The Week: Media news - Google plots 'virtual mags'

Google is preparing to launch a "virtual magazine" service that it says will help increase the revenues and readership of newspapers. The new service will aim to replicate the experience of reading a printed publication, allowing users to "flick through" pages of content from more than 40 media outlets, including The New York Times and the BBC. Google will sell ad space next to the content displayed, with the bulk of the revenue raised being handed over to the publisher.

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