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  • http://www.ipaddaily.com Shane Ketterman


    Nice post and analysis. To your question, I think that the publishing industry is at a crossroad of sorts. They are watching this and seeing what is happening but probably being cautious. The iPad has huge potential as a disruptor to many industries, as do the other devices set to be released.

    That being said, I think the publishing industry will have to model itself quite differently in the future to keep up with the changing landscape in user perception and behavior with devices like the iPad.

  • charlestaggart

    Interesting question and article… Being an Artist or Visual Problem solver and understanding the many different industries of the Visual Arts and how computers have changed visual communications. I feel that the Publishing Industry is going to have to follow suit…

    Back in 1989, I was showing my portfolio for illustration, photography and graphic design and was told by many that first couple of weeks, “Nice portfolio, but do you know how to use a Macintosh Computer?” Since then many people started buying computers and started calling themselves “Desktop Publishers” and causing problems with they lack of understanding in the Printing industry… Now 20 plus years later there are fewer and fewer Printers because of Technology, calligraphy is now a dying art form, Photographers that use Film are becoming rare and even touch up artists that once used an airbrush are now using PhotoShop… Even illustration has changed to the point that was once a great form of artistic style and shading techniques using pen & ink, watercolor, acrylic oil paints and mixed media can now all be done using PhotoShop in far less time… Multi Media is here and the older methods of Newspapers and Magazines will need to change also, to accommodate the many forms of bring news, stories and information of interest to those people who are interested…

    My Answer is Yes, the Publishing Industry is going to HAVE to change, or become like many newspapers and magazines recently, close and become an item of the past… They are going to have to figure out how to re-create their income and revenue sources to continue to go forward in the Technology & Information Age…

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  • http://barefoot-online.com Cindy McAsey

    WOW, Amazing stats thanks for sharing…

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  • Emer McCourt

    Thanks for the great stats. I’ve just written a kids’ book for the iPad and am waiting to see how it lands with publishers …it’s definitely early days for the publishing industry but there are good signs of embracing new tech from Penguin’s CEO John Makinson (see link) http://paidcontent.co.uk/article/419-first-look-how-penguin-will-reinvent-books-with-ipad/

    Seems there are deals to be done. I anticipate it will go much like the music biz – much restructuring to follow…

  • Akbarboghani

    Interesting number Jeff. I completely agree with your analysis. I have been using kindle since last 2.5 years and have bought 50+ books and was thinking about upgrading. I have upgraded to ipad last week since kindle application is available on apps store, so no switch over pain for me.

    I think publishing industry will realign their business model with new trends soon and will support online medium. Co-operate and not compete will be the ‘mantra’ for them….

  • http://uber.la John McElhenney

    Jeff, nice post. While I love the iPad, I’m not a big eBook fan. I can see the advantage (never having to be without something to read) but I really like the feel of pages, the smell of ink, and being able to see how much further I have to read.

    That said, I think the publishing world had better go full-on “E” or be left behind.

    JMac | @jmacofearth

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  • Darla

    I think Ipads should be in schools

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