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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Perooz this...

Read magazines on your iPod.....
For some people, this will be too much work. But for young men, interested in hot cars or hot women, this may be useful. offers free downloads of magazines, movie and video game trailers, and new music for hand held devices including the iPod , Sony PSP, and Zune as well as Palm Treo and Blackberry models. The magazine pages (they're actually images which, on the video iPod, are transferred to "Photos" folders) are certainly readable if you’ve got nothing else to do while standing in line at the post office. Content offerings include GQ, Car & Driver, Maxim and Stuff. The site says tech, news, and business content are "coming soon."

Friday, January 12, 2007

Book publisher buys digital

HarperCollins has bought a stake in NewsStand, whose LibreDigital unit creates digital versions of books. Brian Murray, group persident of News Corp's HarperCollins, will join NewsStand's board of directors.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

TV Guide goes digital

TV Guide has joined the majority of television shows it writes about--and gone digital.
The digital edition of TV Guide was launched earlier this week by electronic publisher Zinio Systems, adding the title to a list of more than 400 magazines that the company now sells and distributes worldwide.
TV Guide's digital version contains all of the magazine's print elements, including celebrity coverage, program reviews and recommendations. The magazine also covers trends in the TV landscape and gives readers behind-the-scenes looks at broadcast, cable and syndicated shows, and new DVDs.
Since switching its format from digest-form to full-size and cutting its base ad rate by two-thirds, TV Guide has seen its circulation tumble almost 60% to roughly 3.8 million. But Zinio's president and CEO Rich Maggiotto says the digital version's immediacy will please the magazine's readers. "I believe our readers will love the features and functionality that are available in this new medium," adds Ian Birch, editor in chief of TV Guide and chief content officer of Gemstar-TV Guide International.
"With TV Guide's digital edition, readers will be able to have a truly interactive experience with the magazine," Maggiotto says. "The availability of this insightful content in a digital format will allow for up-to-date information and news about the shows and stars covered in their articles."

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Gathering pace...

US digital publisher NXTbook Media reported a 254 percent increase in sales and 359 percent more traffic to its digital magazines in 2006. Additionally, the number of pages viewed per NXTbook increased nearly 10 percent.

NXTbook CEO Michael Biggerstaff said in a statement that the amount of video streamed from the company’s digital magazine editions increased to hundreds of gigabytes per month. “We're streaming the amount of video each week that we saw in the entire year of 2005," he said.

Interesting. Particularly the amount of video being served - which is undoubtedly down to broadband usage increasing worldwide.