SOURCE: Reynolds Journalism Institute

Reynolds Journalism Institute

November 19, 2009 11:16 ET

Roger Fidler's E-Reader Buyer's Guide, New on Reynolds Journalism Institute's Website

New Media Pioneer Posts Authoritative E-Reader Buyer's Guide; After Three Decades His Vision Has Become a Reality

COLUMBIA, MO--(Marketwire - November 19, 2009) - E-Readers are a hot item this holiday season and one of the foremost leaders in digital publishing has just issued the definitive E-Reader Buyer's Guide. Roger Fidler, program director for digital publishing at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) predicted the success of E-Readers and spent several decades making it a reality.

In the late 1970s Fidler first envisioned a digital alternative to the traditional and expensive process of printing news with ink on paper, though his ideas met with fierce resistance. Fidler persevered, creating an E-Reader prototype (dubbed a "tablet newspaper") in 1994. In 2006, realizing the need for leaders and innovators to work together to maximize digital opportunities on behalf of journalism, he founded the Digital Publishing Alliance at RJI. Today the membership includes nearly all major U.S. news organizations.

"At this point three companies -- Sony, iRex and Barnes & Noble -- have introduced new E-Readers that they hope will give Amazon's two Kindle models and Amazon's online store some serious competition," says Fidler. "If you're in the market for a wireless E-Reader that delivers newspapers as well as books, you will have five models to choose from this holiday season. Behind the scenes, nearly every major U.S. newspaper publisher is scrambling to get contracts signed and to make its content E-Reader-friendly for each vendor."

Over coming weeks and months Fidler will update the RJI E-Reader Buyer's Guide as new products enter the market. For more information contact Roger Fidler (

About the Digital Publishing Alliance (DPA)

Its mission is to bring together leaders and innovators from forward-thinking organizations to pursue new strategies, digital content products and business models for publishing and journalism, with an emphasis on E-Readers and other mobile reading devices. Based at RJI, the 30-plus members include the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. For more information contact Roger Fidler (

About the Reynolds Journalism Institute

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute ( is located at the Missouri School of Journalism on the University of Missouri campus and is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. RJI engages media professionals, scholars and citizens in programs aimed at improving the practice and understanding of journalism. RJI collaborates with news and technology companies, professional associations, foundations and individuals to generate and test innovative models and technologies for journalism and advertising. Six Donald W. Reynolds Fellows spend an academic year at RJI, working with Missouri faculty and students and RJI staff to develop new ways to gather, process and deliver news, information and advertising.

About The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, it has committed more than $100 million to its National Journalism Initiative in the United States.

Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Kelly Peery
    Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
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    (573) 882-9650