Remember the good old days when the whole family would gather for a lazy Sunday brunch and haggle over their favorite sections of The New York Times? Well with paper going the way of the dodo, the folks at the NYT‘s R&D lab have built the next generation of new media reader for you and your closest kin. Meet what we’re calling the Times Tablet Table, a giant touchscreen that lets the whole clan read and share right from their furniture. Read More
Right now only four Time Inc. titles–Time, Sports Illustrated, People and Fortune–have gotten the tablet treatment. But the media giant says it’s planning to add its other 17 properties by the end of the year, a sign the company is still bullish on a market that continues to be dominated by Apple, which has yet to come to an agreement with Time over its cut of subscription fees from purchases made through the iTunes stores.
So despite the fact the more than 90 percent of consumer-owned tablet are still iPads, Time is diversifying to make its tablet editions available on Android, HP and the so called Hulu for magazines. Another revenue stream will come from subscription sold through the Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. Read More
Pottermore, the mysterious website that will become the online hub for all thing Harry Potter, made waves across the e-book industry today.
In a video posted to the site this morning, J.K. Rowling, who personally owns the digital rights to her work, revealed that she will be cutting out the middleman and selling audio and e-books of future Harry Potter stories through the Pottermore site.
Perhaps more interestingly, through a series of cool stop-motion animations, Rowling revealed that she will be bringing Harry Potter’s enormous fan community into the creative process. Read More
David Pogue was voted the most influential tech writer of our times today, as well as the most influential tweeter, even beating out Mashable’s social media maven Pete Cashmore. It’s a reminder how powerful a personal brand he has built, and why the NY Times hasn’t given him the boot after numerous conflicts of Read More
“People have put so much effort into recommending books to users, and recommending films,” says Glenn Nano, a principle at Centurion Venture Partners and organizer of Code Meet Print NY. “Well, a pop song is a couple of minutes and a movie a couple of hours. A book is a two or three week investment Read More
The Wall Street Journal introduced a Wikileaks competitor today. But the fine print makes it clear they won’t keep whistle-blowers names confidential if the law comes calling. Read More