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Jonathan Franzen's New Yorker Piece Hides Behind a Facebook Like Wall

Jonathan Franzen has a new piece in The New Yorker, but you'll have to become a fan of the magazine on Facebook if you want to read the whole thing. Taking its cue from the likes of Lil Wayne and Jennifer Lopez, The New Yorker has published Franzen's piece exclusively on its Facebook page in an effort to engage readers on the social network. The essay covers Franzen's trip to the island of...

Man Scams Condé Nast Out of $8 Million With a Single E-mail

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Condé Nast after a scammer named Andy Surface swindled the company out of $8 million. Posing as a rep from printing company Quad/Graphics Inc., Surface sent an electronic payment form to Condé Nast in early November, asking the company to wire future payments to his account in Texas. Condé complied, but...

Google Launches 'Think Quarterly' Magazine for U.K. Partners and Data Nerds

Google is getting in on the magazine game. (Sorta.) The company's U.K. arm just published the first issue of Think Quarterly, which the company bills as "breathing space in a busy world... a place to take time out and consider what's happening and why it matters." The 60-page mag was sent to a small selection of Google partners and advertisers in the U.K., but anyone can read it online. The...

iPad Magazines Encourage 'Exploration,' May Be a Boon to Advertisers

With print media on the decline, many publishers were counting on tablets like the iPad to usher in a new era of interactive media, which would potentially save magazines from obsolescence and extinction. But a new study by Bonnier (the home of publications such as Popular Science and Field & Stream) and advertising firm CP&B has discovered what some might consider a serious problem:...

Playboy Is Coming to the iPad, And It Won't Be Censored

Apple may have a strict and widely ridiculed policy on keeping "adult" material out of its App Store, but it's apparently willing to make an exception for Playboy. Yesterday, Playboy founder and world's greatest granddad Hugh Hefner cheerfully announced that his gentleman's magazine will soon be available on the iPad, in its entirety. "Big news! Playboy--both old & new--will be available on...

Amazon to Finally Let You Lend Kindle Books to Friends

Kindle-wielding bibliophiles will soon be able to share their favorite books with their literary friends, thanks to a new book lending policy that Amazon announced on Friday. As TechCrunch explains, the new policy will allow readers to lend out their e-books to other Kindle users, who will be allowed 14 days of alone time with the lender's publication of choice. There are, however, some catches....

The New Yorker for iPad: Finally, A Magazine Goes Digital and Stays True to Itself

Hey Condé Nast! Did someone hear our plaintive cries about your app ventures? Because we're happy to report that 'The New Yorker' iPad app, released today, resoundingly does not suck. Well, it's got some issues (of which the editors seem to be aware), but we'll save those for last. We were worried when we heard that The New Yorker was coming to iPad, because it's a medium that is simply...

Everything Recurs: Sameness and the 'Magazining' of Web Content

Choire Sicha at The Awl is NOT pleased with what he calls "the magazining" of the Web. He points to Anthony De Rosa's observation that the redesigned New York Times opinion page looks remarkably similar to Gawker's beta homepage. (We feel compelled to point out that 'The Opinion Pages,' as they're called, look more like an evolution of the already magazine-y New York Times Magazine page.) "Is...

Sports Illustrated iPad Edition Lands, Runs You $4.99 an Issue

Sports fans can now keep track of their favorite teams with a new iPad application. According to The New York Times, Time Inc. recently launched its official Sports Illustrated iPad app, which includes all the content found in the print magazine plus extra digital content. A new issue is available each Wednesday for $4.99 (the same price as the Wired app), and takes about four minutes to download....

Ready for the iPad Magazine Revolution? It Won't Come Cheap

Maybe you remember this guy named Steve Jobs who was all like, "I've got this new device and it's magical and revolutionary." The iPad will save the print industry, Jobs told us, because all of the world's gasping magazine publishers will hop on the third-device bandwagon, and save long-form journalism and glossy celebrity gossip. You'll be able to walk around with a year's worth of magazine...

Journalists Start '48 HR' Magazine, CBS Cries Foul

What began as an innocent bar-room hypothetical conversation soon became a reality -- and now, it's become the centerpiece of a brewing legal storm. Back in April, journalists Matthew Honan, Sarah Rich and Alexis Madrigal were drinking together at a San Francisco bar, when they suddenly found themselves wondering about whether it'd be possible to start a new magazine over the course of a...

Vanity Fail: Why We Hated Condé Nast's New iPad Edition

Readers, we should've been prepared for disappointment. After expectations for the iPad had run so high that there was veritable anger from the tech world when the limitations of the device were announced, we should've known that we ought to lower the bar for Condé Nast's digital editions. The iPad version of Vanity Fair just debuted, and we spent a little hands-on time with the app, trying...

The Smoking Jacket, Playboy's New Site, Is Strangely Safe for Work

Playboy, which has somehow (mostly) defied the magazine apocalypse facing the rest of the print industry, has just announced a new site called The Smoking Jacket that will feature "safe for work" content. We presume that means nipples will get a cover-up via leather and/or lace, but that bosoms won't fail to appear entirely on the site -- an obvious bid to recapture the young male audience stolen...

Web Blows Past Magazines in Ad Spending

The Internet, never one to hold back from kicking someone while they're down, has eclipsed magazines when it comes to ad spending. Companies in 2009 set aside more of their marketing budget for Web-based advertisements than they did for those in the glossy tomes on magazine racks. According to ZenithOptimedia, magazine ad sales took a nose dive from $23.7 billion in 2008 to $19.5 billion in...

Rolling Stone Redesigns, Puts Decades of Archives Online (for a Fee)

After covering everything from The Beatles' invasion of America to Lil' Wayne's rise to hip-hop royalty, Rolling Stone is now offering 43 years' worth of published material on its Web site -- for a price, of course. That's every issue ever printed of the legendary magazine at your fingertips, amounting to a digital roadmap of music's journey from the blues to rock-and-roll and beyond. This "All...