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The mobile future of newspapers

July 28, 2010 by  

New York Times app on iPad. Photo by AppleNewspapers have been looking for the Holy Graal for a long time. Finally, a new breed of mobile reading devices makes some publishers believe they are the future. Let’s have a look beyond the hype about iPads.

Here’s an overview of the latest developments in the mobile Internet industry. I used current reports from Morgan Stanley, Distimo, NetMarketShare and other sources published in June or July 2010.

The presentation features also some early findings on usage of newspapers on iPad thanks to John Einar Sandvand of a Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten. John Einar disclosed them during his speech at the Oxford Tablet Summit organized in May by INMA, Innovations Media Consulting Group and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. We had been trying to ask the right questions in Oxford — the list is included in the slideshow. Where to find the answers?

I hope we will be able to learn more this September in Kraków, Poland, at the annual INMA/OPA Europe Newsmedia Conference where we plan to have a special session on tablets and mobile reading devices. As we want to share the most current case studies, we are going to put them on the programme very close to date of conference. Expect then the unexpected.

Update: This deck made one of three Top Presentations of the Day at SlideShare on July 28, 2010. I think it just proves how important this topic is today.

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