Converting a book reader to a nook reader

My wife, Suzanne, has long had to put up with a husband who’s a new-gadget hound. I’m an early adopter but not a super-early adopter. We’ve had a TiVo DVR for years, but I wasn’t among the very first to purchase one. I waited for the iPhone 3G to come out before catching iPhone fever….

Hey, news sites: Think like retailers!

Today I received an e-mail promotion from an electronics e-retailer that I’d purchased from before. The after-holidays sales promotion looked interesting, so I clicked the ad to go to the site. I spent very little time there, didn’t see any deals I couldn’t live without, and clicked away. About an hour later, in comes another…

At last, I can complain about E&P’s website!

Throughout much of my nearly 15-year gig as a freelance columnist for Editor & Publisher Online, I’ve cringed at its website. Now that E&P is shutting down (though with some hope of a last-minute save) and my “Stop The Presses!” column has ended its run, I’m free to stop the self-censorship. Actually, I don’t really…

Farewell, E&P: The last of my 14-1/2 years of columns

After writing a column for Editor & Publisher Online for so long (it was my “Stop The Presses!” column that served as the website’s main original content at the very beginning), it feels weird to have the final one published. But it’s online, “Goodbye, for Now: Looking Foward.” (My editors rejected my apparently too-controversial suggested…

MiamiHerald.com asks for donations (too subtly)

I seem to be one of the few media writers who believes that there’s potential for newspapers to earn a decent revenue stream from donations by loyal website users (and even drive-by’s who want to reward journalistic excellence). It’s not that I think it’s going to save lots of newsroom jobs, but done right, asking…

Guardian phone app: It’ll cost you

The Guardian has introduced a new iPhone app, and its model is one I’ve endorsed in the past: iPhone app provides a much better experience than the mobile website Mobile version of Guardian website remains free iPhone app costs to download ($3.99 US, £2.39 UK) iPhone app content is free (beyond buying the app), but…

3 links that explain Editor & Publisher’s demise

(Disclaimer: I worked as a contract or freelance columnist for Editor & Publisher Online from 1995 till this week, covering for the site and sometimes E&P magazine the intersection of newspapers and the digital revolution. I do not have inside information about why Nielsen Co. shuttered E&P, and the words below are strictly my opinion.)…

Farewell, Editor & Publisher (We all knew this day would come)

Writing a column (“Stop The Presses!“) for Editor & Publisher Online, where I’ve covered the intersection (perhaps I should call it a collision) of the Internet and newspapers since 1995, is the longest-running professional gig I’ve ever had. The only things in my life that have lasted longer are my marriage (21 years) and being…

Another CP&B take-away for news industry: T-people

(This is the second post based on a Boulder Digital Works workshop I attended earlier this week, led by key executives of Crispin Porter & Bogusky. First post here.) I’ve been thinking a lot lately about cross-disciplinary teams and how the diverse skill-sets and knowledge that they possess can be combined to effectively work together…

What Crispin Porter & Bogusky can teach news industry

I spent Monday and Tuesday this week participating in the “Upgrade to Digital” workshop at the brand spanking new Boulder Digital Works at CU facility in downtown Boulder, a bleeding-edge training program to teach advanced creative, tech, and business digital-media skills. (Disclaimer: I attended on a free pass since I’m working on building a digital-media…

WSJ.com user survey = FAIL

While I do occasionally use the Wall Street Journal iPhone app to look specifically at what WSJ.com has available, on the web I rarely visit the website as a destination (and I am not currently a paying subscriber to either the newspaper or the website). Instead, WSJ.com articles tend to come to me. That is,…

Kachingle beta goes live (Kachingle me, please!)

One of my strongest interests this year has been news and content business models, and how to pay for content that’s given away free online. As a blogger (and my professional interest as a writer, researcher, and consultant on news business models), I’m especially interested in the wave of new solutions for websites and blogs…