1) Subsidize an open Kindle
You mean like a PC that I can read whatever I want too on?
2) Sell subscriptions to an online, but local information DB that has stuff like (real) restaurant reviews and local news (obits, mayoral races, etc)
Why would anyone pay for that when there are tons of sites that do it for free already. Like trying to make money of classifieds with Craigslist around.
We no longer imagine the newspaper as a city or the city as a newspaper. Whatever I may say in the rant that follows, I do not believe the decline of newspapers has been the result solely of computer technology or of the Internet. The forces working against newspapers are probably as varied and foregone as the Model-T Ford and the birth-control pill. We like to say that the invention of the internal-combustion engine changed us, changed the way we live. In truth, we built the Model-T Ford because we had changed; we wanted to remake the world to accommodate our restlessness. We might now say: Newspapers will be lost because technology will force us to acquire information in new ways. In that case, who will tell us what it means to live as citizens of Seattle or Denver or Ann Arbor? The truth is we no longer want to live in Seattle or Denver or Ann Arbor. Our inclination has led us to invent a digital cosmopolitanism that begins and ends with “I.” Careening down Geary Boulevard on the 38 bus, I can talk to my my dear Auntie in Delhi or I can view snapshots of my cousin’s wedding in Recife or I can listen to girl punk from Glasgow. The cost of my cyber-urban experience is disconnection from body, from presence, from city.
5 Top Publishers Plan Rival to Kindle Format -- "Five of the nation's largest publishers of newspapers and magazines are teaming up to challenge Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle electronic-book reader with their own technology."
Google Bundles Coverage from NY Times, Wash. Post -- "Google Inc. is teaming up with The New York Times and The Washington Post in its latest attempt to help out the ailing newspaper industry."
Apple Pitching Tablet to Publishing Industry -- "Company has been offering book publishers 'a very attractive proposal,' according to an analyst. He says to expect the device to launch in the spring and cost $1,000."
"GlobeReader, powered by Adobe AIR, is a downloadable software application offering a digital experience of The Boston Globe that is very much like reading the newspaper itself.
You get everything you’d expect from The Boston Globe in print, delivered straight to your computer in less then a minute. After you’ve synched, no Internet connection is needed, so you can take the most insightful journalism with you wherever you go."
Something funny I have noticed, perhaps you have noticed it, too. You know what futurists and online-ists and cut-out-the-middle-man-ists and Davos-ists and deconstructionists of every stripe want for themselves? They want exactly what they tell you you no longer need, you pathetic, overweight, disembodied Kindle reader. They want white linen tablecloths on trestle tables in the middle of vineyards on soft blowy afternoons. (You can click your bottle of wine online. Cheaper.) They want to go shopping on Saturday afternoons on the Avenue Victor Hugo; they want the pages of their New York Times all kind of greasy from croissant crumbs and butter at a café table in Aspen; they want to see their names in hard copy in the “New Establishment” issue of Vanity Fair; they want a nineteenth-century bookshop; they want to see the plays in London, they want to float down the Nile in a felucca; they want five-star bricks and mortar and do not disturb signs and views of the park. And in order to reserve these things for themselves they will plug up your eyes and your ears and your mouth, and if they can figure out a way to pump episodes of The Simpsons through the darkening corridors of your brain as you expire (add to shopping cart), they will do it.
We will end up with one and a half cities in America—Washington, D.C., and American Idol. We will all live in Washington, D.C., where the conversation is a droning, never advancing, debate between “conservatives” and “liberals.” We will not read about newlyweds. We will not read about the death of salesmen. We will not read about prize Holsteins or new novels. We are a nation dismantling the structures of intellectual property and all critical apparatus. We are without professional book reviewers and art critics and essays about what it might mean that our local newspaper has died. We are a nation of Amazon reader responses (Moby Dick is “not a really good piece of fiction”—Feb. 14, 2009, by Donald J. Bingle, Saint Charles, Ill.—two stars out of five). We are without obituaries, but the famous will achieve immortality by a Wikipedia entry.
If the San Francisco Chronicle is near death [...] it is because San Francisco’s sense of itself as a city is perishing.
This isn't a reason the newspaper is dying, but it seems to me that what's been eroding in print for forty years, and what the internet hasn't changed - is the level of highly informed, ideologically coherent, and intelligently composed discourse.
Fuck Arianna Huffington. She's the one who revolutionized the wondrous new model of not paying reporters to report.
Just heard a radio ad from the New York Times saying they're Chicago's best newspaper. So they're going to fly out from New York to cover the council meetings?
you're paying so the journalist doesn't care one way or the other.
Besides in 10, 20 years journalists themselves will be replaced by text-generating programs. […] In time, natural language processing systems will be able to decompose stories into sentences and recombine them
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