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Is the Academic Publishing Industry on the Verge of Disruption?
July 26, 2012

In the quiet, restrained world of research libraries, any controversies that arise are, for the most part, cordial and largely academic. So some within the industry may have been understandably surprised by the widespread attention paid when, in April, Harvard's Faculty Advisory Council sent a letter to the faculty concerning what it alleged was a crisis with its scholarly journal subscriptions.

The letter reported an "untenable situation facing the Harvard Library" in which "many large journal publishers have made the scholarly communication environment fiscally unsustainable and academically restrictive."

New Wave of Tablet Devices Could Accelerate News-Reading Trend
July 9, 2012

The class of semi-portable, two-hands-required, touch-screen devices we generically refer to as “tablets” really contains two distinct species. There are the 10-inch screens, where the $499-and-up iPad dominates and has reigned all tablets as best-in-class.

And then there is the insurgent class of 7-inch screens led by the Amazon Kindle Fire. Are they as good as the iPad? No. But they’re more than half as good for less than half the price — and so they offer a compelling value to the budget-conscious consumer.

3 Ways Digital Magazine Publishing Has Changed
July 5, 2012

Digital magazine publishing success relies on consistent adoption by audience members. In order to do this, connections need to be made, and steps benefitting the customer need to be taken.

Below, there are three advances taken by publishers who are focusing on providing the right audience experience, before and after purchase. Let’s take a look at these digital magazine publishing tips now.

Inside Forbes: How We're Helping Journalists Find Their Voice With E-Books
June 6, 2012

I never thought I’d be the author of a book. In a traditional sense, I’m still not. Over the past two years, I’ve been writing posts on about the intersection of the news business and social media, focusing on our strategy to build a sustainable model for journalism in the digital age. Now, these posts have been molded into an e-book. My day job as chief product officer includes advocating the new world of entrepreneurial journalism — and creating opportunities for topic experts to succeed at it. E-books is one way.

Data Points: Taking the Tablet Temp
May 23, 2012

When the tablet market launched two years ago, it was a decidedly luxury buy. Since then, tablets have become more of a mainstream purchase, as the Apple iPad has dropped in price and less costly Android-based tablets and the Amazon Kindle Fire have come on the market. Apple still has the leadership position, but its dominance has softened.

Why Publishers Don't Like Apps
May 8, 2012

By the time Apple released the iPad in April of 2010, just four months after Steve Jobs first announced his "magical and revolutionary" new machines in San Francisco, traditional publishers had been overtaken by a collective delusion. They believed that mobile computers with large, colorful screens, such as the iPad, iPhone, and similar devices using Google's Android software, would allow them to unwind their unhappy histories with the Internet.

Tablet Competition Heats Up: Kindle Fire Captures more than Half of Android Tablet Market
April 30, 2012

The Kindle Fire, introduced to the market in November 2011, has seen rapid adoption among buyers of tablets. Within the Android tablet market, Kindle Fire has almost doubled its share in the past two months from 29.4 percent share in December 2011 to 54.4 percent share in February 2012, already establishing itself as the leading Android tablet by a wide margin. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family followed with a market share of 15.4 percent in February, followed by the Motorola Xoom with 7.0 percent share.

Cosmopolitan Exceeds 100,000 Paid Digital Subscribers
March 8, 2012

Cosmopolitan, the No. 1 selling monthly magazine on newsstands, today announced it is the first Hearst Magazines brand to surpass 100,000 paid individual subscribers for its digital edition, which is available on Apple, Zinio, Barnes & Noble and Amazon Kindle newsstands. Cosmopolitan was an early adopter of offering digital editions to consumers on all tablets and e-readers, selling initially on the Zinio platform as early as 2005.

Meredith Corporation Reports Fiscal 2012 Second Quarter Results
January 24, 2012

Meredith Corporation, the leading media and marketing company serving American women, today reported fiscal 2012 second quarter earnings per share of $0.70, compared to $0.88 in the year-ago period. Revenues were $329 million, compared to $366 million. Meredith recorded $21 million, or $0.28 per share, less of political advertising revenues in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 than in the year-ago period, which is expected in an off-election year.