The Newsonomics of Apple’s “Digital Circulation” Share

If Apple snapped its fingers and transformed the print industry tomorrow, its 30-percent take of worldwise circulation revenue would be $10.2 billion. That’s a fantastical number, of course: No fingers can be snapped, not all print readers will transition, pricing will change, and so on. But we ...

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Apple & the News Industry: Accommodate, Negotiate or Litigate?

Negotiation is helped greatly by competition. Ironically, Google, the first big web middleman to drive the newspaper industry nuts, may prove useful here as its Android-powered tablets (Samsung, Dell and more) take on the iPad. Can Google strike a 10% deal with the newspapers, setting a ...

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9 Questions on Apple’s “iTunes for News” Store

Isn't Apple wanting 30% of fees for apps a little like [Sony CEO] "Howard Stringer demanding 30% of the revenue produced by TV shows running on Sony TV sets"? That's how a friend put it to me when we talked today. It's a confusing world, no doubt, but still Apple is fundamentally a ...

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iPad and the New Five-Fingered Exercise

I think we'll see these companies go head-to-head for reader and subscriber dollars. As they do, I think they'll face a new five-fingered exercise. Raise one hand; five is the probably the maximum number of iPad news sites for which readers will pay.

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