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The must-read publishing stories you may have missed this week

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Apple News+ in numbers, digital subscription lessons from Scandinavia, and more…

A postcard from Berlin.

This week’s Digital Innovators’ Summit in Berlin gathered 500 senior publishers from around the world. A common theme? Paid content is gaining traction, with an entire new young generation willing to subscribe to publishing brands they trust.

And what is the average price of a digital subscription? According to FIPP, who released their Global Digital Subscriptions Snapshot report in Germany, the average price is $3.50 per week globally. These subs are currently dominated by newspapers but magazines are starting to make inroads, and Condé Nast’s paywall play will be a barometer for whether lifestyle subs can work at scale.

But it was left to Switzerland’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung to land the knockout punch: higher priced offers perform better than lower price offers. And never, ever sell anything on a Saturday.

Jez Walters / @WNIP

What’s new this week

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Spotify VP of EMEA Marco Bertozzi on Spotify’s evolving ad business
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Revealed: Trends in global paid content
The second Global Digital Subscriptions Snapshot report compiled by FIPP and CeleraOne has been released at this year’s Digital Innovators’ Summit.
“Never stop challenging yourself”: Lessons from Scandinavian publishers
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Breaking up the tech giants? How that could affect publishers
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For publishers, a potential upside to YouTube’s brand safety uproar
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Taking back trust in journalism through personalisation, new payment models
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How publishers can save the comments section from trolls, toxicity and threats
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New York Times’ innovations in the personalisation of content
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$176B from ads, 60%+ market share: Duopoly’s “uneven balance of power”
Looking only at the internet advertising market, the duopoly took over half (56.4%) of ad money in 2018, a share which WARC expects to rise to 61.4% this year.