Philadelphia Media Network will soon start selling deeply discounted Android tablet computers packaged with four applications that will display digital versions of its two newspapers, The Inquirer and the Daily News, as well as additional content from The Inquirer and the company's Philly.com website.
In a meeting Monday morning with employees at the company's Conshohocken printing plant, Greg Osberg, chief executive officer and publisher, said the digital initiative would break ground in the industry, which has been struggling to maintain revenues as consumers gradually shift their reading preferences from print publications to computers, smartphones, and other digital devices.
And during an afternoon news conference, Osberg also announced a new media-technology incubator, to be housed at Philadelphia Media's headquarters and financed partly by a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to Ben Franklin Technology Partners, another participant in Project Liberty.
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