iPhone app business models improving

Recently, I’ve been noticing new iPhone apps coming to market that are adopting interesting business models. Generally, they can be categorized as using the “freemium” (or semi-freemium) model; i.e., they give away some valuable content and entice you to upgrade for more and better features. 1. This American Life iPhone app. … This app costs…

Personalized news and why the iPad is no savior

If any traditional news publishers are still thinking that the Apple tablet — finally, it has a (strange) name, iPad — points to their salvation by bringing a new business model, they’ll likely be proven wrong. No doubt, the iPad is an incredible, slick piece of technology. It’s not the “Jesus Tablet” that many of…

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…

Newspapers’ digital content is worth zero: Discuss

My latest Editor & Publisher column was posted today. I think you’ll find it provocative. Your News Content Is Worth Zero to Digital Consumers Admittedly, the headline overstates things a bit (hey, just trying to get you to pay attention!), but my main point is that whether online or on mobile devices, news publishers need…

Jimmy the Bartender has an iPhone app; where’s Dear Abby’s?

A while back I noted that a new iPhone app from Men’s Health magazine broke some new ground by selling add-on content within the app itself, beyond the initial price ($1.99). Now the magazine is trying again, this time by taking one of its regular features, the “Jimmy the Bartender” advice column, and turning it…