Technology Trends: The Future of Magazines

Printed magazines are declining. Earlier this year I put printed newspapers on my Technology Death List. Magazines are suffering the same fate. As ad revenues are declining, partly due to the recessions, and the subscription base is shrinking for some (see A Graphic History of Magazine Income Over the Last Decade). The reasons is simple. The Internet is taking over some roles of the magazines, as people increasingly prefer the net as a medium. But if you take the distribution channel away and look at magazines as content, there is no reason magazines can’t survive in a new digital networked world. If fact magazines might even be reinvented in the new medium.

Now Time magazine has given us a preview of what the future might be (see Demo of Time Inc.’s Manhattan Project). Future, as in next year, that is:

The year 2010 will likely be the year of the netbook tablet, something like an oversize iPod Touch with a 10″ or 13″ screen (see For 2010, IDC Predicts an Apple iPad and Battles in the Cloud). Devices like this will be perfect for reading newspapers and magazines.

I wrote about book disruption in a previous post. One conclusion I came to was that new forms of story telling might show up. Interactive mediums offer much more opportunities than a liner restrictions of a book (or a magazine). Maybe this is the way for newspapers and magazines to reinvent themselves in the new digital channel.

2 thoughts on “Technology Trends: The Future of Magazines”

  1. Lots of of bloggers aren’t really pleased with this new iPad.There was too much hoopla regarding it and lots of people got disapointed.You see, I actually see great deal of the cool potential uses of the gadget. Third-party apps for composing music, games, newsprints and magazine and books, all sorts of good stuff, but IMHO they failed to sell it right (excluding the books). It looks kind of incomplete

  2. ryday applications include a web browser (Google Chrome) and Microsoft Office. Most of my professors teach from Power Points, and it makes my life so much simpler having the PPT on my screen that I can annotate while listening to the lecture. Another worry was the power plug issues I read about on Amazon: I have used the netbook for several months now, and have never had an issue with the device not charging. Yes, the plug from the adapter to the netbook is a little small, but you can really feel it “click” into place, and a light on the front of the computer tells you it’s charging. The adapter itself can run a little hot, but nothing hotter than other electronics we have. I was also extremely impressed at how comfortable the keyboard is. I love the feel of typing on it, and have not had any issues transferring from a regular-sized keyboard to a smaller one. I was also worried that it’s small size would equate to something delicate, but I am rough on my electronics, and the ASUS has handled a few rou

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