|12-04-2009, 09:14 AM||#1|
Sir Penguin of Edinburgh
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: DC Metro area
Device: Shake a stick plus 1
Hearst just announced their ebook reader
Okay, they didn't actually announce the device yet, but the news released today is bigger than just a device. Hearst (a US media conglomerate) just announced the formation of Skiff, its new digital distribution platform. The rumored new device does exist and will be part of this platform. But it' won't be the only device. Skiff platform will support wireless delivery of content to more than just their device. According to the Skiff homepage, supported devices will include notebooks, PCs, tablets, smartphones, and dedicated reading devices.
We don't have much info on the gadget yet, but the press release does mention that it will have a color screen and that Skiff has partnerships with Sprint and Marvell.
|12-04-2009, 09:18 AM||#2|
zeldinha zippy zeldissima
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Paris, France
Device: eb1150 & is that a nook in her pocket, or she just happy to see you?
wow ! that is huge. a distribution plateform could really shake things up, especially by including magazines, blogs, etc. and most especially by not making it closed to other devices. that is definitely a good idea on the part of hearst ! and a colour screen for magazines will be great. i wonder which technology they are using ?
|12-04-2009, 10:48 AM||#3|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Device: Android & FBReader
It's about time, this may be the salvation of many physical only print media and a real boost to those companies who publish limited or hard to get e-media.
I'd certainly use it:
|12-04-2009, 11:00 AM||#4|
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Mississippi, USA
Device: Kindle 3 and Voyage
The partnership with Sprint gives them a retail presence. It may lock out the iRex DR800SG though, which is the only multi-source (for content delivery) wireless device announced so far.
|12-04-2009, 11:22 AM||#5|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Device: Kindle 4 No Touchie
I'm sure it will have DRM. As long as they use something like Air, it should work on multiple platforms -- though I'd think formatting/layouts for handhelds and larger screens and paper will increase the workload for putting out an issue.
Wake me up when they've got a prototype. Hearst and Sprint might still be in business by that point.
|12-04-2009, 01:43 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jul 2007
Device: Sony Reader, nook, Droid, nookColor, nookTablet
Without their own device, they're up against folks like nxtbook, texterity, and Zinio for magazines and everyone else for books. With a device, you're right back in the same boat you're in now with respect to trying to pitch a dedicated unit--except that now the customer really is better off with a netbook.
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