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Digital Publishing Business News: Economist Value Yields Interesting Lessons

The digital publishing business gets more and more interesting by the week. Time Inc. digital investments and innovations have been relentless; recent personnel changes from Ogden to Bloomberg Businessweek have kept the industry on its toes; and mergers & acquisitions are approaching peak activity. Combine all of this with the daily maneuvering of titles trying to go all-in on multiplatform publishing, and you have a whole lot to pay attention to if you’re running digital magazines.

But recent bombshells about the sale of the Financial Times and the inner-workings of negotiations over the fate of The Economist have captivated our attention today. Fusion has a fascinating article titled “How staying private paid off for the Economist,” and we have to start there!

Facebook, Publishers Nearing Faustian Bargain?

The late, great David Carr might have said it best in October of 2014: “For publishers, Facebook is a bit like that big dog galloping toward you in the park. More often than not, it’s hard to tell whether he wants to play with you or eat you.” But does this week’s news of The New York Times, National Geographic, and BuzzFeed potentially signing on as Facebook publishers mean they’re puppy chow or smart players with friends in high places?