April 4, 2005, Monday
E-Commerce Report; Now that credit card companies won't handle online tobacco sales,
many merchants are calling it quits.
ABSTRACT - Scores of Internet cigarette merchanges, crippled by decision of credit card
companies to stop accepting payment for tobacco products bought online, are either limping along or have shut down; card companies
were told by coalition of states and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms that virtually all such sales were illegal; some
online merchants say they were wrongfully singled out by authorities.
April 11, 2005, Monday
E-Commerce Report; Amazon.com, already a proven bookseller, expands into publishing original
work with the purchase of BookSurge.
ABSTRACT - Amazon.com's recent purchase of BookSurge, on-demand book printing business that relies on Internet technology to
print few copies at a time, discussed; Amazon seems good match for company's self-published authors; company says its software
automates printing process to point where even single-copy orders are profitable, even though book's final price is comparable
to books produced through traditional means; drop in cost and improvement in publishing has made self-publishing more acceptable
to authors, whose chances of distributing books has improved as result of Internet.
April 26, 2005, Tuesday
THE MEDIA BUSINESS: ADVERTISING; Newspapers Find National Ads
a Tough Sell
ABSTRACT - Many
newspapers have been ailing as readers defect to other sources of news and advertisers seek new ways to attract potential
customers; biggest challenge comes from Web sites and search engines like Google and Yahoo; newspaper Web sites still benefit
from classifieds and other ads that once belonged almost solely to newspapers; their ad revenue pales in comparison with that
of big Internet search engines and portals; recent financial results suggest that big newspapers are suffering more than smaller
ones; Dow Jones says ad revenue at domestic and international print publications, including Wall Street Journal, fell 10.8
percent during first quarter compared with year earlier; New York Times says ad revenue rose 0.8 percent at unit that includes
New York Times, New York Times on the Web and International Herald Tribune; but ad revenue at its regional media group, which
includes newspapers like Tuscaloosa News in Alabama and The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, Calif, increased 7.2 percent; companies
that own primarily small or midsize newspapers reported better results on whole; ad figures for Knight Ridder, Tribune Co,
Lee Enterprises and Gannett, which publishes USA Today, noted; New York Times president-chief executive Janet L Robinson says
big newspapers could fight their way out of slump; chart.