Subscriptions On The Rise For Some Publishers

Lotus staged a technical press workshop for small groups of journalists invited to its Sterling Heights, Michigan offices earlier this month. Frank Sheronsky, a veteran automotive engineer, was among them and he provided Torque News with an insightful summary of some intense one-on-one sessions as well as photos and footage. For the report, go to:

Dave Morgan reports in Online Media that there will be a projected 350 million computer-driven Internet connected televisions in the world by 2015.Which he says will mean more content choices, more a la carte programming and a shortage of quality video content. (Good news for writers). . . Matt Straz in Online Spin predicts that next year Social TV will get hot and Magazines will go tablet. Time, Inc. has already announced all 21 of its U.S. titles will be available on tablets in 2012.

Wooden Horse News reports “Apple’s Newsstand, a feature that is included in Apple’s new iOS 5 operating system for its iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch gadgets, has sent publishers swooning. Conde Nast (VOGUE*, GQ*, GOLF DIGEST*) announced a 268% spike in subscriptions since the Newsstand launched. Publisher Hearst (WOMAN’S DAY*, ELLE*, CAR AND DRIVER*) has seen a 10-fold increase from September last year. The new nail biters are whether ad sales will follow and if the enthusiasm will last.” . . . AOL and Huffington Post don’t have to pay their bloggers, a US District judge ruled Friday, according to the Associated Press, and dismissed the lawsuit filed against them by Jonathan Tasini and other bloggers. The bloggers knew from the start they wouldn’t be paid, the judge declared, and could have taken their work elsewhere.