Make your websites accessible for the disabled — or break the law

Corporate communicators have a legal requirement to make their content accessible by disabled people. One in five of the population has some type of disability. If your website cannot be used by them then you are potentially missing out a good 20% of your potential market. 4 tests The World Wide Web Consortium, 3w.org, has Read More

I can see the light, but the tunnel keeps getting longer…

I read only last week that a venerable Scandinavian research institute had deduced (after a mega bout of data crunching and munching that I can only imagine) that: “90% of ALL the data ever produced by humanity has been created in the last two years.” Wow, I thought. That’s what I call exponential… We all Read More

World music sales up for first time since 1999

The record industry has turned around after 13 years of decline.  Global record sales grew 0.3% in 2012 by value, says the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). A small growth but at least growth.  Sales of digital products are up 9% on 2011. Strategy The global industry has adopted the strategy of: Attacking Read More

Social media puts reformers at risk

Two pieces of news this week show that social media is not such a liberating force as we had hoped. A Facebook user in Iran has, it seems, been killed by Iranian security forces for his entries; and A social media commentator in Bahrain has been jailed for offensive remarks about the regime. I am Read More

Tablets show how to make digital customers pay

The UK magazine industry leads the world in putting its content on tablets, says Mark Wood, CEO of Future Publishing. Future is selling “10s of 1,000s” of magazines on tablets worldwide, he says. Found the model? He thinks magazine publishers have found the way to get people to pay for content online by delivering to Read More

UBM: good numbers and strong words

There are good numbers and strong words from UMB this week.  The good numbers are in the annual results: Revenue up 9.3%; Margins up 20.8% from 19.3%; More revenue from China than Europe; The strong words are from David Levin, chief executive since 2005, in The Daily Telegraph speaking before the results were out. Software Read More

Yell has a plan: is it enough?

Yell is a textbook case of the current times in publishing.  Its poor results this week are a combination of risky acquisitions, mountains of debt and, yes, the flood of free information on the Internet. As long as yellow pages contained the only source of information for that plumber, that pizza joint and that dentist, Read More

EU probes e-book publishers and Apple

The EU is to formally investigate whether Apple and 5 European publishers are gouging the e-book market.  Have they conspired to set prices and so rig the market, is the question. E-books more expensive than paper  E-books are more expensive than paper editions, much to the surprise of many experts.  Manufacture and distribution of paper Read More

Tablets look like magazines

A slew of surveys on the use of tablets shows this vital media is: For domestic use and not gaining much ground in business; Has different patterns of use depending where you are between games, news retrieval, reading, and social networking; and Is used for over an hour a day for the minority of users Read More