The new year is upon us, so you know what brings; a list of new resolutions that go unfulfilled, a gym membership that won't be used beyond February and a list of predictions for the next 12 months. Luckily, digital publishing isn't a topic that is beaten to death, so perhaps this list will provide some insight and thought for what the future of our industry may behold in 2012.
If you've preordered the Amazon Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble hopes you're now having second thoughts.
That's the message of the just-announced $249 Nook Tablet, the successor to 2010's Nook Color (which remains on the market for $199). The new 7-inch color tablet equals many of the basic specs of the Kindle Fire, but justifies its $50 price premium over Amazon's model by offering several notable upgrades.
Amazon.com today unveiled its long-awaited color tablet, the Amazon Kindle Fire, at an event in New York that also saw the introduction of two new e-readers.
Based on evidence from current trends, smart phones will be ubiquitous, tablets will see a huge adoption rate, and e-readers will generate relatively low sales but enjoy a loyal customer base, Bill Trippe, a consultant with media research firm Gilbane Group, recently told a room full of publishing industry stakeholders in New York City.
Digital publishing vendor YUDU Media announced today that it has launched the first cross-platform self-publishing solution, enabling its YUDU Pro customers to create their own digital publications that are viewable on the web, iPad and iPhone via custom-built branded apps.
The sharp rise in e-book activity on the iPhone indicates that Apple is positioned to take market share from the Amazon Kindle as it did from the Nintendo DS. Despite the smaller form factor of the display, we predict that the iPhone will be a significant player in the book category of the media and entertainment space. Further, with Apple working on a larger tablet form factor, running on the iPhone OS, we believe Jeff Bezos and team will face significant competition.