“Montreal, Canada-based newspaper La Presse unveiled a plan today to offer a free iPad to readers of the paper who sign up for subscription terms of at least three years, according to Projetj.ca”
This seems like an amazing business model. I wont be surprised if Apple/Amzaon/Barnes & Noble do the same. Lets wait and watch
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http://www.flatworldknowledge.com offers a very unique business model under which a student can read a book for free online but would have to pay if they want to download or print a portion of the book. If successful this can help reduce the cost of education drastically.
Few of my concerns are:
1. Availability of books: I believe no major publisher is participating in this currently
2. The quality and user experience of reading online is not great and it seems like the website is forcing you to print or download the books.
The only factor that can make this model succesful is if the teachers start recommending these books and if both students and teacher give feed back to improve the quality of the content.
Check out yourself and let us know what you feel.
This could be a real game changer and yes Jeff Bezos is known to create game-changing business models.
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Interesting article on the shift of paradigm within the publishing industry. where ebooks are no longer perceived as a threat but an opportunity (or may be I should say less perceived as a threat).
Peason and Bloomsbury reported that their ebook revenue increased by 186% and by more than 18 fold. In fact Bloomsbury had undergone a recent re-org in response to the ebook growth.
I am wondering, if this is a clear indication of the publishing industry embracing the digital world in fear of extinction? (specially with Amazon’s self publishing services). In that case is it truly perceived less as a threat and more as an opportunity? Interesting article.
Digital publishing company Mygazines launched its iPad Edition, a browser-based mobile reading system for Apple’s tablet device. It is not an iPad App but a universal e-reading technology that works on any touch screen device (this list also includes the iphone, ipod touch and the Android Phone).
Here is a list of the magazines that users can read through Mygazines
Some interesting user sentiment analysis about the iPad.
According to a study by Attensity some of the top liked features are: the applications, the device’s ability to replace the iPhone and the keyboard experience. They have also indicated that more and more people are talking about the Kindle-killer and the email interface today.
Amongst the (more than 3000) applications it seems users went absolutely wild over the Netflix App and the iBook App. But one of the Apps that has been downloaded quite a bit but has not received favorable responses is the iWork. Some of the users were not even aware that the iWork did not come with the iPad free of charge and people who knew it came with a price were expecting a far lower price point for them. Take a look at teh stats around the top Applications