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Cratejoy Launches Subscription-as-a-Service Software

Have an existing business and a loyal clientele? Cratejoy may just be what you need to take it to the next level. Cratejoy is an Austin, TX-based startup that just this week received $4 million in investor funding. It provides customers with a software platform to create and manage their own online subscription box service, […]

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Digital Magazine Latterly to Rely Solely on Subscription Revenue and Donations

“No ads. No clutter. Just stories.” That’s the promise of new subscription start-up Latterly, an organization devoted to quality, long-form journalism. With plans to launch in November 2014, Latterly says it will offer four journalistic, long-form narratives monthly about people who are either facing change or pushing for it with a focus on social justice, […]

Adapt or Die: FT Shares 4 Subscription Technology Lessons

Adapt or die. Like many traditional media companies, the Financial Times has had to evolve to meet its readers’ changing needs. It could no longer count on revenue from print subscriptions as they declined. Instead, FT had to address online competition head on, and adapt its subscription business model to be more nimble. FT CTO […]

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The New York Times Abandons Opinion App Subscriptions

In a surprise October 1st announcement, the New York Times told employees that they are planning to cut 100 newsroom jobs. A major reason cited for this cutback is the failure of NYT Opinion, a digital content app launched with much fanfare just this past June. So what went wrong in such a short amount […]

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Amazon Testing Alternative Payment Method in Germany

While the news about Amazon’s new Kindles, as well as the soon-to-come pre-installed Washington Post app, is making the headlines, a quiet move to “carrier billing” by Amazon in Germany may signal a bigger revolution in the card-not-present subscription billing arena. “Carrier billing” refers to the practice of allowing consumers to tack on digital purchases — […]

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Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited in the U.K. Amid Controversy

Avid readers in the U.K. can now get their Hunger Games fix on Kindle Unlimited, the latest launch by Amazon. Kindle Unlimited was first available only in the U.S., but has recently expanded to a U.K. reading audience. For £7.99 a month, subscribers can access an unlimited number of bestselling books including the Harry Potter […]

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Convenience Drives Mobile Subscription Sales, Particularly for Streaming Video On-Demand

In a July 2014 poll, 76% of smartphone owners and 55% of tablet owners have downloaded apps. Of those, 43% of mobile users paid a one-time cost for an app, according to a Harris Poll conducted for Branchfire, proving that consumers will pay for content delivered in convenient formats. The survey reported that 70% of […]

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BitTorrent Goes Mainstream and Launches Paywall for Thom Yorke’s New Album

Thom Yorke, the perpetually paranoid siren of all things technological and lead singer of British alternative-rock band Radiohead, last week released his second solo album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, exclusively for purchase on BitTorrent. This paywall introduction is a first for BitTorrent Inc, which is the corporate entity and public face of the immensely popular BitTorrent file-sharing platform. […]

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Air Force Times Launches Subscription App for $1.99/Month

Responding to an increase in mobile use by its military audience, The Air Force Times has introduced a new subscription app for smartphones and tablets. While the newspaper has been available online for some time, the introduction of the new app was part of an overall digital upgrade that will include a redesigned website. Vice […]

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‘Digital First’ FT Redesigns Print Edition to Engage Subscribers

After studying subscriber habits, the self-described “digital first” Financial Times launched a redesign of its newspaper last month to complement its online and mobile news products. Retaining the traditional salmon color and broadsheet format, FT refreshed the look of its front page, adding color graphics and a new typeface. With a primary focus on digital […]