Barnes & Noble has continued its quest to stock the shelves of United Kingdom bookstores with Nooks, by adding Argos, Blackwell's and Foyles to the list of where you can get one. Those retailers will join John Lewis in carrying the Nook Simple Touch and its Glow Light-toting cousin, giving UK'ers nearly a thousand bricks and mortar sites to get one -- including bookstores at 55 colleges and universities. Those locations will join Barnes & Nobles recently launched online website in selling the e-readers -- but if you like to Touch before buying, the PR is after the break.
Deutsche Telekom in Germany will in October launch a mobile service with bundled Spotify Premium account for EUR30 per month. Later, it will make Spotify Premium available as an optional extra for EUR10 per month. This is a great deal for Spotify, which launched in Germany early in 2012. Customers will be billed through their Deutsche Telekom subscriptions. That will reduce Spotify's friction and ease its customer acquisition.
Amazon will retain the Appstore for Android brand for its new U.K. store--in Germany, France and Italy, the brand will give way to "App-Shop," and the Spanish outlet will operate as "Tienda Apps." All stores open today, complete with localized content and promotions alongside signature features like the Free App of the Day program, customer reviews and one-click payments.
Long-form non-fiction publisher and software developer the Atavist is also working on new software which enables individuals to produce their own digital stories. The software is currently in beta testing and testers can currently publish for free, both to the web and also to the new Atavist Create app. The Atavist is hoping to release a consumer version by the end of the year.
Digital will take a 15.3% share of the global ad market this year to become the second largest medium, overtaking newspapers at 14.4%, according to Carat's latest ad spend forecast. The latest prediction is a revision from Carat's March forecast, which tipped digital to take a 14.5% share of the ad market this year and newspapers 15%. The agency had originally forecast the crossing point to be in 2013. Television will maintain the greatest share of global ad spend in 2012 at 46.0%, followed by digital (15.3%), newspapers (14.4%) and magazines (9.4%).
Lord Mandelson said he believes Prince Harry's privacy was breached by the photos but the real issue is the lack of regulation of the internet. "The bigger question is how the domestic media market can be made economic and subject to any form of regulation in an era when, a click away, there is access to information that respects no national boundaries and the laws of no single national parliament or the basic standards of conventional journalism," he wrote in a letter to the Financial Times.
YouTube is to launch sports rights agency MP & Silva's online sports channel Love Football on the online video platform in partnership with digital specialist Rightster. Love Football will offer highlights from Italy's Serie A, France's Ligue 1, US.Major League Soccer, Brazil's Serie A and the Championship, FA Cup and Capital One Cup from England.
di@FootballAgent49 had attracted over 38,000 followers since setting up the account and often had his transfer rumours retweeted by fans hundreds of times. "I am writing to tell you that, no, I am not a 'Football Agent' or 'ITK.' I am in fact an 18-year-old and I have been fooling all of you gullible idiots with my fake stories for the past 2 months," he admitted. "I'm proud to say that I haven't had even one transfer scoop in my time yet people still say I'm more reliable than Sky Sports News and the BBC. Laughable."
It had a print circulation of 78,984 with a daily total web 'browsers' total of 99,042. This combined print and online figure of 178,026 compares with a figure of just over 151,000 for both the Express and Star and the Liverpool Echo. Press Gazette's combined table for the top ten print titles shows that in most cases online growth is balancing print decline. The exceptions are the Glasgow Evening Times, where both print and online are down, and the Leicester Mercury which has seen relatively slow online readership growth of 4.6% year on year.
Although Facebook currently remains the dominant social media channel, Twitter marketing will experience the largest growth in public loyalty in the coming year. Over a fifth of Brits (22%) have visited the Facebook page of a company they are loyal to in the past six months. In comparison, only 8% of people questioned had followed a brand they felt loyal to on Twitter. However, this number could double in the next year, with more people saying they will follow a company they feel loyalty to on Twitter in the next 12 months.