Actually I agree with you on multiple points here.
Originally Posted by Lemon Bon Bon.
Good luck, Print Industry dictating terms to Apple. Apple are offering you access to millions of credit cards and what are they offering? Content that most people prefer on paper. At a 70-30 split...if they can't see you have to speculate to accumulate then they can take their dinosaur ways and shrivel and die. I don't care about Newspapers dying. Overpriced pap most of them. Magazines. Regurgitating the same content over and over again. Marvel Comics? Screw the big comics companies. Eating their own vommit of pointless and hollow re-invention for how long?
While not all of the print industry is wonderful you paint with a very board brush here. There are a number of magazines I enjoy every month for example.
In the internet era? Most of the really interesting stuff is coming from small independents. The big boys still don't get it. Like M$, they think their previous stranglehold will work on the digital frontier?
This is certainly true, the big boys are fat and can no longer dance on a dime. On the other hand there really isn't a strangle hold on publishing. You can be successful with a focused product picking at the specialties.
Wrong. And they will be proven wrong. Because people can move in the blink of a hypertext link.
That is where new media comes in. The problem isn't with new media but with old media trying to shape the marketplace artificially to its liking. This is a huge problem and frankly many of these dinosaurs need to die off so that the marketplace can reshape itself naturally.
Print industry? You'll suck it up and like it.
No I rather think many of them will die off.
If you don't. I'll get my 'free news' from elsewhere on the internet. I've done quite well without the the times so far. *Shrugs.
I don't like the term Free News all that much! The problem is that unless you are donating not much in this world can be done for free.
I'd rather read blogs and smaller press outlets. I don't want to pay to hear a 'Murdoch' 2D spin on what I'm supposed to think... *Shrugs.
As long as you are reading you will be here a slanted view on something. It is very hard to write anything without grafting your view into the prose.
As a side note, the recent natural disaster in Haiti highlights the power of the net and the endless stream of pictures, to impact people directly. Of course pictures can be sued to bend the truth too, but here the vast number allows people to reach their own conclusions.
And they'd better offer damn good prices for me to replace the tactile feedback of a good paper book. Good luck with that. You're going to need it.
I honestly have a hard time seeing this device effectively replacing paper books. Magazines, journals and the like yes but not a good novel. On the other hand reference books and the like would be fantastic.
I don't see me buying books on it. I'll happily stay luddite for some time in this respect.
I don't see myself buying either.
I don't need some big company to be my conduit on the internet. I want direct access to the creator. Apple as a gate-keeper with iTunes? Hmm. I'll look into how they do with the print industry thing. But I recently bought a digital book (ironic in light of my comments...) for much cheaper than the print price. Got it downloaded and used Apple's Preview to view it as PDA doc. Ez. I'd look at it on my tablet if I get it. I suppose.
The electronic format can be very good for a number of different types of books. It depends on both the material, the user and the software presenting the book. Here is where I think Apple could prove to be a winner. That is in coming up with a standard book format that leverages the strengths of computers to better present the material included.
It's a case of wait and see for me. Print industry and content creation of said is an area of interest to me. And if Apple allows independent creators of quality content to join the 'e-print' revolution of distribution on their iTunes store...I'll look into it. 30-70. It's better than the rate Diamond Comics Distributors gives to Independent Comic Publishers...
Lemon Bon Bon.
This is where I see a huge future. That is the advent of extremely low cost publishing. That will make it easy for a lot of new content to come on line and should cheapen some of the old limited distribution content.