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The next big changes in publishing will be influenced by what iTunes and Spotify did for music consumption

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The last big step change in publishing was the accelerated transition to digital formats - eBooks, PDFs and the like. In a similar way, the music industry moved from CDs and Vinyl to be largely dominated by digital formats like MP3 and FLAC.

 

We’ve already heard from academic publishers that Professors and student bodies no longer wish to buy the whole text book, but only the 2-3 most relevant chapters. In publishing we are therefore moving metaphorically from album to single ...

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Apple launches Student Textbook MKII

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Yesterday’s Apple Education Event (iBooks 2) was essentially all about the iPad’s increasing role within the realms of education. I already own a number of educational-type Apps on my iPad which I believe had a significant impact on this evolution - Touch Press’s ’The Elements’ and ’Solar System’ as well as Transworld Digital’s ’The Magic of Reality’ are all superb types of a new interactive forms of learning - the latter is closer to ...

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The latest generation of Amazon Kindle still has a long way to go

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I had myself quite a bookish Christmas in many ways. Books are always big sellers as Christmas gifts in Iceland, and in addition to a number of the traditional variety, I was also the fortunate recipient of the 3G version of the latest Amazon Kindle eBook reader.

The 3G version means that I can download books from the Amazon Store - pretty much anywhere in the world, sitting on the beach for instance - having just completed the main holiday read a little prematurely.

Anyway, I thought I would ...

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Adding Value to Intangible Assets

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In view of the declining consumption of ’solid media’ that is to say - Printed Media and CDs in particular, it is becoming ever more important to justify / qualify the cost of digital media. A whole generation has grown up with the ’Free Internet’. There are enormous numbers of digital media consumers who pay nothing for the privilege of viewing, reading, listening to or even downloading their daily fix of media.


Back in my childhood days the type and number of media ...

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iPhone 4 is evolution over revolution

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Let’s start with the good news - the new iPhone 4 looks pretty gorgeous, and looks like it’s beautifully put together from superior materials and components. It has the iPad’s fast A4 processor, although this is probably being underclocked on the iPhone to save on battery life. Also, the phone has a much improved OS (iOS 4) and around 100 or so new features. That said, a lot of the ’New Features’ showcased are Apple simply catching up with much of the current ...

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The New Apple iPad - what is it good for?

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Intro

 

Steve Jobs made 3 key points at the start of his presentation:

  1. The latent potential for a device that sits midway between a Smartphone and a Laptop
  2. NOT a Netbook! - Netbooks aren’t better at anything (vs Smartphone or Laptop), they’re just essentially smaller, cheaper laptops with lower quality displays and clunkier functionality
  3. This new 3rd category of device has to be far better at handling key tasks such as:
    • Browsing the Web
    • Doing Emails
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