Friday, June 27, 2008
Readertorial in action, or How to save Print (1)
Print from online – is it just me or does that sound a bit like watching sport on the tv while listening to the radio commentary?
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Magazines need haptics ... but do haptics need magazines?
Failing that, you know you can rely on Wikipedia, for information about Haptic Technology and, more relevant to our interests, Haptic Communication. However, if you don't always trust the big wiki as a reliable source, then the Electronic Journal of Haptics Research might be more up your street.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
News International's magazine division closes
Of course, Mr Murdoch is far from the first newspaper person to think that magazines represent an easy pot of gold – one thinks of Eve Pollard and Aura magazine, Kelvin MacKenzie and Highbury House, for example – and he won't be the last.
The media are converging, no question about that, but there are still specific skills and perhaps a particular culture, required by each platform.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Magazine retailer WH Smith does digital
Not only is the cost of the digital sub more or less the same as a print sub but:
* Subscribers will only have access to duplicate copies for three months
* All issues have DRM
This is not good value. Take the costs of paper, print and repro out of a magazine and you effect big savings. If publishers, distributors and retailers are serious about digital mags they need to address the pricing.
Why do people take out subs?
* Because they want a guaranteed supply
* Because they want a discount per issue
* Because they want to hoard every copy until the attic rafters are bowed
Read what Zinio, suppliers of e-magazine software to 750+ titles, have to say in E-Commerce Times.
Magazine wholesaler John Menzies seeks a digital future
To quote from the story:
"The Magazines on Demand website works in conjunction with free-to-install software and enables users to download
the latest issues of magazines at any time as well as viewing, storing and searching digital magazines bought from the site ... the key feature of the system is the ability to save magazines to a USB stick."
Wonderful though it is to see such an old-established business marching bravely into the future, I can't help but feel that they have somehow got hold of the wrong end of the (usb) stick.
UPDATE: Next post