Web Sites vs. Digital Editions: A False Competition

We received nice coverage this week in Online Journalism Review‘s story about newspaper digital editions.

The only thing we’d change is to note we haven’t ‘worked with all the major digital-edition vendors’ and hadn’t said that. We work for the publishers, not the vendors. The only digital edition vendor we’ve ever consulted to was the original PressPoint, which invented digital edition technologies in 1996. We worked for PressPoint onsite at its New York City headquarters three days each week during 1999-2001.

An item of interest in the OJR article was news that the Gazette.com in Colorado Springs already has 1,580 paying subscribers to its digital edition. The story quotes its content director saying, “Our circulation people are just ecstatic about the numbers,” which are tipping the paper