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How will publishers survive channel proliferation?

Publishing has always been inextricably tied to channels. From books and newsprint to radio and television and then to personal computers via the web, channels are how publishers deliver the goods.

Each time the channel map has expanded, publishers have had a decision to make: are they in the channel business or the content business? Continue reading »

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Pottermore is the next step forward for digital publishing

J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore is a big deal that will change the publishing world. Here’s why:

We all know that digital publishing has become an integral part of how we consume content. The ability to deliver content via the web has transformed the film, print and music publishing industries.

It began, as most new markets do, with a few innovators. It consolidated, as most new markets do, around dominant suppliers – Amazon and Apple to name a few. They have had the ‘special sauce’ on delivering content widely and conveniently, cornering the market. Continue reading »

Pete Steege
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The Financial Times jumps ship; has the App Store jumped the shark?

Apple tried to hold the line on the exclusivity of App Store subscriptions. But it looks like the pressure was just too much.

Ever since Apple established a 30% fee for publishers to use their storefront (and only their storefront) for content subscriptions, publishers have been grousing. Continue reading »

Pete Steege
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Apple iCloud is tethered to a down-to-earth business model

Apple’s iCloud is now official, soon to be floating above our iTunes-enabled devices, providing all kinds of interesting features.

Often people hear “Cloud” and think “Streaming”. While streaming may be a part of iCloud in the future, yesterday’s announcement was grounded in downloads. Continue reading »

Pete Steege
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The promise of content everywhere remains unfulfilled

The Green Hornet is waiting for me in my iTunes account, yet to be downloaded to a device.

I normally use Netflix streaming as my movie source, but I have a trip to Germany for work and decided to download some iPad content for the trip. My so far unsuccessful attempt was a painful reminder of the way things used to be for PC users. Continue reading »

Pete Steege
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iPhone, iPad and Mac: same company, different races

New market data this week from Nielsen Mobile and Appcelerator-IDC may seem confusing: is Android clobbering Apple or vice versa?

The picture becomes clearer when you realize that there are several races going on in the compute market at the same time. Continue reading »

Pete Steege
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Digital Rights Management means more than you think

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is about access control. It’s been a lightning rod for both corporate and consumer rights advocates. Who really owns what content?

DRM concerns usually center around commercially produced songs and movies. This is a small piece of a bigger pie. Our lives are now powered by content – both what we consume and what we produce. The question of ownership is growing in lock step with importance of content in our lives. Continue reading »

Pete Steege
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With Apps, Apple is borrowing a page from YouTube to change the publishing world

ew data from Distimo shows that the Apple App is not just a phone phenomenon. iPhone, iPad and Mac users are all buying in (literally) to Apps for their devices. With Android, Amazon and RIM elbowing their way in, it’s clear that apps have reached critical mass and are changing content consumption habits everywhere.

What’s so special about them? Continue reading »

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