Originally Posted by mstone
Sorry I guess for the sake of brevity I was not clear enough. I want to layout some magazine style art as you mention. I have been able to code some css to add captions, fonts, colors in ePub but I'm a long, long, long way from where I need to be. Have you ever worked in the ePub format? Picture to the right, picture to the left, center type, justify type, is about all you apparently get with a standard ePub. No matter what you do in inDesign it does not translate to ePub when you export it.
On that note, from a user's perspective, I'm right there wish you. It's pretty much the reason why I currently have no interest in the iPad as a consumer.
In fact I was just talking about this oversight
yesterday. If they offered a great way to get magazines and newspapers on the device, reinvigorating periodical sales, I would have been on board, likely subscribing to more content than I could possible read. I don't read printed periodicals much and have never been a fan of browser-based news despite the convenience.
This could have been even bigger and given these companies, which seem to be falling everyday, a chance at survival while offering something better than their printed materials. For instance, I think interactive content like NYTimes crossword puzzle to be done in the virtual newspaper and even an option to export to mail or print and Popular Science magazine to offer streaming interviews and prototypes that can be manipulated in 3D. I also think it has to be auto-delivered like Podcasts are to iTunes, your print magazines to your mailbox and newspapers to your front door when they are ready.
The conclusion of my conversation was that if Apple expected even half the rush they seem to be experiencing that perhaps they didn't feel it had to be ready with the 1st iPad. After all, iPhone OS and the App Store have done great despite not being timed together. I think we'll eventually get what we want out of the device.