The Daily now available in Australia

Jason Davis of Bookbee just came across The Daily in the Australian branch of iTunes. The contents the same, but the prices are about 20% higher.I've been looking at The Daily these past few days, and I still don't understand how it's supposed to make money. Quite some time before it launched I pointed out that it was competing with all the free content on the web, including the content being given away by other parts of News Corp (WSJ, etc). So far I haven't seen more than a couple news stories that were worth the bother of reading, much less paying for.

I'm not criticizing the quality of the writing, just pointing out that it's not unique and thus not worth paying for.

And then there's the monetary aspect. You can only pay for The Daily on the iPad - even though you can read the content online. It could be argued that there is a reason for that, but I don't see what it is. It's missing out on a lot of potential web app subscribers. After all, there are vastly more PC owners than iPad owners.

My opinion  on day 5 is much the same as it was months before the launch. The Daily was conceived and started at the height of the tablet hype. It has the feel that it started with the idea "tablets are cool", and then expanded from there. Unless it gets past that initial hyped viewpoint I don't think it will succeed.

iTunes via Bookbee

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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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