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Another Short-Sighted News Organization Hands Part of Its Future to Facebook

In a clear example of the asymmetry of power that now exists between Facebook and just about everyone else on the Web, check out the way The New York Times has handed a huge gift to the social networking giant:

Posted in Business Models, Media Business

Experiment: For Limited Time, Kindle Version is just $0.99

I published Mediactive a little over a year ago. The project, including the sale of publication rights in Japan, is in the black financially. And I’m ready to try some experiments as I move toward version 2 of the book

Posted in Book Economics

News Cooperatives for the Future

My friend (and editor of Mediactive) Tom Stites has written a three-part series of postings for Nieman Lab, the increasingly excellent site that scopes out the latest in journalism thinking (and doing). These posts are about business models for our

Posted in Business Models, Media Business

Warren Buffett Buys Another Newspaper

As a diehard believer in the value of what good newspapers can bring to communities, I’m pleased that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has purchased its “hometown” newspaper. I very much doubt that this corporate owner, unlike many others, will manage

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Cory Doctorow on Self-Publishing

Terrific piece by Cory (a friend) about who’s cut out for self-publishing, and who may not be. Excerpt: I firmly believe that there are writers out there today who have valuable insights and native talent that would make them natural

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New Shamelessness from Huffington Post

Huffington Post learned a lot from the pushback after AOL bought the company — which rose to prominence in significant part due to blogging by people who were never paid — for more than $300 million.  What did the management

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‘Every Book is a Startup’

That’s the name of a new book from O’Reilly. The title is absolutely true, as I can attest.

Posted in Business Models, Entrepreneurship

Future of Media at Economist Magazine

Over at the Economist magazine, I’m contributing to a discussion about where journalism is heading.

Posted in Business Models, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Media Business

FCC Journalism Report Is a Voluminous Disappointment

So many things are disappointing about the FCC’s just-released future of media report that it’s tempting to write it off entirely. That would be a mistake. Shallowness in research isn’t one of the problems. No one can accuse the working

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A Site License for Mediactive

I’ve just signed a site license with a journalism school for the e-book. We worked out a sliding scale of payments. The university will pay a discounted rate from the list price for the first 40 copies. For each copy

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