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22/12/2009

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Stuart

Hmm, I'm not convinced that a new device is required for this, at least technologically speaking. Mobile phone handsets are big enough to read articles on but small enough (just about) to fit in the pocket. Who's going to carry a tablet PC/Mac around with them all day?

Magazines can already be published as a website, accessible via a subscriber login, so there's no need for a new device or publishing format. The debate about whether a new device can somehow "save" the magazine industry might be informed by looking to the Kindle. Is it saving book and newspaper publishing? (In fact, does the Kindle already offer magazine downloads?)

Sam

I'd agree. iTunes is a very different beast than anything else that was available at the time. I feel that unless pretty much every major publisher moves to charging at once, the temptation for some of them to remain free to view will be too great.

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