This Week’s Headlines: Google Glasses, Gannett Puts up Paywall

This week, journalists were buzzing about the Google glasses, which will be available later this year, according to the New York Times. It may sound like something of a cool sci fi novel, but as NPR reports below, there are a few potential drawbacks. Meanwhile, the Independent Publishers Group is in a dispute with Amazon and Gannett announced plans to charge for online content.

  • Update: Amazon Yanks 5,000 Kindle Titles In Fight Over Terms: Independent Publishers Group (IPG), a Chicago-based book, has refused Amazon’s demands for better terms, prompting Amazon to turn off the buy button on almost 5,000 Kindle titles. Can IPG maintain this stance long-term? Time will tell.
  • It’s a trend: Newspaper buildings are worth selling: Although newspapers themselves are struggling to demonstrate their value in an increasingly digital world, several newspaper buildings have recently changed hands, and many web content writers are shifting gears. As Poynter reports, The Seattle Times and Des Moines Register are considering sales, while The Athens Banner-Herald and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram have already sold buildings.
  • Gannett to charge for online content: The publisher of community newspapers announced plans to start charging for online digital content. The new paid subscription model is expected to bring in $100 million a year beginning in 2013. Other publishers have had mixed results with paid subscription models, so we’ll be curious how this one plays out.
  • Google Glasses: Frightening Or Fantastic?: Although it sounds cool in theory, some worry that the new Google glasses, which will “stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time,” according to the New York Times, could create safety and privacy issues.

What journalism or media news was on your mind this week? Leave a comment and let us know!

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About Susan Johnston

Susan Johnston is a Boston-based freelance writer whose work appears in Bankrate.com, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, MediaBistro.com, Parade Magazine, and SELF, among other places. She is the author of The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets and blogs at The Urban Muse.

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