Every serious news organization - and even the not-so-serious ones - offer their content across multi-platform environments. Tablet applications among news providers - iPad being the current leader among the tablet universe - are core to any multi-platform strategy, falling squarely in the mobile delivery camp.
However, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation wants us to believe that The Daily
- an iPad-only daily
news application - is unique and cutting edge.
"Created every day of the year with all original content for the iPad," The Daily's
promotion reveals. This claim of producing content "every day of the year" for the iPad is mirrored quite well by a host of other national well-established and award-winning news organizations - including Washington Post
, New York Times
, and The Wall Street Journal
In fact, The Daily
is already being compared
, a development that is likely not something Mr. Murdoch had anticipated - nor is it something that he is enjoying, as The Daily
seeks to charge its users $40 per year and Flipboard
But when considering Mr. Murdoch's considerable investment in The Daily
, we may be better able to understand the hype behind what is otherwise a yawn among claims of novel content delivery. According to The Huffington Post
, the initial investment
in The Daily
totaled $30 million.
The entire endeavor appears quite similar to the fiasco Conde Nast explored with their launch of business-to-business lifestyle morph, Portfolio
. Originally billed as the next big thing in business reporting, Portfolio
quickly imploded - and is now a backwater web-only placeholder within the Conde Nast publishing conglomerate.
And while Conde Nast is a privately-held entity, News Corporation is a publicly-traded company - so the results of its iPad-only experiment will be more visible for those who are interested in keeping score.
While Mr. Murdoch should be commended for his willingness to embrace new platforms, news content consumers - many of whom already have subscriptions to other sources - would be wise to scrutinize the hype around this release and others that are sure to come in the future.