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Appletell First Look: Booq iPad Accessories
March 30, 2010

The days seem to just drag as we wait for the iPad to be released. But if you’d like to occupy your time waiting with something useful, then take a look at some of the iPad accessories you can pick up soon from Booq. This company is known for their unique take on portability and protection of your gear.  They already have a page up just for iPad compatible accessories. It looks like they’re going to have quite a line up ready right away for your iPad. Before the iPad launches, I’m taking a quick look at two of their iPad offerings, the Boa Skin XS and the taipan Shadow XS.

How Apple Is Dogfighting To Control Your News
March 29, 2010

In one sense, the iPad's January unveiling was a nerd climax, a landmark for obsessive gadget freaks. But in another it was one in a series of Apple chess movies that will determine how much influence the company wields over the future of magazines and newspapers. If the tablet device and Apple's associated online shops become popular enough, the company could have a chokehold over publishing technology and content itself. It could become as central to the future of print media as it has become to the future of music, where Apple's iTunes Store dominates online sales.

Esquire's David Granger Named Adweek's Editor of the Year
March 29, 2010

If the Esquire editor in chief is in a good mood this early March day, it’s understandable. The Roger Ebert interview in the current issue is generating media buzz and Web traffic in advance of the film critic’s appearance on Oprah. Then there’s the upcoming National Magazine Awards. Granger is optimistic about the magazine’s prospects. (His expectations are realized a couple of weeks later when Esquire emerges as a finalist in six categories, including general excellence.)

New iTunes Rules Complicate iPad Magazine Opportunities
March 29, 2010

Apple this week revised the terms of service for its iTunes software, adding a new feature to send apps as gifts. However, the new feature comes with restrictions that may limit the flexibility of magazine publishers to market their wares as they see fit.
Apple prohibits the gifting of “in-app purchases, in-app subscriptions, [and] upgrades” which means you can’t buy someone virtual goods within an iPhone or iPad app. So you won’t be able to buy a friend an in-app subscription to Wired magazine for the iPad, for example, like how you can with the print edition

ABM: Tabloids, Others Still at Risk for Failing USPS ‘Droop’ Test
March 23, 2010

After receiving protests from groups like American Business Media over the timing of the proposed rate penalties for most flat-shaped mail that fails to meet so-called “deflection standards,” the United States Postal Service pushed back implementation of the new standards from early this year until June 7. The intent, according to ABM, is to provide publishers and other mailers more time to understand what will pass under the new standards before the penalty program kicks in on October 3.

ABC Board Revises Definition of Digital Magazine
March 18, 2010

The Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) announced today that its board of directors ruled to modify its definition of a digital magazine in the U.S. and Canada to accommodate new devices such as the Apple iPad.

At a meeting held March 10-12 in Washington, DC, the board agreed on new standards that state a replica digital edition must include a print edition's full editorial content and advertising, but no longer needs to be presented in a layout identical to the print version. Replica digital editions will continue to be included in a magazine's circulation guarantee, or rate base.

Demand Media’s Content Assembly Line
March 12, 2010

Today, I am trading in my assignment editor for an algorithm: I am becoming a Demand Media writer.

The company, founded in 2006, uses primarily freelance labor to stock its network of content sites, which include ehow.com and livestrong.com. In just a few years, the company has become the largest uploader of video content to YouTube, ranks in the top 50 of ComScore’s rankings and had estimated revenues of $200 million in 2009.

Demand Media claims its contributors produce between 4,000 and 6,000 articles every day.  My goal for today is more modest: to get enough done to make my hourly rate respectable. But with an average per-article payment of $15, I’ll have to hustle.

Layoffs Begin at BusinessWeek
March 12, 2010

The expected second round of layoffs at BusinessWeek began on Thursday. Among those cut were Tom Lowry, who covered media and marketing, and Michelle Conlin, who covered workplace issues. Lowry, who has been at the magazine for more than a decade, declined to comment other than to confirm he had been laid off. Conlin confirmed via e-mail that she lost her job.

Penton Media Emerges from Chapter 11
March 11, 2010

Less than a month after undergoing a pre-packaged reorganization designed to reduce the company's debt by $270 million, Penton Media announced it has emerged from Chapter 11.

On Friday, March 5, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved Penton's pre-packaged plan. In addition to the elimination of $270 million in long-term debt, Penton received an extension of the maturity on its senior secured credit facility through 2014.

Variety Restructures: Lays Off Full-Time Reviewers
March 9, 2010

In a major restructuring at Reed Business Information’s marquee b2b title Variety, the entertainment industry publication is eliminating its full-time review crew and reorganizing the newsroom. Three critics will now be used on a freelance basis. Variety.com itself announced some of the changes this morning at its site.

From Traditional Media to Tradigital Media: Reporter’s Notebook from Day One of the Publishing Business Conference and Expo
March 9, 2010

Print has no future. Print has a future. Print will vanish in 20 years. Print is still growing strong and will continue to do so. We are moving from the age of traditional media to the age of tradigital media. Those statements and more were what I heard in day one at the Publishing Business Conference and Expo in New York City. What follows are, in random order, some of those statements and who said them. Enjoy and keep in mind that only two people can ever tell you the future: God and a fool.

Stagnito Buys Nielsen’s Food Magazines
March 9, 2010

Stagnito Inc., the parent company of Stagnito Media, has acquired Nielsen Business Media’s four food group magazines as well as their related Web sites and tradeshows. The deal includes Convenience Store News, Progressive Grocer, The Gourmet Retailer and Convenience Store News for the Single Store Owner.

Postal Service Preparing Double Whammy for Publishers
March 4, 2010

The U.S. Postal Service is preparing to hit magazine and newspaper publishers with sizable rate increases starting next year.

In addition to seeking an extra rate hike for all mail next year, the U.S.P.S. will ask Congress for legislation that would allow Periodicals rates to be increased much faster than the rate of inflation.

Reed Sells Library Journal Titles to Media Source
March 1, 2010

Continuing its effort to sell off many print titles in the portfolio, Reed Business Information has sold both Library Journal and School Library Journal to Ohio-based Media Source Inc. Media Source will take on all of the respective brands’ print and online components as well as the Library Hotline supplemental newsletter.

With the acquisition, Media Source is pumping up current holdings in the space; it owns the Junior Library Guild and The Horn Book Inc. companies. “We respect the history and contributions of Library Journal and School Library Journal,” said Media Source CEO Randall Asmo in statement. “Our goal is to build upon those strengths to provide a vital and comprehensive service to the librarian community.” The company says that the editorial and sales offices of the publications will remain in New York and the books’ current editor-in-chief (Brian Kenney) and publisher (Ron Shank) will remain in these roles.

Nielsen Business Media to Sell Travel Titles
February 26, 2010

The bust-up of Nielsen Business Media is expected to continue today. Employees of the company's travel group, which includes Business Travel News, Meeting News Magazine, Successful Meetings Magazine and Incentive Magazine, will reportedly be told at a com pany meeting that the unit is being sold to North Star Pub lishing. The deal is expected to close this month.

First National Magazine Day is Saturday
February 26, 2010

It is a good sign of things to come. In fact it is a very good sign that this National Magazine Day is not aimed at the advertisers or ad agencies and is not sponsored by a magazine publisher or even an ad club in this city or that. It is the first National Magazine Day organized by a reader, an avid reader who discovered his first magazine, Highlights for Children, at a very young age and never looked back.

His name is Kevin Smokler, a writer and author who lives in San Francisco, CA and the creator of what he hopes to be a national annual holiday event. Mr. Smokler writes on his website, “On Saturday, February 27th, ordinary folk across America (like you, like me) will spend the day “attacking the stack” or reading their way through the unread magazines they’ve accumulated.