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Pearson’s digital pay-off still awaited

Pearson, the British publishing group behind Penguin, The Financial Times and a growing educational assessment and testing business, reported first-half financial earnings yesterday. Share prices gained nine percent on the day, well ahead of the rest of the market. Some digging in the report and presentation raises some interesting questions. First, the FT, which saw […]

Global and U.S. advertising spending plunges in 2009

For anyone hoping to refinance publishing on the back of advertising, it may be the best of times to sell a new medium to advertisers, but it is the worst of times for advertising. Nielsen reported this week that ad spending globally dropped 7.9 percent in the first quarter of 2009. U.S. ad budgets declined […]

Is “Total Youth Think” the solution to publishing’s problems?

Can the World Young Reader Conference, which will happen in Prague this September, provide actionable ideas for newspaper publishing? According to a recent, cloying Pepsi radio spot, youth does everything worthwhile. I personally prefer to see the wiles of age tempering the energy of youth to produce generational changes that represent the experience of everyone […]

Surprisingly, I agree with Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, was speaking to the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival yesterday, when he said: “There won’t be newspapers, magazines and TV programs. There won’t be personal, social communications offline and separate. In 10 years it will all be online. Static content won’t cut it in the future.” That’s true, but what […]

140 Characters Conference video—watch now

Several great book- and publishing-related talks and panels at Jeff Pulver‘s 140 Characters Conference worth watching: Tim O’Reilly on what he’s learned from Twitter

Kindle DX the saviour for newspapers?

Folks are discussing the question “Can Kindle DX save newspapers?” over at SparkWords.com. Join the debate.

Noted News & Opinion, June 16, 2009

Global entertainment and media spending will reach $1.6 trillion in 2013, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers annual industry projections, AdWeek reports. The U.S. media industry will not match growth in the rest of the world, increasing only 1.2 percent annually, compared to the global rate of 2.7 percent, reaching $495 billion in 2013. Digital revenues are predicted […]