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Publishing Crossroads – The Main Intersection

With the advent of mobile devices such as the iPad and iPhone, newspapers and magazines see a hitherto nonexistent opportunity for generating paid subscription digital versions as the new mobiles (and they WILL be proliferating like rabbits!) will be hungry for great, meaningful and pertinent content.
The publishing crossroads is a balancing act between the younger generation, used to digital media and expecting instant info, and the older generation, still loyal to print…and how to make both profitable while complimenting each other!

Tony Glover writes this for The National:

Publishers put future at fingertips with iPad papers

Business moguls such as Rupert Murdoch and Sir Richard Branson are developing newspapers and magazines that can be viewed only online on the Apple iPad. This move to entirely digital newspaper publishing could herald a global expansion of online publishing in regions such as the Middle East, which have a growing thirst for local content.

Mr Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp, is reported to be planning a daily digital iNewspaper to launch on the iPad, which it is understood will be called The Daily. He is believed to have a staff of 100 in place in New York to run the newspaper. The absence of printing costs means The Daily is expected to retail at only 99 cents a week. The project follows Mr Murdoch’s move to make the digital versions of the UK’s The Times and The Sunday Times pay-only websites.

But The Daily has already attracted criticism from rivals who say that a staff of 100 is too small to produce a credible daily newspaper. However, some of Mr Murdoch’s rivals, such as Sir Richard, are trying to leapfrog News Corp by publishing offerings of their own, with Virgin expected to unveil an iPad magazine in New York this week.

Newspaper publishers are becoming convinced that iNewspapers on devices such as the iPad will gradually come to replace print. Many of the world’s leading publications are also developing versions of their publications specifically for the iPad. The Economist, for example, has an iPad application and, like other digital publishers, considers these new internet devices as ideal for winning market share in regions such as the Middle East, where print distribution can be expensive.

Sanjay Gohil, the iPad production editor at the Financial Times, says: “The iPad is a lot more nimble and quick than traditional PCs and allows you to download electronic newspapers and read them later, when you are without an internet connection.”

He says the iPad allows online newspapers to become multimedia products, offering video and audio clips in addition to print and stills photography.

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Will Easy iPad Magazine Publishing Upset Big-Name Mag’s?

Filed under: Digital publishing,e-magazines,ezines,iPad,WoodWing — gator1965 @ 6:21 pm

There is new technology emerging that is making magazine publishing on the iPad almost as easy as selecting and pushing a button!

Kit Eaton, writing for fastcompany dot com, explains some of the new intriguing technology:

We’ve heard a lot on the iPad’s potentially transformational powers for publishing, and we’ve seen some custom-built magazines and newspapers already. Now WoodWing has a tool that makes turning a mag into a PadMag almost automatic.

WoodWing has just unveiled its iPad Digital Magazine Production system, and it’s primarily designed to leap off the Adobe InDesign platform (commonly in use to generate printed mags) and take content produced within that system and transmogrify it into something that’ll look excellent on Apple’s upcoming WonderPad. But when its full iPad Tools suite launches, it’ll also enable the same sort of content tweaking from a Flex and HTML5 solution too (for those users who haven’t forked over the $200-odd for Adobe’s product.)

The idea’s pretty simple: You take the magazine art from InDesign, then load up WoodWing’s Content Station, and manage the art and text into the particular layout you wish for the iPad magazine version. This art, of course, can be animated, video or dynamically-linked to live Web data in nature, making the most of the dynamic presentation skills allowed by the iPad’s powerful graphics skills.

Unlike some other systems, WoodWing notes that this process is particularly simple because it’s very drag-and-drop based, and doesn’t require any programming skills–like knowledge of JQuery, for example. This completely streamlines how it all works, of course, and makes making an iPad mag simple for those who aren’t expert publishers. When you’ve cajoled your content into the right format, you click the “export” publish button which swishes it off to a “delivery server.” A branded e-reader app on the iPad then connects back to that cloud server and downloads the magazine content to the tablet.

Who’s this for, though? We know people like Wired are already working on crafting their own iPad app since they already have much of the expertise in-house. WoodWing is probably aiming at the second-rank magazines with publishers who are keen to get a toe-hold in the iPad magazine e-publishing business without too much difficulty or expense. Fanzines are also another obvious target market. But since this system seems so simple, it could be a hugely disruptive little innovation: All it would take is for a fresh new science magazine publisher to produce excellent content, master WoodWing’s system and get a magazine on sale at a lower price than, say, Wired, and it could quickly steal chunks of Wired’s potential market. After all, the magazine industry is being turned on its head by Apple, so this sort of maneuver is much more likely.

What we can also infer is that WoodWing is tapping into a whole new tertiary market that’ll grow up around the iPad. There’s already one like it for the iPhone, offering to craft you a specialized-content iPhone app to promote your own publications or other forms of media. But since the iPad’s much more capable, we can probably expect WoodWing’s magazine effort to be followed by a hoard of others.

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