Did Free Content Kill the American Newspaper?
(Press Release) LOS ANGELES, February 6—Now and Then Reader, the publisher of original short-form nonfiction books for Kindle, Nook, iPad and other popular e-readers, will give away free copies of ProPublica general manager Richard Tofel’s Why American Newspapers Gave Away the Future, it was announced today by co-founder and chief editor Ivan R. Dee. Available for free download from February 8-15 through Apple’s iBookstore, this book offers fresh insights into how and why free content brought on the downfall of print journalism.
“Since free content is the villain in this story,” said Dee, “it only seemed natural to give it away.”
From his perch outside the print world at ProPublica and drawing on years of experience at the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, Tofel offers a unique perspective on the mistakes made as the internet mushroomed in the 1990s and early 2000s. Part economic and history lesson and part cultural critique, Why American Newspapers Gave Away the Future is an insightful 16-page commentary on how it happened, why it happened, and what it means for the future of journalism.
This e-single, which will also be available to purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Google Books for $1.99, joins Now and Then Reader’s growing list of original nonfiction Kindle books, iBookstore Quick Reads and Nook Books released every Wednesday. The newly launched publishing house was founded by Dee, former chief editor of Quadrangle Books and president of Ivan R. Dee Inc., and Chandos Erwin, managing director of Oatmeal Beach, a Los Angeles based digital agency.
The company will soon publish the timely essay How Iran Got the Bomb by Jeremy Bernstein, author of Plutonium: A History of the World’s Most Dangerous Element and Nuclear Weapons: What You Need to Know. Among its recent offerings are John F. Kennedy’s Women: The Story of a Sexual Obsession by Michael O’Brien, Holy Cow 2000: The Strange Election of George W. Bush by Kenneth O’Reilly and High and Tight by Ray Robinson, the story of how famed Jewish baseball player Hank Greenberg confronted anti-Semitism. Now and Then Reader is also reissuing a selection of free books to complement their list of paid titles. The full list is available at www.nowandthenreader.com .