Vox Solicits Reader Contributions to Keep Its Content Free Amid Ad Declines

The near-simultaneous rush among publishers with subscription businesses to loosen their paywalls and provide free access to reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic has reignited long-standing debates about whether the news should fundamentally be free, even as ad-supported journalism (with some exceptions) becomes an increasingly difficult proposition. This week, rather than erecting a paywall, Vox says it's looking to make up for declines in its advertising business by soliciting contributions from those readers who can afford it, in order to preserve free access to its journalism for those who can't. "Our dedicated team of journalists has boundless ambitions—and feels a great sense of responsibility—to bring you more of our distinctive coverage, in new and different ways, and to continue doing so for free," wrote editor-in-chief Lauren Williams and executive editor Allison Rockey in a note to readers Wednesday afternoon. "But even with record audience growth, the media business is not immune to the effects of economic downturns. In fact, right now, when audiences need quality, accessible journalism the most, ad revenue is on the decline as companies move to save money and shrink their marketing budgets." While not a tax-deductible charitable donation, Vox says recurring or one-off contributions, ranging from $7 to $250, will help support its science explainers, its coverage of the challenges being faced by the U.S. health care system and its YouTube and Facebook videos... Continue reading at 'Folio Magazine'

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Apple's New Ad Blockers Threaten to Remove Publishers' Mobile Ads

When Apple unveils its new iPhone and iOS 9 operating system this week, it could also drop a bomb on publishers, introducing ad-blocking technology that threatens to impact the revenue they make from smartphones. Ad blockers have been available on desktop browsers for years, but analysts say... Continue reading at AdWeek

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Ad blocking could spell the end of the intrusive ad

Revenue-hungry publishers have been cramming more high-impact ads onto their sites, but the growing spectre of ad blocking could be the nail in the coffin for some of those obnoxious units. Early data from Moat Ad Blocking Analytics suggests 10 to 15 percent of all premium publishers’ desktop ad... Continue reading at Digiday

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Pre-Roll Video Ads a Leading Catalyst to Ad-Blocking Growth

A new Wells Fargo Securities report put ad blocking right alongside viewability as a top challenge facing the digital publishing ecosystem.The report asked whether ad blocking is an existential threat or "just a 'Europe thing'" and netted out somewhere in the middle: "We believe the rapid rise... Continue reading at Advertising Age

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E-Readers for Real Readers

Dedicated devices for reading ebooks have been a hot category for nearly a decade, with tech firms from Amazon, Samsung and Barnes & Noble releasing a dizzying number of options in recent years. Yet while most of the new devices being introduced for reading ebooks... Continue reading at ABC News

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Native-Ad Slayer John Oliver Visits Native-Ad Seller Hearst and Explains His Hit Piece

Why did John Oliver devote 11 minutes of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight" to skewering the practice of native advertising?It was inspired by an interview he saw with Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp, Mr. Oliver told an audience at Hearst Tower in New York on Tuesday. Mr. Oliver was struck by how easily... Continue reading at Advertising Age

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When an ad is not an ad on Facebook

Publishers have been exploiting a Facebook loophole with their native ads, making them alluring ad buys in light of decreased Facebook reach for brands. The post When an ad is not an ad on Facebook appeared first on Digiday. Continue reading at Digiday

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San Diego Reader Launches eBook Publishing Program to Re-Introduce Great Writing to New Readers

The San Diego Reader is mining gold from its rich archives and releasing the treasures as a collection of six eBooks, the first installment of a series that will showcase the literary quality and historic value of a collection spanning more than 40 y ... Continue reading at Editor & Publisher

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Apple Tweaks iBook Language: Your Content Is Your Content

A couple weeks after introducing its new iBooks Author app, Apple has clarified legal language about what happens to the books users create with the software. Apple continues to insist that users can only sell electronic books in the iBook format via its iTunes store. But it makes it clear that... Continue reading at AllThingsD

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Turnit Offers Free Digital Newsstand--And Says It Will Remain Free

Evolusent Inc.--owner of Lifestyle Magazine as well as several different companies offering new media content and commerce services--is beta testing Turnit, a free digital newsstand for magazine publishers. Continue reading at Folio Magazine

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'Mad Men' ad exec launches new campaign to win buyer for townhouse

Jerry Della Femina, an icon of the advertising industry whose memoir about Madison Avenue’s rollicking heyday provided fodder for the hit cable series Mad Men, has a new campaign: selling his home.Della Femina and his wife, former TV journalist Judy Licht, have put their Upper East Side... Continue reading at Crains New York

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Future of TV Briefing: Why Yahoo’s DSP adding CTV support for Nielsen rivals matters to the future of measurement

This week’s Future of TV Briefing looks at how Yahoo DSP’s integration of three alternative measurement providers could help to shape the future of TV and streaming ad measurement. Continue reading at Digiday

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A Majority of Canadians Now Get Their Books for Free

A survey from BookNet Canada found that 58% of audiobook listeners in the country obtained their books from free sources, such as the library or YouTube, while 62% of e-book readers and 51% of print book readers found free sources for their reading material. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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Free Children’s Bookstore Opens in Pittsburgh

B Is for Books allows kids and families to browse, read, and select up to three books to take home. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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Major Publishers Sue Google Over Ads for Pirated Ebooks

Elsevier, Cengage Learning, Macmillan Learning, and McGraw Hill charge that Google has 'caused immeasurable harm' by advertising pirated content. The post Major Publishers Sue Google Over Ads for Pirated Ebooks appeared first on Publishing Perspectives. Continue reading at Publishing Perspectives

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Hachette Book Group Restructures Sales Department Amid Layoffs

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12 Brilliant Short Stories by Asian Americans to Read For Free Online

As Asian American Pacific Islander Month comes to end, it’s important to remind ourselves that the Asian American identity is more than just race or shared affinity. Born out of political activism and the anti-war movement to protest and rally against injustice, warfare, imperialism, and... Continue reading at Electric Literature

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The Atlantic and Vox Media made their own deal with the AI Devil

In the last few months, news organizations have leapt into bed with OpenAI, hatching Faustian bargains where the cash-strapped media industry exchanges a monetary pittance for OpenAI's right to scrape and integrate their content into things like ChatGPT. Those that have signed in blood include... Continue reading at Engadget

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OpenAI Strikes a Deal to License News Corp Content

The deal gives OpenAI’s chatbots access to new and archived material from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, MarketWatch and Barron’s, among others. Continue reading at The New York Times

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