Are Writers Powerless to Make a Living in the Digital Age?

In Editorial by Mike Springer

*+-• Jaron Lanier is the author of You Are Not a Gadget and “father of virtual reality” considers whether writers and “content” creators can make a living in the Digital Age. • Lanier argues against mashups and content fragmentation, saying, “economic incentives will be in favor of supporting individuals instead of . . . a collective vision.” Interview by Mike …

What are Digital Publishing’s “Durable Goods”?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

*+-By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story explains that for publishers to survive and thrive, they must focus their effort on producing content people are willing to pay for — by and large this means products that offer “sustainable value.” The term can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. My car, for example, offers me sustainable …

Starbucks Wi-Fi and the Future of Paid Content

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

*+-By Hannah Johnson Starbucks announced yesterday that it would provide free wireless Internet access in its stores across the United States starting on July 1. In addition, Starbucks will roll out “a new online customer experience called the Starbucks Digital Network” which gives customers free access to “exclusive content and previews, free downloads, local community news and activities” through its …