Newspapers Saved By a Non-Existent Device!

A story I missed somehow that came out two weeks ago on Gizmodo, claims that the Apple Tablet computer will help save the newspaper industry.  Of course at least once a week, somebody comes out with an idea that will save the newspaper industry, but this story is particularly disarming because so far, there is no such thing as an Apple tablet.  In any case, if there were, Gizmodo reports on several rumors that content providers are starting to load their stuff into iTunes.  Some of these are The New York Times, McGraw-Hill and Oberlin Press (textbooks), and some unnamed magazines.  A tablet  computer, when there is one, is a better idea than the e-readers that exist currently, because it will (I assume) be able to reproduce graphics, a necessity for the newspaper and the textbook industries. Says Giamodo “The eventual goal is to have publishers create hybridized content that draws from audio, video and interactive graphics in books, magazines and newspapers, where paper layouts would be static. And with release dates for Microsoft’s Courier set to be quite far away and Kindle stuck with relatively static E-Ink, it appears that Apple is moving towards a pole position in distribution of this next-generation print content.”

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