Curated and commented links, April 2 2012

  1. Game developers concur the tablet is ‘catching up’ with the console | TabTimes
    This is very interesting news for magazines such as PXL Magazine. Once tablets have caught up, the device for reading the magazine will be the same that you play on. Embedding game demos, bundling extra content for games and other interaction between the magazine and the actual game suddenly become a real option.
  2. Magazine Industry Develops Set of Voluntary Guidelines to Drive Growth of Advertising on Tablets
    This is needed, and with seven magazine media publishers behind this, it will most likely become a de facto standard than “voluntary guidelines”. Hearst has already issued a press release stating that they will release the information (here’s a link to their press release, in .docx format
  3. Hey devs, Amazon apps can make almost as much as iOS apps — Mobile Technology News
    In 2010 Apple dominated the app market: on a $2.1 billion market Apple had a share of $1.7 billion. Google’s Android Market had a smaller share than Nokia Ovi Store.This is changing. App Store is getting competition, but it’s still not from Google Play (formerly Google Android Market) – it’s from Amazon and their Appstore. It makes sense, as Amazon have got the structure for being a retailer, they’ve got experience of digital sales and they have the Kindle Fire.However, Google are making efforts. It remains to be seen what happens, but it seems as if it would make sense for publishers to be part of Amazon Appstore.
  4. Digital magazine publishers downplay new iPad’s impact on file sizes
    Discussing the file size of magazines and publications on the new iPad seems to be a popular thing. Here’s eMedia Vitals’ blog post on the new iPad, where they’ve looked into the near future of digital publishing in regard to file size and standards by talking to several sources in the know.
  5. Paleofuture – Paleofuture Blog – Tablet Newspaper (1994)
    This video is very “Back to the Future”. It’s from 1994 and shows magazines and newspapers on tablets like the iPad with astounding accuracy. Knight-Ridder did a very good job, and the reasoning is very sound (“there shouldn’t be a manual required, because you don’t need a manual to read a regular newspaper”).It’s cute that the biggest mistake in the video is the distribution by digital cards that you insert into you tablet. I guess wifi was still too much sci-fi.
  6. curator’s ǝpoɔ
    This is slighly off-topic for tablets, but it’s an explanation for something we will be using. Basically, Curator’s Code promotes the use of two symbols to link back to the inspiring or original source of something. ᔥ is for “via”, the original source of something ↬ is foor “hat tip”, an inspiration or link that tipped about something. This gives readers a chance to follow a trail of digital breadcrumbs back to an original source.
  7. Google to Sell Tablets on Its Own This Year – WSJ.com
    This seems more like a panic reaction than a thought through strategy. Google has made several forays into products rather than services, and each time they’ve failed. Neither the Nexus One (Google’s Android phone), Google TV nor the Chromebook can really be labelled as successful.There are two really interesting things here:1) that Gartner estimate that the iPad will have a stunning 73% of the tablet market.2) The quote from Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin about why Google stopped the effort with Nexus One: “because other new Android-powered phones were on par with or better than the Nexus One. Google also couldn’t figure out how to sell the Nexus One online on a global scale”

    So Google couldn’t make as good an Android phone as the mobile manufacturers. How will they be able to make a better tablet than them? Tablets are even more reliant on the user experience and simplicity than smartphones. 

  8. The WaPo Ombudsman’s Faulty Paywall Analysis : CJR
    New York Times’ soft paywall seems to be a good strategy, contrary to what Washington Post’s ombudsman read from the New York Times’ annual report.
  9. iPad Users Are Spending $70,000 A Day On iPad Newspapers And Magazines
    The headline says it all. Obviously, there already is money to be made from the digital publishing business. This is the reason most publishers stick to iPad and never create Android editions. If and when Google manages to accustom Android users to paying for stuff using Google Wallet, another big chunk of the market that today is more like a desert will become fertile soil. We often get questions about Android specific templates for Mag+, and we’re happy to say that it’s in the works.