Monday, April 30, 2012
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A Taiwanese business tycoon with big holdings in China is looking to buy a cable TV network for US$2.4 billion in Taiwan.
The controversial deal would give Want Want Group chairman Tsai Eng-meng more power in the small democratic nation. His close ties to China are making many in Taiwan worried that “China is using big Taiwanese business interests to advance its agenda of bringing the island back under its control,” the Washington Post reported today.
Political parties on Thursday called for regulations that would not allow firms to own more than 10 percent of the shares in newspapers, TV or radio stations from operating cable TV services or owning more than 10 percent of the shares in cable TV service providers, according to the Taipei Times.
The Want Want Group’s bid for the cable network has led some lawmakers who were neutral on the legislation to now support it.
“I did not know how horrible [cross-media acquisitions] could be, but now I know,” Legislator Lo Shu-lei told the Times.
In 2008, Tsai bought the China Times group of media outlets for $680 million. This includes the China Times daily newspaper, the CTI cable news station and China TV.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
U.S. Digital advertising revenue soared 22 percent in 2011, reaching a record high of US$31 billion, according to a report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers and released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, paidContent reported.
The report also highlighted that mobile advertising spiked 149 percent to $1.6 billion.
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However, for such self-regulation to work, "certain elements of the new regime, such as rules governing membership, may need to be recognised by a statute," the MediaGuardian report stated, explaining the paper.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
HarperCollins, Hachette, Penguin Group, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster teamed up with Apple to set the price under the condition of giving the giant a 30 percent commission.
"Our investigation even revealed that one CEO allegedly went so far as to encourage an ebook retailer to punish another publisher for not engaging in these illegal practices," he said, according to Wireless Week.
Apple refused to comment.
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Meanwhile, a tweet is worth .1 cent, a search on LinkedIn is worth 12.4 cents, a check-in on Foursquare is worth 40 cents and a review on Yelp is worth a whopping $9.13, the analyst found.
“Video startups have YouTube. Now photo startups have Instagram,” Andres Blank, co-founder of Pixable, told Marshable Business.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Digital content layouts have mimicked print versions for a long time, but the tables could be turning, as magazine publishers are beginning to consider redesigning their print versions to mimic what's on the screen.
A coming unification of print and tablet versions can re-shape magazine design for the future, and publishers are considering several factors, as Hearst president David Carey recently told paidContent: "Tablet engagement metrics almost perfectly mirror what you see in magazines."
As print now begins to mimic digital, confusing a print magazine with an iPad could be a problem of the past.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Berkeley Beacon, Emerson College’s independent student newspaper, is ahead of most professional media; its new HTML5 website is responsive, Nieman Journalism Lab reported today.
The site is now completely mobile device friendly, the paper’s editors announced.
A responsive Web design addresses the problem of constantly changing devices on which to view websites. “Instead of responding to today’s needs for a desktop Web version adapted to the most common screen resolution, along with a particular mobile version (often specific to a single mobile device), the idea is to approach the issue the other way around: use flexible and fluid layouts that adapt to almost any screen,” MSDN Magazine explained.
The Boston Globe unveiled its new premium content mobile initiative in December last year, Read Write Web noted, calling it “a win in the fight against mobile device fragmentation and screen sizes and the future of how content is displayed on mobile devices.”
Emerson College is located in Boston as well, and “it’s no coincidence the Beacon site looks a lot like BostonGlobe.com,” according to Nieman.
Alexander C. Kaufman, the paper’s editor-in-chief, and coder/designer Ryan Catalani studied the Globe’s new design carefully.
The new website doesn’t contain advertising yet, but it will when traffic levels reach a more steady pace, Kaufman told Nieman. And when it does, the goal is for the Beacon to look “closer to BostonGlobe.com than Boston.com.” This means looking more like a print newspaper, with fewer ads.
To create its new site last year, the Boston Globe hired design and development firm the Filament Group, according to Read Write Web, which sat down with the group’s partners for a helpful Q&A on how the new design was constructed for all devices.
Images: Screenshot and ReadWriteWeb
Monday, April 9, 2012
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Amazon launched yesterday its ebooks Kindle en Español, a vast collection of more than 30,000 titles in Spanish, El País reported. With this new step, Amazon hopes to unite the boom of electronic books and devices with the U.S. Spanish-language publishing industry.
The collection contains many classics of Spanish literature, such as "Don Quijote" by Cervantes; Nobel prize winners like Gabriel García Márquez and Camilo José Cela, as well as modern novelists like Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Other foreign-language titles are published in Spanish editions and are also available in the new Spanish-language Kindle Store. As of this posting, the non-fiction "El Libro de los Manuales", written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, is the Spanish-language bestseller on Amazon.com, and available digitally exclusively through Kindle.
In addition, the store offers Kindle Singles - compilations of articles - from El País, including exclusive pieces from Mexican journalists writing about Mexican current affairs and subscriptions to Latin American newspapers, like El Universal of Mexico, or La Nación of Argentina. Amazon has also selected the Spanish edition of books for children, like "Dora La Exploradora" and "Go Diego Go," which are used to help kids learn Spanish.
"We are very excited to offer this new ebooks store in Spanish for all Kindle users and especially to our Spanish-speakers in the U.S.," said Russ Grandinetti, Amazon's vice president for Kindle Content.
E-reading is on the rise in the United States, with one-fifth (21 percent) of American adults saying they have read an e-book in the past year, the latest study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, “The rise of e-reading,” has found, NewsBizBlog reported yesterday.
As more than 50 million of Spanish speakers live in the United States, of which 60 percent are of Mexican origin or lineage, Amazon is entering one of the most auspicious markets in the publishing industry.
However, Amazon competitor Barnes & Noble's Nook Books en Español appears to contain 45,293 titles today, a larger number than eBooks Kindle en Español carries, paidContent reported. Amazon hopes to change those figures with its new Kindle store.