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‘The New York Times’ Wants Your Kitchen Table to Be Giant iPad

Meet the NY Times Tablet Table

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

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Time for Tablets! Time Inc. Adding All Titles to Tablet by 2012


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

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J.K. Rowling Disses Apple and Amazon, Embraces Crowdsourced Storytelling

Just follow the owl

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