Much has been written and discussed about the recent innovation report written for The New York Times (available here via the Nieman Journalism Lab). Frédéric Filloux, in his latest Monday Note, parses the data to determine that the Times could actually yield a profit without the printed edition. He looks at the revenue and expenses of the operation, but raises the important question: Would advertisers come along to a digital-only Times?
Yesterday we caught up to the ugly dispute between Amazon and Hachette over its distribution contract. The upshot is that Amazon is holding back Hachette titles, making pre-orders unavailable, and generally kneecapping the publisher. The New York Times reports that Amazon is also holding up backlisted titles in Germany with the Bonnier publishing house. Bloomberg notes today that Hachette is apologizing, not to Amazon but to its writers about Amazon.
The firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times remains a riddle due to conflicting accounts of what was the last straw. Ken Auletta, the veteran media writer for The New Yorker, has written four pieces now on the issue and his latest largely throws up its hands and wonders who knows. Still, he digs into whatever he can, notably without Abramson or successor Dean Baquet in the discussion.