Just Another Brick in the Paywall – November 29, 2010

Much press has been devoted to Rupert Murdoch’s planned digital-only daily newspaper aptly titled, The Daily, but tomorrow, another media mogul is apparently planning to reveal his own iPad publication (albeit a magazine). That mogul being Richard Branson… [Mashable]

And speaking of Murdoch, it’s funny how a few years ago when he bought News Corp., and the Wall Street Journal with it, many proclaimed Financial Times‘ death. Fast forward to the present and the FT has actually successfully implemented a paywall system and has become a model for modern publications [Crain's New York]

And about Murdoch’s digital iPad daily – perhaps we should all wait and see before opining whether or not it will be a ‘game changer’ for the publishing world [The Guardian]

Better yet, maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to think the iPad is even going to have any part in saving the newspaper industry… [paidcontent.org]

The value of paywalls was again debated recently at the Inland Press Association‘s annual meeting, where the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette‘s online director pointed out that his paper understands that to make a paywall successful, a publication has to offer unique content readers can’t get anywhere else for free [News and Tech]

Across the pond, where paywalls have been far more contentious, or at least more tangible, the UK high court ruled that UK newspapers can demand payment from commercial news aggregators to crawl their content [paidcontent.org]

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