Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Shape of newspapers of the future?
This year may end up being the tipping point for reading to begin a serious migration to e-readers. First there were Sony's device and then Amazon's Kindle. Barnes & Noble has weighed in. And now the new e-reader by Skiff, the Hearst spinoff, is being introduced this week at CES. It looks as if we're getting closer to a natural newspaper and magazine reading experience in a format that combines the advantages of print and wireless connectivity. I can't wait. And although, the Skiff will initially be sold exclusively by Sprint, which is not my carrier, I'm sure that will change if it catches on.
Right now the hot tech news concerns Google's challenge to the iPhone and the new Apple tablet computer that looks as if it will debut later this month. But both Apple and Google will need to be on their toes. An inexpensive, intuitive and easy-to-use e-reader could shake up the computer and smartphone markets as thoroughly as the iPhone did earlier. Apple seems to hope their tablet will be that device, but I'm not so sure. It's still a "computer," and I'm not so sure that's what people will be looking for down the road.