by Michael Ho

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aaja, beta620, e-books, e-readers, journalism, textbooks

new york times

DailyDirt: Newspapers? Books? We Don't Need Those Where We're Going...

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

The era of printing words on dead trees might be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean people aren't reading or writing anymore. When e-readers/e-books/tablets finally take over, it should be no surprise that the volume of reading material produced will be much, much greater than there ever was when the latest technology was just the printing press. Here are just a few projects that journalists are playing around with so they can adapt to an all digital future. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 5:10pm

    I don't need to overpriced e-reader

    These days I read mostly on my cell phone, it has a big screen, good lighting and can handle non-restrictive formats!
    I first started it when I visited Japan where I got my first app, and I've never looked back since. Perfect for leisurely trips to the loo

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    Michael Ho (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 5:47pm

    Re: I don't need to overpriced e-reader

    I'm wondering when picoprojectors will really become a practical display technology for smartphones... there seems to be a fine line between the size of a phone and a tablet for some manufacturers!

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    Jimr (profile), Sep 21st, 2011 @ 7:29am

    I wish I had booked mark the link about the economic analysis of the newspaper giving up the print edition and provide all its customers with a basic e-reader that updated to the latest edition every morning via something like the whisper net. The economic cost saving where there only if they could guarantee the recipients of the new e-newspaper reader would stay a customer for 3-5 years. 3 years being the break even point with the life expectancy of the e-newspaper being 5 years. I could see how it would be a tremendous risk for a current newspaper give up its printing press, delivery boys, etc. and just gamble on the automatic electronic distribution. I suspect some start up will attempt it, maybe even a telco in alliance with an enewspaper reader, or most likely Amazon will just offer the kindle for free if you agree to sign a 5 year deal to newspaper subscription (in which case I would be the first in line to subscribe).

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    Cacophonus Flowered, Sep 25th, 2011 @ 4:41am


    I almost signed up for StumbleUpon but their Terms of Service seemed way too anti my online privacy. Who needs that.

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    Michael Ho (profile), Sep 26th, 2011 @ 10:06am

    Re: StumbleUpon

    Cacophonus Flowered,
    Just curious if you use other social media sites -- and if you think StumbleUpon's Terms are different from other services...?

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  6. identicon
    Nikky, Nov 12th, 2011 @ 11:16pm

    I believe we still need to appreciate the value of that publishing firm.News really helps anyways.

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