Why Apple’s Newsstand isn’t working out as hoped for ‘The Magazine’

When Marco Arment created The Magazine in October of last year, it caused a splash as one of the first independent publications that chose to publish exclusively on Apple’s Newsstand platform for the iPad and iPhone. Now, Glenn Fleishman, the Seattle-based journalist and entrepreneur who bought the publication from Arment earlier this year, is working… Read More


Amazon debuts weekly literary journal and it has Jeff Bezos’ influence written all over it

Amazon is making another move into the publishing space today with the announcement of its own weekly literary journal that will feature one short fiction piece and one poem per week. Called “Day One,” it sure seems like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had a little something to do with this new product. First of all, “Day One,” is… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Glenn Fleishman on new iPhones, The Magazine and more

Joining us this week on the GeekWire radio show: Glenn Fleishman, the longtime Seattle-based technology journalist, veteran Apple watcher, and editor/publisher of The Magazine, the popular subscription-based publication for iOS and the web. [Listen above or download the show directly via this MP3 file.] We get Glenn’s take on the new iPhones announced by Apple… Read More


Kim Thompson, 1956-2013: Fantagraphics co-publisher helped shape the comic book industry

Kim Thompson, the pioneering comics publisher who along with Gary Groth helped define the comics book industry though their Fantagraphics publishing house, has died of lung cancer at the age of 56. “Kim leaves an enormous legacy behind him,” said Groth, who worked alongside Thompson for 36 years. “Not just all the European graphic novels… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Zoomstra helps authors turn content into interactive workbooks

Zoomstra wants to re-invent the way people publish and distribute marketing materials and books, allowing authors to add multi-media elements, Web content and detailed instructions in the form of interactive workbooks. The year-old company, which employs four people, recently launched its zWorkbooks publishing platform. “With zWorkbooks, these experts can easily turn their content and knowledge… Read More


New Village Voice owner distances alt weeklies from Backpage.com

Late yesterday a new holding group, Voice Media Group, announced it would purchase the media properties of Village Voice Media Holdings, owners of alt-weekiles such as the Village Voice, LA Weekly and Seattle Weekly, as well as the free classified service Backpage.com. While the new group will take all existing newspapers and their online counterparts, Backpage has… Read More


Amazon.com buys rights to 3,000 romance, mystery and western book titles

Amazon.com continues to gobble up book titles, this time sealing deal for some 3,000 backlist titles from Avalon Books in the romance, mystery and western genres. The deal, terms of which weren’t disclosed, follows the company’s purchase late last year of 450 children’s book titles from Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books. Founded in 1950, Avalon’s writers have… Read More


Parenting magazine’s little Steve Jobs: Cute or creepy?

At first I laughed when I saw the cover of the newly arrived Parenting on my desk last night, featuring a young boy in a faux black turtleneck, wireless glasses and the classic Steve Jobs pose. The picture accompanies the February 2012 “Genius Issue,” including tips on raising “the next Steve Jobs.” But the more… Read More

Nancy Pearl

Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl to publish out-of-print books with help from Amazon.com

Nancy Pearl is perhaps the only celebrity librarian that we know of, regularly appearing on National Public Radio and immortalized with her very own action figure. Now, the Seattle librarian and author of the best-seller “Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason” is looking to bring some of her favorite out-of-print book titles… Read More


Madrona, Amazon and others pump $10 million into online ad analyzer Yieldex

Madrona Venture Group and Amazon.com are among the backers in a $10 million round for Yieldex, a New York-based company that helps online publishers increase revenue by providing inventory analysis, forecasting and pricing. New investors in the round include Triangle Peak Partners and Hearst Interactive Media, the digital arm of the New York publishing giant. Total… Read More

New smile buttons will appear on Cheezburger posts

Introducing Smile Tagging: A new social media ‘brand experiment’ from Kraft and Cheezburger

Sharing on Facebook and Twitter was so two months ago. Now, get ready for “smile tagging” — courtesy of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and the folks at Cheezburger Network. Beginning Thursday, a new “smile tag” button will be added right next to the Tweet and Facebook Like buttons on Cheezburger’s network of comedy sites. What’s smile… Read More

Tina Brown makes a rare Seattle appearance

Tina Brown of The Daily Beast roars into Seattle

Seattle’s digerati turned out in full force at The Bagley and Virginia Wright Gallery Sunday night to hobnob with Tina Brown, the legendary former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Brown was in town to promote her latest and, perhaps, most ambitious media experiment to date: merging an old-media brand (Newsweek) with a… Read More