Publishing/Writing: Insights, News, Intrigue


Murdoch’s "Digital Newsstand" is Belly-Up

Due to his wanting to control all the subscribers’ list data demographics, and not even sharing this info with those newspaper publishers participating in his digital newsstand, he has not been able to generate any interest from other publishers in joining his online newsstand! Duh, I wonder why?

David Zax , of, reports more intriguing details:

Project Alesia, one year and $30 million in the making, would have bundled online subscriptions to magazines and newspapers, but publishers weren’t interested.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is ditching an idea one year and $31.5 million in the making: an online newsstand that would have bundled online subscriptions to newspapers and magazine. “Project Alesia,” as it was called, is being abandoned for lack of interest among the publishers News Corp. had pitched.

Reuters’ source says that Alesia is just on hold, but MediaWeek claims the decision is absolute: “an entire, dedicated News Corp U.K. operation being dismantled just days before a product was due to go on market.” Over a hundred people were working on the project; most have been reassigned elsewhere.

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  1. With news being free on the internet and with the bias of the readers choice, it's hard for any print medium to survive.Did you miss the latest installment in my series of AdSense tutorials? A couple days ago I posted the second part in an ongoing series of tutorials that show you how the pros earn the big bucks. Check it out if you haven't already…Roll Up Your Sleeves and Let's Get Down & Dirty Or How to do the damn thing – Part IIPerhaps you missed:I See You!Google Analytics Pro Tips & TricksTutorial Tuesday Or How to do the damn thingHope to see you real soon!

    Comment by Futomara — 10/23/2010 @ 8:08 am | Reply

  2. Good point, Futomara…However, Murdoch'e digital newsstand was not print medium, it was digital medium.The Financial Times & WSJ have successfully monetized it's online content…and the rest will come. They will offer some free but the juicy stuff will be subscription.As far as "print medium"…it won't go away completely, either. Content, whether "print" or "digital" format, is, afterall, still words…and good words have value…

    Comment by John Austin — 10/23/2010 @ 8:53 am | Reply

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