WSJ: Google may launch digital newsstand

The Wall Street Journal
Google may build a digital newsstand for Android to compete with a similar service offered by Apple via its iTunes store.

Russell Adams and Jessica Vascellaro report Google has discussed the project with several major publishers including Time Inc., Condé Nast and Hearst. Those three companies are also among the early backers of the Next Issue Media coalition that is expected to launch an independent smart phone and tablet newsstand early this year. It is unclear how, or if, the two initiatives are related.

According to Adams and Vascellaro, Google is proposing terms that are more publisher-friendly than those currently offered by Apple, including lower fees and access to customer information.

Last month, Ken Doctor reported Apple was planning to modify its own newsstand policies to allow recurring subscriptions and increased sharing of customer data. Adams and Vascellaro write that, under Apple’s plan, subscriber information would be shared on an “opt-in” basis, meaning publishers, by default, would not have access.

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  • Anonymous

    Ahh, sounds good to someone, at least which would be great for publisher’s if a screen size standard emerges for Android tablets. So far it seems 7″ tablets are the norm on Android which would be fine for “replica” editions but doesn’t lend itself well to interactive Wired style magazines.
    Actually I think competition is good! And many people might think Apple is arrogant, but have to admit it have great products and even better customer service. What’s more I do not care about the “personality” of a corporation, I simply use its products if they are good. I think many folks may do same as me. So I will stick with Apple iPad, and maybe guys need to understand iPad more:

    Return to the topic, overall, I bet some people will use this.