Sub-compact media: Rethinking the way we publish online

Many publishers seem to assume that the best way to publish their content online is to try and recreate the look and feel of the printed product they are trying to replace, but a better approach is to strip away everything that isn’t absolutely necessary.

How media companies can think more like startups

Many startups like Tumblr and Airbnb have become successful because they focused on filling a need that their founders had, and then turned that into a business, and there are a number of important lessons in that kind of approach for traditional media companies.

Should you use Kindle’s new read-it-later feature?

Amazon launched a “Send to Kindle” extension for Google Chrome that lets users send articles to their Kindle. Other services, like Pocket and Instapaper, can do the same thing. Which one should you use?

Here is why Facebook bought Spool

Facebook is buying Spool, a mobile app company and shutting down the app. While it seems like an acqua-hire, in reality this deal is about the technology built by this tiny startup. And that is why Dropbox, Twitter and Google also came calling on the company.

Instapaper for Android arrives. Will users buy it?

Another of the most popular iOS applications makes the move to Android as Instapaper becomes available in Google Play. Marco Arment, Instapaper’s creator, has noted that Android users prefer free software, so will they buy his app or opt for a free alternative?

ProQuest’s Udini is a cloud-based research tool for regular people

Online research database ProQuest’s usual customers are libraries and other large institutions that can afford to pay a lot for access. ProQuest’s new cloud-based tool, Udini, aims to make Internet research easy and affordable for everyday people — and builds in some Evernote and Instapaper-inspired features.

Instapaper, Readability and monetizing other people’s content

There’s been a lot of criticism of Readability for collecting money from readers who use its ad-stripping service. But its approach is actually better than some others — and that desire on the part of readers is something publishers need to figure out how to accommodate.

Shifting reading habits boost Read It Later in 2011

Read It Later is one of the quiet success stories of the tablet and smartphone revolution. What started as a simple Firefox extension is now a much-used tool for our shifting reading habits, thanks to the emergence of new mobile devices.