Posts Tagged ‘ iPad ’

All About E’s

Although I spend a good amount of time visualizing the future of writing, reading, and publishing, I have yet to invest any real money into an e-reader. I’ve played around with all of the them, but have yet to find one that I like.

I see more people scanning their e-readers every day, but I have yet to join their ranks. My reasons are simple: I cannot write in the margins, which is a natural and lifelong habit that I refuse to break. I enjoy feeling how much I have read, or how much I have to go. I also stare at screens for most of my weekday hours and a bit of my leisure time, and any chance to discract myself from the various interfaces of digital life is refreshing and necessary.

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All the News that’s Fit to Upload

As writers and editors scramble to stake their claim in the open frontier of web publishing, the platform specialists are stepping in to change the game. The question of who will dictate the content and mediums of this virtual landscape has yet to be answered, which presents an exciting but sometimes confusing challenge for the writers and publishers of tomorrow. Continue reading

Ebooks, Amazonians, Models, Penguins, and Apples

The New Deal

This weekend the news came through that Penguin, who has hesitated to leap into the ebook market without a viable pricing model, had finally reached a deal with Amazon to sells its content on the Kindle. Despite the deal, the questions remain-

1) who is in control of this new industry and

2) will content need to conform to whatever limits the new industry presents?

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From ink to App?

In the May 24th edition of Newsweek, Jacob Weisberg takes a look at how Apple’s latest Grail may affect the publishing industry, which, as a whole, has yet to find a viable strategy for dealing with the invasion e-readers that has already hit the shores. Weisberg has concluded that the industry’s main concern is with the monolithic nature of Apple’s power and the shadow it casts over all the content providers scrambling to find a place at the right hand of Jobs (the religious metaphors are Weisberg’s; I’m just playing along). Here are the issues that he has hit upon:

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The Evo of the E-Reader

The emergence of e-reader technology seems to have happened overnight, but a digital revolution has been building in the shadows. Here is a quick breakdown on the major players and milestones that mark the road to a byte-sized future:

1971: Michael S Hart launches The GutenbergProject, (named after Johannes, not Steve) a pioneering attempt to bring the massive computers of the day into a device that be used as a desktop e-reader

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What will you be reading in 5 years?

And what will you be reading it on? The emergence of e-reading and web based publishing has evolved at a staggering rate. The major players on the stage:

E reader platforms:

Kindle, Nook, Papyrus, iPad- which will emerge as the standard platform for the next generation of readers?

Publishers and editors:

magazines have already adapted to the trend. Will traditional publishers be able to adapt in time to survive the new wave of digital reading?

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