Monday, May 4, 2009

Can Kindle Rescue Newspapers & Magazines?

Will Kindle be able to rescue the newspaper and magazine industries, the way that iPod rescued the music industry?

We'll get an inkling this week when Amazon introduces a larger format version of its book-reader gadget that's designed to enable users to see their favorite publications exactly as they would have appeared on the printed page -- but without the print or the (paper) page.

(A number of periodical publishers, including Hearst magazines and the News Corporation, have announced that they've got their own proprietary e-reader devices in the works.)

Kindle's current six-inch black-and-white model offers paid subscriptions to about five dozen newspapers and magazines, but functionality is limited -- and certainly less than what you can get for free on each publication's own Website. (The Kindle itself cost a whopping $359.)

So we eagerly await this next-generation version to find out how Amazon plans to lure that endangered species known as "subscribers" to actually pay for what they've gotten used to receiving for free.

Still to be determined is whether Amazon's newest Kindle will enable viewers to enjoy the high quality videojournalism that print publications are increasingly producing -- and just about the only truly unique content that a publication can reasonably expect viewers to pay for.

What do you think? Can you imagine perusing your favorite newspapers and magazines on a 10-oz. wireless electronic screen that's the same size as a magazine page? Remember -- that one portable page can potentially "contain" all your favorite subscriptions, updated daily! What would it take for you to convert? Would video capability make a difference for you?

2 comments:

Wieland Willker said...

I would probably do it if I would get the device for free.
Paying? No.
My hometown newspaper is bad (Bremen, Germany).
I normally just skim the headlines.

The real innovation would be to deliver the time, one needs to read everything, too!

jackson said...

Welcome to The-Magazines.comSitemapConatctHere you can find the list of magazines. Read magazines online covering current events, finance, fashion, arts and crafts, travel, celebrity, lifestyle, health and fitness, business, finance, photography, animal, religion, politics ETC...African American MagazinesMagazines have been evolved entertainment into many forms.Animal Magazines Magazines are widely used by people, but have you ever experienced buying magazines from the internet.Art Magazines Magazines have been evolved entertainment into many forms. Arts and Crafts MagazinesMagazines are widely used by people, but have you ever experienced buying magazines from the internet? Well we've heard many times of online shop, online games, online advertising but have you ever heard an online magazine shop? Auto MagazinesThere are a lot of magazines out there that caters to all hobbies or taste of a person towards entertainment such as Art magazines, Auto magazines, Business and Finance magazines, Children magazines, Cooking and Food magazines, Entertainment magazines, Fashion magazines, Health and Fitness magazines, Home and Gardening magazines, Lifestyle magazines, Men`s magazines, Photography magazines, Riligion magazines, Teen magazines, Political Magazines, Women`s magazines……ETCCar Magazinesmagazines for blacksCars and Trucks MagazinesThis Magazines is the number one magazines for the informed and stylish black male. Black Men offers African-American men news and articles on positive lifestyle, fashion, sports, health and fitness....Magazines for Blacks
TV and Movies MagazinesFinance Magazines To help you in making sure you get the right home theater system at the right price, start reading a few home theater tv and movies magazines, which feature articles written by experts in the business.....TV and Movies Magazines
Christianity MagazinesComputer MagazinesChristianity Magazines books are among the most preferred literature for children and adults alike. They not only tell miraculous stores but teach lessons for life.There are quite a lot Christian books published nowadays....Christianity Magazines Electronics Magazines Save up to 80% off the cover price when you subscribe to Hobbies Magazines Online! Hobbies Magazines Subscriptions
Cars and Trucks Magazines
After I bought my truck, I spent a lot of time just driving through this great country and I enjoyed this time. Regarding the protection of my car, I figured out that truck mud flaps are valuable and so I ended up buying them instantly....Cars and Trucks Magazines
Arts and Crafts MagazinesHunting Magazines