Changing content industry structures. The case of digital newspapers an ePaper mobile devices

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Abstract

The proposed paper analyses the changes in business models employed by the stakeholders in the newspaper value network, in the context of a new type of electronic reading device, the ePaper. This PDA like device uses a new high contrast, lowpower screen technology (eInk), which holds the promise of a digital and mobile reading experience close to that of real paper. The potential impact of massive digitally distributed reading content ,newspapers, but also magazines, books, and all other material previously printed on paper on the traditional publiushing value chain and its different constituent actors could be signficant. For example, content aggregation roles already greatly dispersed by the internet could move further away from the traditional newspaper publishers; using logging data and RSS feeds on the device, newspaper advertising could become personalised and interactive; for newspaper publishers, production and distribution costs could go down and updated content could be sent to the device whenever needed etc. This paper is based on a large scale research project in Flanders/Belgium, which has brought together a device manufacturer, a financial newspaper publisher, a telecoms incumbent and several technological and social science research groups from Flemish universities. To complement the technological development and an extensive field trial with near market devices, the authors analysed how this new technology might transform the traditional publishing value chain, what the strategic options of the different actors are, and what scenarios are possible and likely to occur in the development of ePaper publishing. To do this, they m,ake use of the theoretical framework for business model analysis. Using literature study as well as empirical data (i.e. face to face interviews with important stakeholders from the newspaper and book publishing sectors), a number of scenarios for the redefinition of roles are outlined. The authors come to the conclusion that the choice for an open versus a closed architecture, along with the technological roadmap of the device, will be crucial in establishing a valid business model for ePaper. In this paper we complement the scenario study with information on the first commercial trials and products using electronic eInk based reading devices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationELPUB2007. Openness in Digital Publishing: Awareness, Discovery and Access - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Electronic Publishing held in Vienna, Austria 13-15 June 2007
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherÖsterreichischer Kunst- und Kulturverlag
Pages53-64
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-3-85437-292-9
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • digital ink
  • mobile devices
  • electronic newspaper
  • digital newspaper

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