Frédéric Filloux has written a very interesting post about apps that repurpose RSS content from various sources to give users their own daily publication. Apps such as Zite and Flipboard offer great personalised reading experiences through cleaner layouts, consistent typography and, let’s not kid ourselves, by stripping ads.
So where do publishers go from here?
To a varying extent, these organizations line up writers and editors in order to produce their content. For them, this is the perfect lose-lose situation since their news material leaks into Zite, resulting into content they won’t be able to monetize. In return, they get nothing: no fee, no revenue share, zip.
Something’s gotta give.