The electronic device that will replace the newspaper is becoming clear and may soon be here 11/19/07Posted by Steve Boriss in e-Newspapers.
When newspapers as we know them disappear, what portable electronic device might replace them? Recent product launches provide clues. iPhones are smaller and more portable than newspapers have ever been, plus they offer video and connectivity to the web. But, their screens and touchpads are too small for reading or entering much text. Amazon’s new Kindle is the size of a paperback, has a larger screen and touchpad, and excellent viewing resolution. But while it also has wireless access, it connects to a private, fee-based service for downloading books and newspapers, not to the world wide web where news outlets are converging toward a free, advertiser-supported business model.
The solution according to Rex Hammock is a larger, Kindle-sized iPhone or iPod Touch (see his mock-up to the right). That sounds about right. News consumption will ultimately call for both the active, keyboard/mouse-in-hand, “lean forward” technologies of PC’s and the passive, butt-on-sofa, “lean back” technologies of TV’s. Consumers will be part Web 1.0 spectators and part Web 2.0 contributors. So, the ultimate news machine should be a “Web 1.5” device that uses “sit-up” technologies. Since companies seem to have these technologies on-hand, these devices may soon be in-hand.