“No More Free Content”

“No More Free Content”

money I think that if I hear another newspaper person utter this phrase -- no more free content -- I will scream. It's either that or shoot the guy. (It's almost always a guy.) The latest missive to feature this demand comes from David Carr, writing in the Sunday New York Times (tip). Howard Kurtz alluded to it when writing about the demise of The Rocky Mountain News, asserting that "newspapers feel compelled to give away their content." It was also a theme at the "No News Is Bad News" event in Seattle in February. Why is this demand driving me crazy? The implication in the "no more free content" meme -- that all would be right in the newspapering world if online readers would just ante up -- rests on a false assumption. News and information consumers, in the main, do not "pay" for news content! In my lifetime, all mass media have "given away" their content. There are exceptions (Consumer Reports comes to mind) but the "no more free content" folks are not talking about niche magazines: they're talking about local daily newspapers. …continue reading →

What If Mobile Were To Become The News Space?

Mobile applications might provide a new business model for some artists, according to one of my students who has been researching the music industry this quarter. Last month, for example, the Presidents of the United States of America released an iPhone application containing four of their albums, plus rarities, live tracks and demos. The cost? $3.

Because the songs are streamed from the application, this distribution method should not cut into MP3 sales. That's an important observation. At Gnomedex three years ago, Dave Dederer described how the band made as much as 80 percent of their revenue from the iTunes store.

Today I read in Fierce Mobile Content that Matt Groening's long-running (22 years) comic Life In Hell will soon vanish from the pages of the LA Weekly. Jason Ankeny goes on to argue ... you guessed it ... that Life In Hell and other comics would be "natural on a Kindle or on an iPhone." And it's not just because these two devices offer a revenue model that the open web does not:

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