Romenesko quotes internet guru Dave Winer: Okay this is bad. This [...]
On the topic of the cost for an online NYT or WSJ account, Mike Lester asked in the comments how people got their news and comics – online. Rather than have that question buried in the comments, I’ve created a survey. I’ll post the results in a tomorrow. Poll closed. See the results.
Business insider reports that The New York Times pay-wall strategy is not only generating online revenue, but that they’re seeing an uptick in print subscriptions as well as the choice of ‘free’ is no longer an option. Even people who love their newsprint had to give serious thought to why they were blowing $600 for [...]
More bad news. U.S. newspaper advertising revenue fell 7 percent during the first three months of the year. That left the industry’s quarterly ad revenue at its lowest level in 27 years. Combined print and online advertising revenue totaled $5.6 billion in the first quarter. That compared with $6 billion a year earlier.
Alan Mutter writes on his blog, Reflections of a Newsosaur, that advertising revenue has not bounced back as other mediums have in this sluggish economy. Although television, online, radio and even magazine ad revenues all moved into positive territory by the end of 2010, newspaper sales dropped 6.3%. At the end of last year, annual [...]
Journalist Jonathan Tasini plans on filing a class action lawsuit against Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and AOL compensation for hundreds of unpaid contributors to the online publication. According to the Washington Post Tasini seeks $105 million. Tasini, in an interview, said HuffPost was engaging in breach of contract with its contributors because of an [...]
WWDMedia is reporting that a fourth reporter for the iPad only publication, The Daily, has left for other opportunities. Culture reporter Molly Young joins Lauren Bans, Heather Havrilesky and political reporter Jon Ward who have left the two month old publication. “It was incredibly fun to work in a newsroom: lots of reporting, lots of [...]
Later this month the New York Times will implement the long anticipated subscription pay-wall. In a column by Publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. the six access scenarios were listed out. They are: On NYTimes.com, you can view 20 articles each month at no charge (including slide shows, videos and other features). After 20 articles, we [...]