Monthly Archives: January 2011

Quote Of The Day: Save Your Public Library Edition

Guest Blog -Librarian and Fabulous All Around Woman – Robin “@Tuphlos” Bradford

The point is — libraries let people in on the secret of all the great books that will never see the light of day on a bestseller list.

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List Of iTunes App Store iPad Magazines

Update, May 12, 2011: I see this is a very popular post here. Understand that this list is not comprehensive and that it has not been updated since it was first posted. I don’t intend to do any update, either.

The App Store is a disorganized disaster and this list is further proof of it.

This is a list of magazines created by using the search term “magazine” in the App Store (for iPad), using the desktop iTunes software.

If you have a magazine for sale and it’s not on this list, your business is in deep shit if you’re counting on Apple helping people find it by “magazine” word search!

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Thoughts On The Future Of The Magazine

iPad Mags Need A New Blueprint

His bottom line: Social, Realtime, Local.

Social: I can understand in relation to wanting to share things with others — outbound from the magazine. I don’t understand it in relation to having a stream of pointless tweets appearing — inbound to the magazine.

Realtime is not something I understand at all. Most people in the know would actually turn to Search Twitter and follow a hashtag, as I’ve done for the Mumbai terror attacks and the New Zealand Christchurch quake and as people are today doing with Egypt.

Local: This would be like combining USA Today with the NY Daily News. Not something I think is going to happen any time soon. And what do you do about “local” for someone who is living away from a major population center where it’s not cost effective to provide local?

Of more interest are the Comments, where people who want to buy the magazines are speaking out.

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Tablet Periodicals Links #3

This might all come to nothing on my end, but still, I’ll keep collecting them Just In Case. I won’t do them every day, though. I’ll just grab them in bunches and do a one-all post every few days.

iPad Mags Need A New Blueprint

Macworld Releases “Daily Reader” Free iPad App

@ DLD: James Murdoch: ‘99 Cents A Week Makes Sense’ For The Daily
Apple, News Corp to hold event to launch The Daily
News Corp.’s iPad magazine launching Feb. 2

What’s next for what’s left of Wizard?
ComiXology Announces Program for Retailers to Sell Digital Comics
ComiXology to let retailers sell digital comics


Start-Up Opens a One-Stop Shop for the News
Social News Site Ongo Combines Aggregation And Paywalls
The Way We Read Now: The Atavist Finds a Publishing Future in Long-Form Nonfiction

Apple tightens rules for iPad news delivery
People Like iPad Magazine Ads! (Says iPad Magazine Company)
The New New Media: Apple’s Subscription Model
ASME Unveils New Guidelines for Magazine Web Sites
Study: iPad ads boost key marketing metrics
The Bonfire Agency heats up part 1: Ed Catto

Nook, Magazines See the Color of Money

Let’s Do the Math: Digital Comics Revenues vs. Print Comics Revenues

Graciemag iPad Edition

These are not directly related, yet are connected:

Idle Thought On Comics And Social Media
Into The Skid
What’s Going On With Kevin Smith?
A Quick Daybook Note
The Literarian
Real Men Launch Paid-Only Apps…
Goodbye, $.99 iPhone apps!

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eInk Nook Reading Google Books PDF

Well, this is very interesting and not even a test I had considered asking anyone to do!

Uwe F. Mayer took the initiative to try the Google Books PDF of Success: A Novel [or Google Docs link] — a standard PDF I use for tests — and put it on his classic eInk Nook!

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Users Aren’t Stupid. You’re Being Smug.

Rising to the Occasion With a Bakery Chain

Q. What’s your best tip for other entrepreneurs?

A. It’s not about starting a business. It’s about solving problems. That’s what being an entrepreneur is. Find a problem that there’s a better way to solve. Get a vision of how it could work better, and stick with it.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Bob Lefsetz tweeted what I boldfaced yesterday as well as the article link.

That was the second time in one day I encountered the “Solve a problem” exhortation. The first might have been in one of several Paul Graham essays I was browsing through on my LifeDrive.

Ignoring that exhortation is why some people will always lose.

Ignoring that exhortation also leads to some of the absolutely staggeringly-clueless Comments my prior post has gotten about a recent encounter I had with Windows 7 and contrasting it to an iPad.

I recounted the problems I had. Commenters swept them aside. They don’t see that Windows 7 is a problem that the iPad solves.

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Windows 7: The Best iPad Seller!

So today I had to help someone set up some things on a new Windows 7 notebook.

This is a notebook mainly used for casual offline game-playing.

Until today.

When it had to get on the Internet.

And really, the Internet tasks it will do are ordinary things: email and some online game-playing.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Aldiko Experiment

Bill Miranda got a Samsung Galaxy Tab this week.

As usual, this called for a Science Experiment!

He installed Aldiko 2.0 and I sent him the standard test ePub again. He sent back screensnaps with this report:

Page turn animation doesn’t work though turned on. Pages slide. Response good at reading speed but you sometimes get a second of “loading” if scrolling through pages at rapid clip. It isn’t iBooks beautiful but certainly functional.

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Tablet Sizes: Samsung Galaxy Tab Vs. iPad

Steven Troughton-Smith photos.

Portrait Samsung Galaxy Tab on top of landscape iPad:

Click = ginormous

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Samsung Pimps Galaxy Tab Like iPad

Samsung’s ad agency has caught on to Apple’s NYC ad blitz tactics. The ads aren’t as prevalent as iPad ads, but this one is appearing where an iPad ad once did:

Click = big

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