Digital First Media CEO John Paton has just launched a company-wide effort called Project Unbolt that is aimed at detaching digital from the newspaper chain’s dying legacy print operations — but there is a long road between that and becoming truly digital
Book publishers discussed digital-first and digital-only initiatives at the Making Information Pay conference this week.
Cosmopolitan and Harlequin are launching a line of ebooks called Cosmo Red Hot Reads this summer. Sylvia Day, who originally self-published the bestselling Bared to You, has signed a seven-figure deal to write the first two Red Hot Reads.
The Journal Register newspaper chain has filed for bankruptcy for a second time, which some say means its “digital first” vision is flawed. But all it really means is that the kind of transformation required for the newspaper business will be measured in decades.
Columbia’s school of journalism has released a report on the media industry that describes a landscape filled with disruption and confusion. Although there are some hints of possible new business models, most media companies simply don’t understand enough about what is happening to their traditional businesses.
As newspapers struggle to stay afloat and remake themselves for a web-based world, many debate how much emphasis they should put on digital vs. their traditional print operations. John Paton, CEO of the Journal Register group of newspapers, says the time for debate is over.