|02-10-2010, 04:20 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Device: Kindle 1 and DX, iPhone
TeleRead Sold to North American Publishing Company
|02-10-2010, 06:54 PM||#2|
Literacy = Understanding
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: The World of Books
Device: Sony PRS-950, Nook Tablet
But Paul Biba, the coeditor, will continue as editor-in-chief, as will several of the regular contributors like Chris Meadows, so we can expect Teleread to continue on with its mission and still be a great place for news and views about ebooks.
|02-10-2010, 07:14 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Device: Moon+ Pro
We can hope. Very few corporate acquisitions actually allow the acquired company to continue with its 'independent' mission-but this might be an exception. (Note that most acquisitions 'promise' that the acquired company will continue with whatever has made it worth acquiring, but hidden agendas usually sabotage that within a year or two, at most.)
|02-11-2010, 04:45 AM||#4|
Join Date: Apr 2009
Device: HTC touch Diamond, Ipaq 3115
Unfortunately the cynics in this case are merely being realists. If you think that there is any chance at all that TeleRead will not now be dancing to a different tune, you are far too generous, others would say naive. So sad, but then again, compared to MobileRead, TeleRead is, wasand always will be.... well, you know..... oh dang it, my mama always told me if you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all.
Oops, too late
|02-11-2010, 06:46 AM||#5|
Join Date: Oct 2002
Device: Sony PRS-650 / Nexus 7 / Kindle PW
I briefly talked to David Rothman yesterday to congratulate him. David has helped to shape the e-book world, and I will miss him dearly.
I wish David the greatest of health and all the best for his future endeavors.
|02-11-2010, 08:56 AM||#7|
Join Date: Jan 2006
A cursory examination of NAPCO suggests a strongly print-based organization (including the central subjects of many of their magazines), but also an ongoing effort to transition to digital media (many of those same magazines have digital counterparts on their website). They recognize that digital media is the future, and they are trying to address that.
And as they are magazine-based, maybe we will see an increasing dialogue regarding digital magazines, an area that has been poorly served in the past by sites like MR and TR, but with the ongoing development of display technology, may be poised to leap ahead soon.
NAPCO may well make changes to TR's essential focus, or possibly they will simply take advantage of the site to help promote their own material... we'll have to wait and see.
But in the meantime, congrats go to David, Paul, Chris, et al, for creating and maintaining the great site that is TeleRead.
|02-11-2010, 12:32 PM||#8|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Device: Kindle PW2, iPad Retina Mini, iPhone 4, MS Surface Pro
|02-11-2010, 09:42 PM||#9|
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Long Beach, CA
Device: Color Nook, Kindle 2, Palm III, eBookWise, HP Jornada
I agree with HarryT that we should celebrate the fact that blogs/forums discussing our industry are now worth money. Just a couple of years ago, I spent half my time arguing with people who thought nobody would ever want to read a book from a screen.
Whether TeleRead can survive this 'success' is something we'll have to see. It's true that acquisitions change the acquired but there have been examples where synergy worked. I will be interested in seeing how NAPCO tries to monitize their investment. I don't believe that the advertising it generates will pay many salaries.
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