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With Apple Tablet, Print Media Hope for a Payday

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by YankeeFan, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    So, does anybody have high hopes for this?

  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Right now you can get most major newspapers on Kindle

    Times is $13.99 per month or $167.88 annually.

    Can be a huge money maker for the paper.

    Be interesting if they try to cut Amazon out and jack up fee.
  3. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    How big is the Kindle screen diagonally?

    The Apple tablet is supposedly going to have a 10 inch diagonal screen.

    Everybody I know who has a Kindle loves it. I used to travel a ton, and if I still did, I'd buy a Kindle in a second.

    I've downloaded Kindle for iPhone, but I can't imagine actually reading a book on it.

    I'm curious to see how media looks on this thing & if it has other useful applications it might be worth getting.
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    If Apple made a deal with sports leagues to stream live games, including my local teams, I'd get it in a second. A bonus would be a $20 per month subscription for several newspapers, plus magazines.
  5. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Active Member

    Yes, I've heard that this was Steve Jobs' think-tank that would end up giving a boost to media online. Here's hoping it takes...of course, anything would help...but this could be the future in 5-10 years.
  6. crimsonace

    crimsonace Active Member

    I can remember a J-school prof 15 years ago holding up a drawing of a tablet and saying your paperboy would deliver the newspaper via disk every day.

    Amazing that, in all of the changes in technology in the intervening years, we're pretty much to that point (with iTunes replacing the disk).
  7. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    I got the kindle application on my itouch and I love it. Small screen, but easy to read and perfect for my attention span.

    There is also a free NYT app too.

    Really enjoying it.
  8. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    The Apple Tablet is allegedly going to cost around $1000, but no one seems to know for sure.
  9. House

    House Member

    I'd love for it to work. I have a Kindle, and I subscribe to NYT. I would love for SI or ESPN to make long-form stories available to the Kindle.

    But a tablet computer with a front-end marketplace similar to iTunes ... it's years away from saving us. It'll be a niche item at first for the hip, city folk.

    Of course, those of us stuck working in the sticks still deal with people who don't have e-mail addresses and high schools that still use Geosites or something just as dated, so I can't see this affecting my paper a damn bit. Maybe in 10 years.

    Plus, we don't have the personnel to figure this out. We have two software guys and a former TV production worker for our "webmaster." Copy editors upload stories, and most days they can't even get them on the right section front. I gave up trying to teach them any of this a long time ago. So, touch-activated Web sites? That's a laugh.

    My personal interest in the tablet would end with national publications. The places in Bumfuck that do city and county news won't catch up to this for a while.
  10. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    I have smaller version of Kindle. Outer measurements are 5 x 8

    Screen size is 3.5 x 5 which is perfect. You can also easily adjust font size.

    To me its the perfect size and I would not want anything larger.

    To say newspaper delivery digitally will arrive with the Apple tablet is incorrect. It has already arrived with the Kindle.
  11. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    Kindle on touchscreen iPhone, si, Kindle by itself without touchscreen, no.
  12. StormSurge

    StormSurge Active Member

    Agreed. Even with the smaller screen, I'll take the Kindle on my iPod over the standalone Kindle.
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