Scratchpaper Recommended Links [Ed. 0021 / Media & Publishing]

Latest selection of the best stuff I’ve seen lately across the ScratchPaper focus areas of Media, Digital Media and Publishing, including items on whether News is Dead, Why there will never be another Pogue or Mossberg, and whether blogging for free is slavery (spoiler alert: it’s not even close.) Enjoy.

Media & Digital Media

  • Flipboard lands a whale as it signs a deal to add Time Inc. magazines to its platform (GigaOM)
  • Sorry, would-be Walt Mossbergs, but the day of the great mass-media technology critic is over (GigaOM)
  • Magazine industry chief rails against USPS (NYPost)
  • Tech hipster blog platform ‘Medium’ opens signups to everyone (VentureBeat)
  • Why tablet magazines are a failure (GigaOM)
  • Sorry, journalists — you can’t rely on tech companies for your next big payday (PandoDaily)
  • Pew surveys of audience habits suggest perilous future for news (Poynter)
  • Ken Auletta: Can the Guardian Take Its Aggressive Investigations Global? (NewYorker)


  • Is Amazon Bad For Publishers? (Reuters)
  • No, writing for free isn’t slavery, and other misconceptions about the economics of online media (PaidContent)
  • Amazon rolls out Kindle MatchBook: About 75k print books bundled with discounted ebooks (GigaOM)
  • Amazon’s Publishing Chief Announces Plans to Step Down (BusinessWeek)
  • Amazon Publishing reportedly retreating in NYC. Thank (or blame) Barnes & Noble (GigaOM)
  • Publishers need to know their readers to survive in digital era (Chicago Tribune)
  • Why Authors Are Start-ups and Publishers Are Venture Capitalists — Now More Than Ever (Digital Book World)
  • Books Don’t Want to Be Free (NewRepublic)
  • More gadgets, more reading: Survey suggests e-reader and tablet owners read more books (GigaOM)
  • Is Publishing Still Broken? The Surprising Year In Books (Forbes)


  • Amazon launches a weekly literary journal for Kindle, starting at $9.99/year (GigaOM)
  • What Can Libraries Do To Survive In The Digital Age? (NPR)
  • The Scratch Interview with Jonathan Franzen (ScratchMagazine)


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