With all of the focus on making the transition to digital and how that is helping news outlets and periodicals alike, it's easy to overlook the fact that it's not just about increasing ad revenue or reaching subscribers where they read. For some outlets, it will mean the difference between closing their doors and keeping a centuries-old institution alive.In an article for … [Read more...] about Digital Shift the Only Way to Save Some Newspapers
Newspaper outlets were initially slow to adopt digital publishing in a full-force manner, with many still experimenting with systems like paywalls and subscriber-only content in order to avoid alienating their paid print subscribers. But new data is showing that news outlets have nothing to fear from digital; even as print sales and print advertising revenue continue to … [Read more...] about Digital News Readership Continues to Gain New Ground
Just as libraries in the US have had to learn to navigate the sometimes frustrating world of digital content circulation, libraries in Japan have launched digital lending initiatives of their own. While the numbers remain small--only a total of thirty-three libraries offer some form of ebooks--it's the high rate of adoption spreading throughout the various library systems that … [Read more...] about Digital Lending Reaches Japan
In an interesting juxtaposition in how ebooks were slow to "save" libraries, digital newspapers haven't been the "hit the ground running" salvation of newspapers, especially small town or locally owned news outlets. While it's true that print subscriptions are declining and digital is on the upswing, one keynote speech highlighted the data that says digital adoption isn't … [Read more...] about Digital Is the Only Strategy to Save News Outlets
The digital reading space has come a long way from the era in which public libraries had little to offer in the way of ebooks, digital magazines, or digital newspapers. Some libraries, in fact, such as the Riverside Public Library in California, have face dramatic cuts to their print circulations. According to an article in The Press Enterprise, the library lost nearly 300 … [Read more...] about Digital Editions Fill the Gaps Where Library Catalogs Dwindle
There are three major companies that market newspapers and magazines to libraries and there is a fair amount of concern about what ecosystem to invest in. Library budgets are finite and the average system can ill-afford in making the wrong choice when investing in digital content for their patrons. Today, we look at the three best ones out there and give you a sense on what … [Read more...] about What is the best Solution for Digital Newspapers and Magazines for Libraries?
Just as the debate once raged about the state of print-versus-digital book publishing, magazines and newspapers are feeling the pinch of that familiar argument. While supporters on both sides of the book format aisle proclaimed that their preferred format was here to stay and the other was on its way out, the same points could be made of digital news.Jeffrey Trachtenberg of … [Read more...] about Are Paper Magazines Still Important?
The Irish Times is the latest news outlet to make the important leap to offering a subscription to its digital edition, while keeping a freemium paywall in effect. The fairly generous paywall--ten free articles per week on its website, or twenty free articles each week via the mobile app--allows those who have an interest in the outlet's local coverage but may not rely on daily … [Read more...] about Irish Times Adds Digital Subscription
When experts mourn the demise of the locally-owned (often family-owned) newspapers, they don't cite things like fast-breaking news or 24-hour headline news coverage; it's the local news and it the hometown coverage that get lost when big name media outlets become the only surviving players in the game. And there is possibly no greater loss in news coverage than that of the … [Read more...] about Underserved Communities Turn to Digital Publishing for Local News
The Independent is one of the leading newspapers in the United Kingdom and they are stepping up their coverage of US based news.The newspaper company is basically setting up a virtual office to add more coverage to news coming out of Washington and major stories occurring all over the United States. The stories will chiefly be available on the web, but the odd news item … [Read more...] about The Independent Steps up Coverage of US News
A variety of industries and business sectors have already seen the benefits in customer loyalty, marketing, and promotion that can come from digital publications, especially in the form of multi-device compatible apps. The hospitality industry, the higher education sector, libraries, and even hospitals have taken to using digital magazines to reach the client base they're most … [Read more...] about New Industry Takes to Digital Magazine Apps
The newspaper industry as a whole has adapted well to digital publishing in order to keep its doors open in an information climate that not only offers free news via the internet, but that competes with internet news for up-to-date accuracy. Digital publishing has offered news outlets the opportunity to continue to reach subscribers and readers while still offering the … [Read more...] about Digital Newspaper Bundling for Added Value