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Newsbooks

Teleread had an item yesterday about Digital Newsbooks, newspapers’ multi-part series conveniently repackaged as ebooks for $4.95. It’s an interesting idea, and I’m curious to see if they’re able to make money. I know I’ve gone back and read these sorts of series after they ended, and if they were convenient and easy to access, I know I might be willing to pay a fee for them. Newspapers are eager for new ways to make money, and if this allows them to continue or increase their investigative journalism, I’m all for it. And, a successful newsbook could be a signal that a longer, book-length treatment would have an audience. I’ll be keeping my eye on this.

-Michael

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