Friday, May 28, 2010

Today is the international debut of tablet publishing: a live blog of iPad news, new app launches, and more

A live blog of new media apps and events surrounding today's international launch of Apple's iPad:

The Guardian this morning reports on the launch of the iPad in Britain, reporting that Stephen Fry, the actor/comedian, who seems to be at every Apple launch, was on hand in London, as well.

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"Just think of it as like if Lady Gaga were releasing a new album in a record store in New York and the frenzy there'd be – it's a cultural event rather than a technical one because the nature of the iPad is cultural rather than technological," Fry is quoted by the Guardian.

International media apps have been filtering their way into the iTunes store over the past few days. Just like their U.S. counterparts, publishers overseas are using different models -- from totally free, to free app/paid subscription, etc.

One of the more outlandish models being employed is coming from eGazety for a string of individual newspaper apps.
Apps for Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Parkiet, and Rzeczpospolita, all Polish newspapers, will set you back anywhere from $24.99 to $34.99 for a year's worth of access.

eGazety had previously this month released a free iPad and iPhone app, eGaxety Reader, which provides access to "300 eNewspapers".

Did you read the Mediabistro interview with Samir Husni, the man who promotes himself as Mr. Magazine?

Here is the money quote which concerns digital:
I bought an iPad. I am forcing myself to love it. I mean, heck, I figured I spent $700, I better love this thing. I mean I didn't really enjoy the magazine experience on it, like some people who were like -- because, you know, if you are not interested in the subject matter, no matter how many bells and whistles you are going to add, it's not going to convince you to buy it on the iPad instead of print. People who think the salvation of our magazine industry is going to be on an iPad or in digital delivery, they need to think twice.
What can I say? In a battle for the future I'll gladly line-up in the corner of digital.

Here is a new YouTube video from Australia: the Apple Store in Bondi Junction, an eastern suburb of Sydney, opens for business this morning at 8:00 AM local time. A long line of prospective iPad buyers march in to pick up their devices. Warning: turn down the volume.

more to come