Does Piracy Harm Sales?

That’s the question asked by Michael Smith.  He doesn’t do a very good job answering:

My colleague, Rahul Telang, and I recently finished a paper reviewing the academic research on the impact of piracy on sales. Our review finds that, when viewed as a whole, the academic literature strongly suggests that piracy harms media . . . → Read More: Does Piracy Harm Sales?

Market Distortion in the News Industry

ASI:

Newspapers have been unable to monetise the internet as an income stream. This is in part because the BBC website offers so much content for free (i.e licence fee-payer funded) that it heavily distorts the market and mitigates against charging for content. The BBC itself has been forced to recognise this and plans . . . → Read More: Market Distortion in the News Industry

Newspapers Evaporating At Tremendous Speeds

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

There are tremendous changes underway in the journalism industry of epic importance that effect your personal liberty and finances.  I do mention some of my competitors so obviously this article is biased.  Newspapers are like blogs except expensive, dirty and a less efficient form of information manufacturing.  It is difficult for . . . → Read More: Newspapers Evaporating At Tremendous Speeds

Gas Prices: Print Media’s #1 Enemy

At over $4 a gallon, gas is definitely putting the pinch on consumers. Wired writes, “No Mocha For Me, Thanks. I’ve Gotta Buy Gas.” We aren’t sweating the little things; we’re simply cutting them out.

The media is self-centered. It loves to write about itself without regard for whether its audience is interested or . . . → Read More: Gas Prices: Print Media’s #1 Enemy

Amazon’s Kindle: Super Useful or Super Flop?

Instead of sitting down to read the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, imagine unplugging a paperback-sized Kindle reader from your nightstand and scrolling down to your favorite columnist. No, you can’t flip the pages.

Since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ pet project hit the market, publishers and writers . . . → Read More: Amazon’s Kindle: Super Useful or Super Flop?