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people keep talking about ipads (and other e-readers) as the salvation for print – in particular, for newspapers and magazines. (books, on the other hand, aren’t really in need of salvation, so for the book industry the e-readers are more of a threat, it seems.) the idea, it seems, is basically this: people don’t want to pay for access to news on a website. but apparently, they do want to pay for apps on iphones and ipads. so let’s sell news as apps!

and the prime example, above them all, is wired magazine, whose first ipad app sold 110,000 copies at $3.99. of course that first app was news itself, so the numbers have gone down since – but according to wired editor-in-chief chris anderson, in an interview with jon lund, they still sell “in the multiple tens of thousands” per month.

that’s a little more modest, of course, when compared to a monthly circulation in print of 750,000 (at $4.99). but hey, if it doesn’t cost them much, it still turns a profit right? well, it turns out that it does cost them a lot.

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sarah epps at ars technica is proposing a new concept for the ipad age: curated computing, defined as “a mode of computing where choice is constrained to deliver less complex, more relevant experiences”. apparently the idea is that the iphone os, which also powers the ipad, ” runs more like a jukebox than a desktop, asking consumers to choose (and often pay for) applications from a predetermined set list” – in other words, it’s the internet without all the clutter, no shit only gold. consumption paradise, productive activities go elsewhere.

it’s not a particularly original analysis, but eliot buskirk at wired.com tries to expand on the idea to propose the “age of curation“. for him, the concept sums up everything from social media to original journalism, at which point the concept seems to have been watered down to mean everything and nothing.

which is sad, because the concept actually does seem apt to shed some light on where the ipad is being positioned in this new niche of computing.

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i keep asking myself why many newspapers, publishers and other parts of the media industry seem to be so excited about the opportunity to make apps for the ipad. i mean, sure the ipad looks just like what i always thought the ebook should be – not just a book but a full-fledged media player and web browsing device etc. so i totally get why publishers are excited about it – it is the idea of making apps that i don’t get. as opposed to making web pages and web applications, that is.

for instance: why would i want a new york times app? i mean, what can i do with it, that i can’t do with nytimes.com? isn’t nytimes after all still in the business of selling words and images? and occasionally some moving images (oh, the wonders of technology – we can have video on the web)? or are they planning to make the nytimes into a first-person shooter?

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