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Could there be new hope for print newspaper lovers? Consumer electronics company LG will launch a plastic electronic paper display (EPD) in Europe this April, Mashable reported.

The EPD is 6 inches in size, 0.7 mm thick, scratch-resistant and has a resolution of 1024 x 768, the article said. And, unlike technologies that use glass screens, such as tablets and e-books, LG's e-paper can be bent up to 40 degrees from the center, the article said.

According to Extreme Tech, the display uses e-ink, the technology used in e-readers such as Kindle and Nook. Using e-ink is especially beneficial to manufacturers, the article said.

“Unlike flexible OLED displays, which have been around for a while, e-ink displays are cheap to produce and can run for months on a small battery,” the article said.

ComputerWorld reported in November that both LG and Samsung debuted prototypes of flexible displays at an FPD International event in Japan. While LG’s e-paper used e-ink, which relies on surrounding light, Samsung’s version used OLED, a technology in which pixels generate light when charged, the article said.

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Gianna Walton

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2012-03-29 17:03

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The Boston Globe announced yesterday that it was following in the footsteps of other newspapers and launching an ePaper edition for online and print subscribers, according to boston.com. The ePaper version, which mirrors the format of the print paper, can be read on a laptop or downloaded as an app for smartphones and tablets, the article said.

The “replica edition” contains additional digital features such as page-turning, navigation scrolling and bookmarking, the article said. The new version also features a “text-to-speech” option, which can read selected articles or the entire newspaper aloud.

According to the description from the iTunes app store, users can choose a setting in which Apple Newsstand automatically downloads the paper daily, just like a print version would be delivered each day. The description also states that users can click on articles to access embedded links or share those articles on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Gianna Walton

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2012-03-29 09:47

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When it comes to monetising digital content - an issue just about every major news organisation is grappling with - the discussion too often both starts and ends at the paywall question. This raises the question that many news outlets may be afraid to truly innovate by looking beyond received models in their quest for revenue.

This could be about to change: the emerging e-book publishing trend is reaching such proportions, thanks to several new publications, that news organisations shouldn't ignore the possibilities it represents. What has undoubtedly given a boost to digital publishing is the appearance of electronic publishing start-ups such as The Atavist and Byliner. Thanks to their success, coupled with Amazon's push with its Kindle Singles series, the conditions for monetising long-form journalism have never been so good.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2011-09-14 16:09

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iPad is the number one tablet, but its status is being challenged at least on one front: The New York Times reported that the sales of women's magazines on Barnes & Noble's Nook Color e-reader, or even exceed, those on the iPad - to the publishers' surprise.

"We didn't really know what to expect," said Liz Schimel, executive vice president for digital media for Meredith, a publisher several women's magazines. "We regarded it as sort of a test. Would the Nook magazine experience resonate with consumers? We were extremely pleasantly surprised."

Generally, Nook Color and other e-readers seem to be more popular with women than the iPad and other tablet devices. According to Forrester Research, 55 percent of e-reader owners are women, and women also buy more books than men. Many women seem to prefer "simpler" e-readers to multi-purpose tablets. Barnes & Noble clearly noted this, having marketed Nook Color for women in particular.

The device, which is available only in the US and Canada, was launched in November 2010 and has become the most successful product in the company's history. More than 1.5 million magazine subscriptions and copies of single issues have been sold on the Nook Color.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2011-05-23 19:06

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Perhaps it's not that people have shorter attention spans, it could be a problem with platforms. That's the argument made by The New York Times upon the announcement of Amazon's January launch of Kindle Singles, a series of one-off essays and short stories priced between $1 and $5 that you can download to the device or to smart phones, or sometimes find online from the respective content provider for free. This new series is Amazon's attempt to bridge the gap between books and long-format magazines in print with digital content that is actually palatable to read.

The point, duly noted if not emphasized enough, is that books do not always translate to readability in pixilation because of discomfort with reading small fonts on a small screen for hours and hours at a time. Amazon and other companies are responding to this sentiment by starting to publish content that is potentially more appropriate to the platform of handheld devices for the consumer: digital pamphlets ranging between 10,000 to 30,000 words long, in page length between 30 to 90, which, according to Amazon's press release, could be "twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book," and are priced much less than standard books.

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Ashley Stepanek

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2011-02-16 18:22

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Amazon presented today the update for its Kindle for Android app, allowing readers to access more than 100 and magazines, Editor & Publisher revealed.

"Amazon has long offered access to newspaper and magazine content via its Kindle hardware devices, but this is the first time that functionality has been extended to third-party gadgets," explained Mashable.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-12-20 10:54

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Amazon announced on Monday that it would give publishers as much as 70 percent of the revenues it collects from selling newspapers and magazines through its Kindle store, The New York Times reported.

The royalty increase will take effect on December 1 and will be calculated on the retail price minus the delivery costs, The Associated Press reported. However, to qualify for it, "publications must be able to be read on all Kindle devices and applications built for devices such as Apple's iPhone and the Blackberry," Agence France-Presse explained.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-10 11:11

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Kobo, the eReader device backed by Indigo Books & Music, Borders, REDgroup Retail, Cheung Kong Holdings, and other leaders in technology and retail, announced it will offer newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

The selection includes "dozens of top U.S. and Canadian publications", according to the company, WebProNews reported.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-10-28 11:18

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According to Editor&Publisher, EC Media International released the Wink e-reader in India last week. The new e-reader is a multifunctional device that has the ability to download music and pictures.

The Wink supports content in over 15 different languages and the Wink library already comes with a large variety options with over 200,000 titles to chose from. EC Media International also supplies books that were not previously available in the country, thus giving the Wink a specific niche in the Indian market.

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Stefanie Chernow

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2010-08-24 14:11

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