Recommended Links (Ed. 0029 / 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 why viral generally equals not true, Newsweek’s unbelievable return to print, and a good write-up in the NYTimes on the Urban Dictionary.  Enjoy.

Media & Digital Media

  • Marc Andressen Talks About the Evolution of the News Business (gigaom)
  • If a Story Is Viral, Truth May Be Taking a Beating (nytimes)
  • Web Video’s New Middlemen: Here’s Whats Wrong With Consumer Electronics (gigaom)
  • Chet Kanojia and Aereo Seek to Shake Up Television Industry (nytimes)
  • Goddammit, Popular Science. You had one job (wilwheaton)
  • The tablet magazine ship is sinking. Fast. (gigaom)
  • New York Times redesign points to future of online publishing (cnnmoney)
  • Turning the Page on Anonymity: The Future of HuffPost Comments (huffingtonpost)
  • To Understand the Future of TV, Look In Your Pocket (gigaom)
  • The Six Things That Make Things Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You (newyorker)
  • Yahoo’s Sleek News Digest App Swims Against the Stream (theverge)
  • Newsweek Plans Return to Print (nytimes)
  • Digital Publishing: the Expert’s View of What’s Next (theguardian)
  • This online journalism startup raised $1.7M in crowdfunding and you’ve never heard of it (gigaom)
  • Confirmed: Climate coverage fell after New York Times killed environment desk (grist)
  • Publishing Magazines For An ‘Ambidextrous’ Generation (npr)
  • Does anyone still work at the ‘New York Times’? (blogs.reuters)
  • 13 of the Year’s Best Infographics (wired)


  • The User Is (Still) Not Broken (publishersweekly)
  • Behind the dialect map interactive: How an intern created The NYTimes’ most popular piece of content in 2013 (knight lab.northwestern)
  • A Look Back Suggest Publishing Panic May Not Be Necessary Anymore? (bustle)
  • Publishers Aren’t Facing Up to the Challenge of Mobile (theguardian)
  • Oyster, a Start-Up For E-Reading, Raises $14 Million (dealbook.nytimes)
  • How Hybrid Publishers Innovate to Succeed (forbes)
  • How Oyster, the “Netflix of Books,” Won Over the Publishing Industry (news.cnet)
  • Walter Isaacson on Crowdsourcing His New Book (businessweek)
  • Publish and Perish? What To Do With That Book Inside of You (techcrunch)
  • Authors Prefer Traditional Publishers to Self-Publishing (LAtimes)
  • It’s a lot easier to say you want to move from print-first to digital-first than it is to actually do it (gigaom)
  • Amazon’s new way to boost Kindle sales? Your old books (tech.fortune.cnn)
  • The Revenge of the Printed Book (esquire)
  • Digital Publishing: How it Will Evolve in 2014 and Beyond (gigaom)
  • E Ink’s new Fina display technology promises lighter, thinner e-readers (engadget)
  • Out of Print, Maybe, but Not Out of Mind (nytimes)
  • Companies book profits from self-publishing (usatoday)
  • Court Upholds Legality of Google Books: Tremendous Victory for Fair Use and the Public Interest (eff)


  • The Decline of the American Book Lover (theatlantic)
  • A Lexicon of the Internet, Updated by Its Users (nytimes)
  • The Five Best Punctuation Marks In All of Literature (vulture)
  • The E-Reading Software That’s Better Than Kindle or iBooks (theatlantic)
  • Awesome Visual Featuring The Most Popular Books of All Time (educatorstechnology)
  • Longreads Best of 2013: Here Are All 49 of Our No. 1 Story Picks From This Year (blog.longreads)

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