|04-07-2008, 07:15 AM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Device: Sony PRS-500, PRS-505
A rival of the Kindle e-reader is to come
A rival of the Kindle e-reader is to come from a Hearst-backed venture called FirstPaper, which PaidContent describes as a “stealth start up” with offices in Palo Alto and New York City.
If speculation pans out, the new e-book reader will use a flexible color screen nearly as big as a tabloid paper, and you’ll be able to change “pages” by touching the screen. True? Such were the possibilities brought up by the Crosscut news site in Seattle in a May 2007 story on Hearst’s plans to test-market a wireless newspaper “sometime in the next two years.”
The involvement of a content company like Hearst in a rival e-reading device might also reduce Bezo’s power over details such as pricing and distribution. The startup is calling itself “well funded,” according to PaidContent, and I wonder if other media corporations might be involved. One way or another, I’d be be surprised if the FirstPaper device didn’t debut as a distribution vehicle for newspapers and magazines, not just books. The more content you can get from one platform, the more chances of success. But you can bet that e-books will show up via the FirstPaper project, for the SVP is none other than Lee Shirani, who headed Sony Reader’s e-book store.
Link: full article
Last edited by searcher; 04-07-2008 at 07:35 AM.
|04-07-2008, 10:25 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jan 2006
|04-08-2008, 09:09 AM||#5|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Snowpacolypse 2010
Device: Too many to count
Considering how much the Kindle subscriptions cost, one would be paying the same as a print subscription and the device would still be $$$.
|04-08-2008, 01:53 PM||#6|
Join Date: Aug 2007
Device: Paperwhite, Kindle 3 (retired), Skindle 1.2 (retired)
Unless the periodicals are ad-supported. I think the reason Kindle subscriptions are so expensive is you're getting the content without the ads.
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