Turf War at the New York Times: Who Will Control the iPad?

I’m excited about the prospect of being able to read the newspaper on something like an iPad. It just seems like such an obvious “next step” in periodical publishing. According to Gawker The New York Times is having an internal war to determine which department will “own” the iPad edition, and the print division is “afraid people will cancel the print paper if they can get the same thing on their iPad”. Well of course I’d cancel my print edition! Why would I want both? But it’s not like every one of their subscribers is going to buy an iPad, not to mention all the people (like me) who don’t subscribe now but might for the right price, and “$20 to $30 per month” would not be the right price.

It’s not surprising, but unfortunate, that publication companies seem to think that the product they’re selling is the paper, not the reporting.