Thursday, May 6, 2010

All The News That's Fit To Buy

The advent of the iPad means two things for medialand. It means failing newspapers can save themselves if they have the guts to do so, and it means the sudden and well-deserved demise of the once-dominant "news should be free" Internet mantra that has hobbled the industry.

Since I know next to zero about technological workings, I would listen to someone who does: L.A. broadcast journalist Rich DeMuro, an editor for Techmeme. While DeMuro views Amazon's reading device, the Kindle, as the "most likely book replacement," he considers the iPad "great for a rich multimedia reading experience and accessing the widest variety of Web content."

This should give papers the electronic handiness and portability always offered by their print versions, and the sure-to-come permutations, improvements and new models of e-readers will only accentuate this virtue.

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