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Dec 03 2009 by tobs

A lot of news about the news

Newspaper companies are having a hard time adjusting to a world in which people use the internet. And especially since Rupert Murdoch accused Search Engines of stealing their content and announced that he would make people pay to read News Corp. content there is a lot of discussion about how the future of the news industry will look like.

Yesterday Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google posted his view on things in an article on Wall Street Journal , envisioning the future to look like this:

It’s the year 2015. The compact device in my hand delivers me the world, one news story at a time. I flip through my favorite papers and magazines, the images as crisp as in print, without a maddening wait for each page to load.

Apparently newspaper companies are indeed working on that future right now. Time Inc. have just released a demo of a tablet-targeted version of Sports Illustrated which gives a good impression of how they want to justify taking money for content in the digital age:

Also, the New York Times have recently released their Times Skimmer which is an alternative Interface for their headlines. What they’ve come up with is really nice I think. It is especially nice to see that they did not implement it in a proprietary format like Flash or Silverlight but instead used open standards like HTML and CSS (with some nice HTML5 and CSS3 highlights sprinkled on top). And they’re using @font-face through Typekit as well.

Screenshot of the Times Skimmer


  1. 1857 Stuart

    The tablet demo is impressive. If I only want to read the score I can look it up for nothing, but if I really want to see exclusive photos, videos, etc, then I would consider paying a small fee. I still buy one or two magazines (though not as many as I used to) because the same content is not available online. It’s a different story when you’re used to having that content for free, especially if the content is not exclusive to one source. Will be v interesting to see how it plays out.

  2. 1858 tobs

    I still buy paper magazines as well. But mainly because they are made out of paper. Sometimes I want to get away from my screen. But I agree it will be really interesting to see which direction paid magazine content takes in the future. And what interfaces they come up with.

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