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This is what happens when publicists send us books and galleys hoping for reviews and then a hurricane renders us homeless for two weeks. This is what happens.
[Photos by deputy books editor Jimmy So]
The future of the tabloids’ print editions: things you’ve already seen on the Internet! Didn’t expect them to be so brutally honest.
82 Cover Ideas in 7 Days. Just another week at Newsweek. 1 week and 4 stories to generate covers from: Europe on Fire, Mitt Romney & Mormonism, OBL’s Dr. Betrayed and the Digital 100 Power Index. Along with our own sketches and ideas, we enlisted 6 other agencies/illustrators to churn out some ideas: Dress Code, Timothy Goodman, Ben Wiseman, R. Kikuo Johnson, ILOVEDUST and Carl De Torres. In the end? 82 Cover ideas. Go ahead. Count ‘em.
Huge ups to Art Director Lindsay Ballant who carried most the weight!
Our creative director just published what might be our favorite Newsweek-related post of all time. Gimme this on a poster. Stat! (Related: Follow Dirk’s tumblr!)
From ‘Publishers Should Beware the iPad,’ in which he discusses the common perception among publishers that the iPad will save everything because it will allow them to continue using the only business model they understand: We make things, you pay to look at them, we sell your attention to advertisers:
The first problem with the publishers’ fantasy, which I realized only when I spent some time with my iPad over the past week, is that you don’t need those cute little apps to read newspapers and magazines. On the tiny iPhone screen, apps bring real advantages. The iPad display, by contrast, is big, bright, and beautiful. The Safari browser is a great way to read any publication on the device, as long as you have a good Wi-Fi connection.
Those exorbitantly priced first-gen iPad apps offered by magazines like Vanity Fair and Time are attempts to revive the anachronism of turning pages. They’re claustrophobic walled gardens within Apple’s walled garden, lacking the basic functionality we now expect with electronic journalism: commenting, the integration of social media, or even the most basic links to other sources. Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, brutally describes them as “a step back to the era of CD-ROMs.”