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Bonus CD Tracks -- and Beaming Papers Far Afield

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Bonus CD Tracks -- and Beaming Papers Far Afield

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Newsstand and Cold North Wind aren't the only players in the digital periodical publishing business.

The Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal is planning a digital edition this fall using its own proprietary software. But it has already begun sales of the paper on a CD-ROM version for 25 cents. The CD contains the newspaper, plus what used to be known in the music industry as "bonus tracks." In this case, for example, while the newspaper may only have room for one photo from last night's Cleveland Indians game, the CD might contain half a dozen or more pictures of the same game.

Israel-born Olive Software Inc., which is digitizing the archives of the British Museum, is talking to numerous papers worldwide about its ActivePaper Daily and ActivePaper Archive Web-based software. Qiosk.com's qMags, meanwhile, is focusing on electronic editions of printed magazines, using a customized version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Also up and running is The Philadelphia Inquirer's new Internet- delivered print version, produced by NewspaperDirect. …

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