Newspapers Digital First News Summary-12/09/11

Here’s this week’s digital first news summary for the week ending 12/9/11. This week’s update on digital, social and mobile includes how newspaper publishers are raving about Apple Newsstand, saying they have seen a drastic increase in app downloads since its Oct. 12 launch.

                                                                   Colorado’s Gazette Reorganizes to Put Digital First. Determined to cement The Gazette’s position as the dominant source of news in the Pikes Peak region, Interim Publisher Mike Burns on Thursday announced a company wide reorganization designed to more deeply connect with readers j.mp/tr5bY2

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press this week launched electronic editions for Web-enabled tablets. The e-edition is a replica of the print newspaper with its original design layout and advertisements and is only available to subscribers. j.mp/t7rokA

Newspaper publishers increased page views to their mobile content by 65 percent on average in September compared to the same month one year ago, according to the Newspaper Association of America. Many newspapers reported triple-digit page view increases to their mobile sites and apps, demonstrating that newspaper content remains a leading choice for consumers across their multi-platform offerings. j.mp/uAsJzK

Digital editions are poised to leap to the forefront of publishers’ revenue generation plans. But will they deliver? j.mp/uUyYM7

While Sears, Amazon and Dell had the highest-ranking mobile sites in terms of performance on Cyber Monday, more than 40 percent of shoppers still expressed frustration with their mobile shopping experience over the holiday weekend. j.mp/vhZMtj

A first look at an audacious new product from BERG which aims to reinvent personalized publishing, with printed news from Foursquare, Facebook, and The Guardian. j.mp/uNazN6

Groupon Inc’s fourth quarter got off to a strong start in October as the largest daily deal company’s growth outpaced that of its closest rival, LivingSocial, industry data tracker Yipit said on Thursday. j.mp/tHKUMS

A new study by Google shows what activities people do with their tablets: ”91% of the time that people spend on their tablet devices is for personal rather than work related activities. j.mp/tmsWGZ

Newspaper publishers are raving about Apple Newsstand, saying they have seen a drastic increase in app downloads since its Oct. 12 launch. j.mp/rWfUFo

As Maryland’s newspapers continue to struggle against the forces of the Internet for revenue, more are turning to charging readers to view their stories and other content on their websites. j.mp/vQpfGT

Usability expert Jakob Nielsen offers his insights on the Kindle Fire – and they’re not pretty. Kindle Fire’s ‘miserable’ magazine experience j.mp/sTkWaW 

Nearly half of smartphone users who used their phones for shopping during the month of September purchased digital products such as music, eBooks and video. j.mp/vFyheV

Newsday to hire 25 in digital expansion j.mp/rKXBiQ

The Chicago Sun-Times and its sister publications in the suburbs will start charging for online access, joining the ranks of newspapers looking for new online revenue sources. j.mp/sRQg44

New Software Helps Publishers Monetize Social Media j.mp/svoT92

MediaNews Group is introducing “digital-first Mondays” at six of its California newspapers, eliminating print editions at three of them. Balancing ‘digital first’ and paywall models j.mp/rvbdr2

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About Jeff Hartley

Career Newspaper Executive specializing in Consumer Revenue Growth-both print and digital. Social Media and Mobile Enthusiast. Frequent speaker on consumer revenue and print/digital audience growth.
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