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Publishing Consultant Richard Nash Talks Paying For Online Content On The Menu: Focus On Creating Community


Today on the Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven talk today’s media headlines with publishing consultant Richard Nash.

The guys discussed recent allegations of cell phone hacking against Rupert Murdoch‘s British papers and the possibility that The New York Times might charge for access to its Web site.

“The question is less what they’re going to charge and more how are they going to reconceptualize what they are going to offer,” Nash said of the Times. “I’m skeptical that the future involves payment for raw content. It’s just too easy to find the raw content somewhere else…To me, it seems like the Times has to focus less on what the price is and more how are they going to let people interact with the content and interact with one another. How are they going to create community online.”

And in discussing how media companies, publishers and advertising agencies are trying to create community, the subject of Twitter inevitably came up. Nash revealed that, while speaking at Book Expo earlier this year, he had said, “Twitter will not save publishing.” ”

“That was the most live-Tweeted comment I made,” he said. “Then a week later it occurred to me that Twitter also needs to figure out its own damn business model. And what’s going to keep people Tweeting?” After thinking on it, a few weeks later Nash announced at the 140 conference, “Books will save Twitter.”

“Obviously that was said kind of for the sake of provocation,” he said. “But it hints at something that I think is meaningful, which is that tools are only as good as what we use them to do. And if they’re not allowing us to do something better, or faster, or more conveniently or more dynamically, then we’re not going to use them…Twitter is allowing us to talk about things that are important to us.”

Also discussed: the future of the Kindle — a “transitional technology,” Nash said.

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LAT FOB: Publishing 3.0 Panel

The Publishing 3.0 panel was moderated by the LAT’s David L. Ulin. Panelists were Sara Nelson formerly of Publisher’s Weekly, publisher Richard Nash, founders Otis Chandler and Vromans’ blogger Patrick Brown.

First off, Nash clad in a tie, sporting a British accent, speaks only in sound bites. It’s kind of awesome.

When talking about the media meltdown crisis. “Writing and reading are doing just fine.” Which met applause. “It’s the intermediaries that get these two together [that are struggling].” And,”The 20th century was about supply and the 21st century is about demand.”

Nelson, whom we last saw at BEA hosting the Lewis Black fundraiser concert, agreed with Nash,”The supply chain is broken.” She added,”In 20 years of covering the publishing industry every year someone will say, ‘Last year was the golden era of publishing’.”

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More Layoffs At Publishers Weekly

publishers-weekly-logo.gifPublishers Weekly suffered a painful round of cuts in January that included editor-in-chief Sara Nelson. Yesterday the magazine lost three more- managing editor Robin Lenz, associate editor Craig Morgan Teicher; and senior editor Dermot McEvoy. The layoffs were part of the 7% company-wide downsizing by parent company Reed Business Information, which also owns Variety.

On the LAT’s book blog Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellog examines the upheaval at the book industry trade magazine.

The publishing industry may be smaller, but it’s facing challenges that are even more complex than Hollywood’s, what with questions of electronic publishing, e-readers, declining readership and inefficient models of distribution.

“The publishing industry needs an on- and offline forum where it can confer about strategy and direction,” said Richard Nash, former publisher of Soft Skull Press. “But it doesn’t appear as if [Publishers Weekly] is going to supply those needs.”

With these layoffs, Publishers Weekly has lost some very Web-savvy staff, particularly associate editor Craig Teicher. He was a go-to guy for electronic publishing and the Web; as a bonus, he also covered poetry. Firing him, Nash says, “does seem like a counterproductive development.” The staff cuts throw the company’s commitment to new media into question.