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GQ sees iPhone app numbers increase, could be a good sign

About two months ago, I brought up how GQ beginning to sell issues of its magazine as an Apple iPhone app. For $2.99, buyers would a digital version of the publication, as well as multimedia, video, audio and everything else that you can’t get with a print version.

And, now, Conde Nast, the company that owns GQ, released numbers on the first couple months of the experiment. For the December issue, the first month of the app, GQ sold 6,614 copies and roughly 12,000 copies of the January issue. After Apple’s 30 percent fee for selling an app, that comes out to be about $39,000 for the first two issues.

Yeah, not a lot, especially when GQ has more than 227,000 newsstand and 685,000 paid subscriptions.

Still, Conde Nast and other agencies see these numbers as an encouraging sell to the mobile reader. And with Apple’s tablet set to launch, well, any day now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see GQ’s numbers jump even more in February and for more magazine publications to start making the switch.

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Christmas Day reads

Merry Christmas, everybody. Not everyone of these has to do with journalism, but they’re good reads nonetheless. Enjoy the holiday!

That’s a lot, but they’re good. And then there’s this nice little compilation of 91 (and growing) journalism/newspaper/media/etc. blogs and websites. It might take me a while to tackle this list, but it’s always good to expand my reading:

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Working with Google

Not me, unfortunately, but newspapers.

I signed up for Google’s Living Stories and I really like what I see. There is a lot of potential and I thought it was really easy to follow. The main page isn’t all that appeasing, but once your inside a “living story,” things look good. One of my suggestions for lab project would be to spice up the main page, so stories have pictures and graphs accompanying them. Because for now, it just looks like a lot of text.

But Living Stories isn’t the only thing that Google recently launched. There is another Google Lab project, Fast Flip. It’s a lot more appealing than Living Stories, but it doesn’t offer the features of following an evolving story. Still, if you check out the page on Fast Flip, you can see how it allows readers/users to easily pick and choose which story they want to read, and from which publication.

Fast Flip started out with 39 news organizations and recently expanded to 55. What’s great about Fast Flip is how advertising works — and to me, it’s a sign that the times are getting better. The project uses a revenue sharing model, where news partners will share the revenue earned from relevant ads.

So instead of hating Google, newspapers should work with the Internet giant, and Google should work with them. After all, it looks like they want to:

Our goal is to work with the industry to help it continue to innovate and build bigger audiences, better engage those audiences and generate more revenue. We’re looking forward to innovating and iterating with all these new partners in Fast Flip.

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Newspapers and “beating” the internet

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. At least that’s why newspapers should’ve done about 10 years ago, but that’s besides the point. In case you didn’t see, Google announced that it’s going to work with the New York Times and Washington Post to help the struggling industry (via OJB).

It’s something called “Living Stories” and it will basically make things easier for users to follow along with different news stories. Each story will be categorized, listed and updated appropriately so anybody who wants to follow an evolving story can do so. Check this out:

Currently, it’s just a Google Lab project. But we all know that means it will soon become a normal, everyday occurrence. If this is something that actually comes together, it’d be great for both newspapers and Google.

It’s also funny that while Rupert Murdoch takes shots at Google, some newspapers are working with Google.

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Overheard in the newsroom

This is a funny site that one of the editors at the Pitt News found: Overheard In the Newsroom

A few of my favorites…

Editor to young Intern: “We’re short on news today. I want you to go down Main Street and if more than 3 homeless people ask you for money, write something on the homelessness issue in this city.”

Reporter responding to e-mail announcing an upcoming technology upgrade: “Good, we’re only six years behind now.

Editor: “Did you see this? A breast-feeding mother fell asleep and smothered her 4-year-old child.”

Photographer: “That’s how I want to go.”

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