Magical interaction with tablet publications

 

The Daily Prophet, the wizard newspaper agency, has its publishing secret leaked out from the magical world when J. K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series. So, on 2nd Feb 2011, the News Corp. and the Apple Corps. Ltd. has created an iPad eNewspaper app called The Daily.

 

Unlike a printed version or a digital online eNewspaper, subscribers can interact with the interactive graphics, 360 degree photos, Sudoku or crossword puzzles. And they can leave comments in written or audio form on the news articles. Its new mode of publishing definitely gives us a brand new experience in reading newspaper! As for eBooks, David Eaglemsn’s Why the Net Matters developed especially for iPad impressed me so much.
He has demonstrated how we should use or read his book:

The ‘reading’ process has now taken new dimensions and incorporate reading, listening, touching, commenting, note-taking , copying, editing and exploring the content of the book and accessing internet links on related topics. From now on, we do not simply read books— we ‘interact’ with eBooks! As  journalist John Naughton said, “the iPad is altering the very concept of a ‘book‘”.

 

From the printing press to the online newspaper, different modes of publishing changes people’s way of engaging with the media. Now with the increasing popularity of portable tablet devices such as Amazon Kindle Series, SONY PRS Series, Nook, iPad 1 and 2, more and more apps were developed in bringing convenience and enjoyment for people. Users can flip the page simply by dragging the virtual page with one’s fingertip.

 

 

The portable pad are becoming smaller and lighter. Launched just last week, the iPad2 is 15% lighter than the earlier model with added new features and functions. People, whether or not already Apple users, are fascinated by those novel features and multiplicity of functions in the new gadget. I got myself an iPad a few months ago, and I am reading more news than I used to. I have taken some photos comparing the use of iPad with viewing tablet news, printed newspaper and laptop online news. Do take a look and decide for yourself whether reading with iPad is an better option.

 

From now on, information and knowledge can be accessed and transmitted instantly. Textbooks or fictions from bookshops, newspaper and magazines from news agencies are now available for download by a few touches on your eTablet and you may even save them up. Your handbag or pocket is now carrying a library with tonloads of all your favourite collections!  These great inventions allow people to read anytime and anywhere.

 


With this new way of publishing, it is predicted that print publications may eventualy die a natural death. Barnes & Noble, a global large bookseller, has already closed down business. More are expected to follow. The Donald W. Reylonds Journalism Institute has conducted a survey in December 2010 at the University of Missouri. It found that iPad news apps may diminish newspaper print subscriptions as iPad news consumers prefer newspaper apps to printed newspaper or those on the website.

 

 

To me, reading is an unique experience. I feel quite excited about the new interactive ways to engage with these portable electronic gadgets as I can interact with the graphics, processing and accessing  books and magazines in it without buying and storing them. The most wonderful thing is that I can read the newspaper now with the new eNewspaper App on iPad, where I can zoom in and flip the page with its multi-touch system.

 


However I do enjoy reading a real book. I love the smell of the pages and inks, I love the physical page turning, I love the feeling its hard cover, especially those covers printed with different texture with protuberant and indentations. I am currently subscribing to the The Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Telegraph. I do hope they can survive in this competitive market, and I don’t mind paying to support the printed publications. How does having your own portable library with magical interactive books and newspaper sounds to you? Do you think the print publications are not replaceable?

 

 

 

The ‘reading’ process has now taken new dimensions and incorporate reading, listening, touching, commenting, note-taking, copying, editing and exploring the contents of the book and accessing internet links on related topics. From now on, we do not simply read books— we ‘interact’ with eBooks! As journalist John Naughton said, “the iPad is altering the very concept of a ‘book‘”.

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