Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

the potential of the iBookstore


Of all the things I’ve taken away from the sometimes frustrating and occassionaly mystifying iPad keynote this week, it’s the massive potential to create a new form of “print” media. Of course, it isn’t really print, but “digi-” or “e-” anything sounds stupid, and as the iPad gains acceptance the electronic nature of publications will fade into the background.

But what may emerge from this strange new platform is a new form of magazine that updates dynamically, contains video, audio, game demos or links to further detail…really, anything you can put on the internet, but in a different, strangely familiar form. As someone who writes and creates video for a living (as well as cranking out a podcast every week), this is an exciting new development. A completely new form of media might be on the cusp of emergence…and despite how nonplussed many (including myself) are about the current iPad, I think that might be the nascent device’s lasting legacy.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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