Murdoch toys with idea of Kindle-like reader
Where will the mogul strike next? Doesn’t seem like he’s yearning right now for The New York Times, which is doing battle with a guild that doesn’t want to give up lifetime job guarantees of 190-odd Boston Globe staffers.
Instead, New York Post’s Peter Lauria reports, Rupert Murdoch has set his sights on building a Kindle-like device that will deliver content from News Corp publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London and the NY Post. The device would also offer content from TV shows and movies that come from the News Corp stable. Murdoch sees it as a way of charging for content on the Web, rather than giving it away free as much of the publishing industry has (which, needless to say, is a big source of current troubles).
The global team assembled for this purpose consists of Murdoch himself, son James, Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton and News Corp’s new chief of digital operations, Jonathan Miller, the paper says.
Maybe Murdoch will show the struggling newspaper industry the way out of the morass. Keep an eye on:
- Someone’s going to buy Twitter one of these days. Kara Swisher lays it out. (All Things Digital)
- After two days of rumors, the big-screen Kindle is coming today. (Silicon Alley Insider)
- Journalism confabs and banquets are being canceled due to the recession. (Forbes)