Denis Dutton hopes he hasn't seen the last of Arts & Letters Daily, the online aggregation site he sold to a US publishing house earlier this year.
As IDGNet reported yesterday, AL Daily has closed down following the demise of owner, University Business and its magazine Lingua Franca (see Arts and Letters Daily goes off the air). Dutton says once the liquidator decided to put AL Daily up for auction there was no point in continuing to update the site.
"We've been continuing under our own steam just for the good of our readers and Jeffrey Kittay, the former publisher of Lingua Franca, has been good enough to pay for the server charges off his own credit card."
Dutton says the auction will be held later in the month.
Lingua Franca founder, Jeffrey Kittay, hopes to buy the magazine's assets from the bankruptcy court according to the New York Times, and that includes AL Daily, says Dutton.
"But there may well be other bidders for the site, in which case he may not win."
Dutton says he has no idea yet who is interested in AL Daily.
"There might be publishers interested in this, there are private individuals and foundations that might be interested."
Dutton says the worldwide publicity for AL Daily has been very positive in the recent years.
"We've had a lot of good publicity and I think we've got a steadfast following. The new owners of Arts and Letters Daily may find that to their advantage."
Dutton doesn't know whether any future AL Daily will include his input - he says that depends on who buys it. However, his new site is already up and running and may seem quite familiar to AL Daily readers.
"We have Philosophy and Literature and that's what we're looking at now but are we to work with Arts and Letters Daily in the future? That's entirely possible."
Dutton says the industry malaise doesn't mean the internet is dead as a medium for intelligent comment.
"The web, despite the fact that it's not a paying proposition for most publications, is still a staggering resource. If it were a Sunday newspaper it would weigh 85 kilos. We need websites that are selective and sift through material to save readers' time."
Dutton says the proliferation of aggregation sites, like SciTech Daily is a good thing and will help readers.
"It's the time of our readers that is the limited commodity. Pixels and server space is unlimited."