Morning Links 8 July 2010

8 myths about reading books on a mobile phone

According to Wikipedia there are 4.6 billion mobile phones in the world. That’s a huge number. But people don’t try to read books on them. In this post I’d like to address some of the most popular reasons, which prevent us from doing it.

AP, MediaNews Boss Sends Legal Threat To Blog For Quoting Colorado Newspapers

It's no secret that the Associated Press is hot for the "hot news" doctrine (even as they seem blind to how it will come back to bite them). However, most of the lawsuits involving "hot news" to date have strayed away from really testing the legal limits of, say, blogs writing about newspaper stories and quoting parts of the story in the process. That may be changing. Dean Singleton is the chair of the Associated Press, as well as the CEO of MediaNews, one of the big newspaper chains out there. Apparently he's decided to test the waters on threatening bloggers over "hot news."

More Newspapers Are Taking Credit Cards at Vending Machines

Newspapers are edging away from demanding a fistful of coins at their vending machines and toward accepting plastic.

Credit-card and debit-card readers aren't typically improving sales much, as it turns out, but they might help the vending machines avoid irrelevance as newspapers hike cover prices and consumers swipe cards for more and more of their purchases.

Time Magazine putting up a paywall to protect print?

Check out the current issue of Time Magazine at Time.com. Click around. Notice anything? On almost every story that comes from the magazine, there’s this phrase: “The following is an abridged version of an article that appears in the July 12, 2010 print and iPad editions of TIME.”

Late last month, Reuters’ Felix Salmon noticed that a Time.com story he followed a link to wasn’t all there — it was just a snippet and a note saying that “To read TIME Magazine in its entirety, subscribe or download the issue on the iPad.” But by the following morning, the full story was back as if nothing happened.

About Nate Hoffelder (11391 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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