As anyone in the publishing business can tell you, it's expensive to print magazines -- particularly when so many of them wind up unsold in the first place. The publishers of Newsweek know this all to well as they transition to all-digital next year.
In the ever-evolving world of technology, where services and gadgets alike always seem to be taking on more and more abilities, it isn't surprising that some folks may long for the good old days (like five years ago) when a website or application did one thing exceedingly well. That's the theme that drives Longform, a website-turned-iPad app that curates all the best content across the web.
March has finally arrived, and with it comes the long-awaited Readability app for iOS, the newest kid on the “read later” block which has been in App Store limbo since last November. And that’s not all: Flipboard also pushed out a new update that finally brings Cover Stories to the iPad.
The iPhone’s user interface is pretty easy to get along with -- provided you can see it. Unfortunately, not everyone has the perfect vision required to see the diminutive text on their iPhone’s screen. Luckily, for those of us who have to squint ever time they want to look up a calendar entry or type something into Notepad, increasing the text size used in many of iOS’s core applications is only a few swipes away.
There are plenty of great choices to read web content distraction-free, and two of the best are teaming up for the launch of the new Readability.com website, with the developer of Instapaper providing an official mobile app in the near future.
Back in November, Amazon put out the call out to the world's great thinkers, artists and writers to pony up some new content to add to their growing library of Kindle offerings. They weren't asking for more books--they have quite enough of those, thank you very much. Rather, the online retailer was interested in exploring the possibility of offering something new to their customers: short, but fully realized essays, arguments and explorations of a single idea. Amazon calls these new offerings Kindle Singles, and they may well be worth paying some attention to.
With traditional print publishing suffering the slings and arrows of internet-aided content delivery these past few years, magazine, book and newspaper publishers have been struggling to find an efficient, cost-effective method to transfer their wares into the digital realm. In answer to the publishing industry's frantic calls for help, Adobe has announced their latest offering: The Adobe Digital Publishing Solution.
As the iPad begins to slowly but surely creep into the hands of more and more users, a recent survey is showing that the device is starting to become the unit of choice for many consumers when it comes to reading. That includes reading newspapers, magazines, and books.