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Publishers Fight Back With a Communal Digital Newsstand

Sun, 12/05/2010 - 12:27pm
New York Times

PARIS — With sales of newspapers and magazines flagging at the ornate kiosks that adorn the boulevards of Paris, French publishers hope that a planned “digital kiosk” can help revive their fortunes.

The publishers, representing eight of the leading dailies and weeklies in France, said last week that they had formed a consortium to manage the project, which aims to create a single online portal to sell the publications’ contents via the Web, mobile phones and tablet computers like the Apple iPad. Consumers could buy articles or subscriptions with a single click of a mouse once they had created an account.

“The idea is to put a value on online content,” said Frédéric Filloux, a former newspaper editor who is heading the project. “It’s a matter of survival for us.”

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