The future of magazines and books

Having seen all the great qualities of the I-pad, I came to the conclusion that the future of magzines and books is digital.Sunday afternoon I was twittering all kind of statements on the future of internet. The first was: within 3 years most books that are sold in the Netherlands are E-books. As is well known, last year Amazon sold more E-books than the classical equivalent on paper. I think the Dutch will follow suit:

1. most people have no space for their books

2. What is nicer than to have an I-pad with more than a thousand books on vacation?

3. You have the extra bonus of being able to search words and sentences

4. the quality of the screen is awesome

5. you can read it without artificial light

6. the battery runs 10 hours

7. books can become interactive and embody full integration with web, video whatever

8. authors get a better deal with their books. The price of paper books will drop but more people will buy E-books for 9,99 $ than the Dutch paper book for 18 euro’s

9. You don’t have to be dependent on left wing book shops that refuse to sell your book or on best seller shops like AKO.

As far as magazines are concerned a twitter friend send me this awesome video.  the future of magazines

I can’t wait to read Elsevier on my I-pad.

2 thoughts on “The future of magazines and books

  1. I’m ready and willing to get going, but it’s a long way anyway. The iPad is an expensive investment for a papersize computer that neither reaches the high standards of present-day laptops, nor handles phone calls. It’s true: idiots will pay 829 dollars for an expensive, HUGE, non-functioning smartphone that even lacks multitasking. I won’t. And by the way: it was just during Christmas when the ebook sales outselled physical books. Nothing revolutionary happened so far, and only a second generation iPad might break through the heavy walls of my affiliation with physical books.

  2. Defenitely, the e-book will replace the classic paper book, but won’t be before e-paper in colour becomes affordable. The i-Pad isn’t even e-paper, but an iPod that was run over by a car. 10 hours of battery isn’t much in the outback.
    My iLiad lasts for one week and even that is pretty short. Readability tops every laptop et al. screen though. I guess we’ll have to sit and wait for a few more years, allthough I have some ideas on what I would like it to be.

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