In celebrating its 75th year of publication, Esquire will publish its October issue with an e-ink cover that will flash “the 21st Century Begins Now.” Esquire first considered an e-ink cover eight years ago, reported Wired’s Charlie Sorrel, but more recent technological advancements in e-ink have enabled the magazine to make the idea a reality. The project is quite costly—at least six figures, according to Sorrel—and Ford will be its lone sponsor. The company that will produce the cover, E Ink, is the same whose technology is featured in the Amazon Kindle. As it happens, Hearst Corp., Esquire’s publisher, is a major shareholder
In his column on page 42, columnist Bob Sacks writes: “The only thing holding [digital magazine editions] back presently is a perfect substrate.” That’s sort of like saying, “The only thing holding me back from a fabulous singing career is my voice.”
U.S. News & World Report can now be subscribed to and downloaded via the Amazon Kindle, becoming the 16th electronic edition of a magazine available on Amazon’s platform. The announcement, made this week, comes just days after the creation of the U.S. News Media Group which was formed to focus on the brand’s digital offerings and will drop the frequency of U.S. News & World Report to biweekly starting in 2009. A monthly subscription is currently $1.99. “Providing our content on [the] Amazon Kindle makes it easier for readers to get accurate, timely and accessible information how and when they want it,” says Brian
There have been a lot of funerals for printed magazines lately, but I keep waiting for a eulogy that describes what exactly is being buried. There are three elements that are showing signs of mortality: the physical printed magazine, the role of editor as mediator, and the core magazine business model. The business model will have to wait for a future column, but now let’s look at the prognosis for the first two. On which grave should we leave the flowers? The Physical Object For the reading experience itself, no one prefers a screen to a magazine. What pulls us away from a printed
PopMatters.com, a popular independent pop culture Web site, has joined with Tribune Media Services (TMS) to launch a new Amazon Kindle digital magazine under the PopMatters brand. The Kindle magazine will feature articles, columns, reviews, interviews and blogs, covering all things pop culture. The magazine is currently available on a 14-day free trial and subscription basis on Amazon. Paid subscriptions cost $1.49 per month on Amazon. TMS will distribute the magazine but play no editorial role. “PopMatters is dedicated to bringing the best popular culture commentary to the world on the Web, in print through our new book series, and now on the
Last month, I had the pleasure of delivering a lecture at the Publishing Business Conference & Expo with David Renard, my partner at Media-Ideas. Addressing a packed room, we examined the five key issues that will affect our industry over the next decade and provided actionable advice to prepare publishers for that future. The trigger to these key issues is, simply put, “change.” We are faced with changes unprecedented in history. The “screenagers” have been a digital demographic from birth, growing up after the dawn of cellular (1983) and with the Internet (1993). They are a generation comfortable with immediate interaction and virtual access.
Bob Sacks continues to publish great commentary on his Web site and e-newsletter, the BoSacks Reporter. Bob’s a jovial guy who is engaging, smart and somewhat brazen, so when introduced to him for the first time a couple of years ago, we got along just fine.
For years now, Bob has talked about the future of “e-paper,” consistently providing some solid research to help support his thoughts on the merits of how we’ll all read magazines and books someday using “transparent plastic that contains millions of small microcapsules randomly dispersed” (huh?). With the emergence of the Amazon Kindle, you would think
In reviewing the Amazon Kindle, it is necessary to split the review into two parts: analysis of the device and of the e-paper it uses. I have read three novels (the “John Carter of Mars” series), two magazines and one newspaper on the Kindle. Here are my reactions to the three experiences: • The e-book experience is excellent and enjoyable. • The e-newspaper experience is fair, but the visuals, photos and charts are nonexistent, and that colored my reading and expectations. • The e-magazine is a complete flop. All that was delivered was straight text in a flat format. What distinguishes