• NEWSFLASH: In digital advertising, less really is more

    According to today’s Wall Street Journal, digital publishers are waking up to the undeniable reality that digital display advertising is a train wreck, causing grief for users and bringing little to no value to advertisers. No wonder, then, that in this ridiculously cluttered marketplace, revenues for digital display are crashing for publishers. Publishers brought this […]

  • Subcompact Publishing

    Craig Mod does a much better job than I did a few posts back in articulating what is so special and revolutionary about Marco Arment’s The Magazine, which Mod cites as an exemplar of what he dubs Subcompact Publishing. The clarity of The Magazine is exciting. It’s doubly exciting because it’s precisely the sort of app at […]

  • Mobile surges for online purchases, but Android is slipping. Why?

    Horace Dediu has some interesting data today on the growth of mobile as a percentage of Black Friday online purchases. This year, mobile accounted for nearly one-quarter of all purchases. Use that datapoint this week when anyone tells you that a mobile-first approach to digital communications and commerce is still “too soon.” Digging deeper, though, […]

  • How one geek just outdid the entire publishing industry

    Most of my friends and colleagues in journalism or the magazine world have never heard of Marco Arment. A few more may have actually used his offline article reader, Instapaper. But I’d be willing to bet that almost none of them realize that, earlier this month, Marco surprised everyone by simply doing a few things […]

  • Know your rights: Fair Use

    Though it’s tempting to make a meta-joke and simply copy/paste the entire study here, here’s a pointer toward an excellent study from American University released recently on journalists and the concept of Fair Use. It makes three important points: Overall, journalists have very little idea what Fair Use really is. Somehow, thought, many journalists intuitively […]

  • Did Craiglist just leave the door open a crack?

    Ben Brooks has a great post that gets straight to the point about a business that, suddenly, is wide-open with possibilities again: Local classified ads. I can’t be the only one that thinks Craigslist is ripe for a disruption, because there is so much wrong with it that goes beyond the hideous and user hostile […]

  • What if your users actually want to play along with NBC’s tape-delay?

    Jay Rosen just asked this on Twitter: So how come no one’s writing about the odd and forbidding art of eluding the news when you want to watch a race on tape delay in prime time? The answer I had when I was with The Baltimore Sun now seems quaint, based on what I’m seeing […]