Tue 19 Jun
A study funded by The Online Publishers Association tries to parse some consumer behavior patterns on tablets. Some of the findings: 61 percent of tablet owners have purchased some kind of content online; electronic magazines and books outsell electronic news content by more than twice as much; there is as yet little consensus about whether digital content should be sold on its own or bundled with other offline content, such as print subscription.
The survey also asked those tablet users who have actually purchased a digital newspaper or magazine subscription whether they preferred to get that content delivered via mobile-optimized Web sites or via apps. As it turns out, most prefer the mobile Web. This is the best bit, though:
“That result is remarkable, contradicting conventional wisdom that distributing native apps through app stores is the best way to get consumers to purchase content.”
What’s remarkable is that the OPA still considers it “conventional wisdom” for publications to distribute their content via apps, and not via the Web. I don’t want to say “I told you so,” but I did — eighteen months ago.