Sunday, March 01, 2009

Hearst to launch a wireless e-reader - Feb. 27, 2009

More on the potential future of newspapers, via TechFlash.  Check out the Microsoft future scenario video in the resource I referenced yesterday, for some compelling examples of how this could all evolve.

Against a backdrop of plummeting ad revenue for newspapers and magazines, and rising costs for paper and delivery, Hearst Corp., is getting set to launch an electronic reader that it hopes can do for periodicals what Amazon's Kindle is doing for books.

According to industry insiders, Hearst, which publishes magazines ranging from Cosmopolitan to Esquire and newspapers including the financially imperiled San Francisco Chronicle, has developed a wireless e-reader with a large-format screen suited to the reading and advertising requirements of newspapers and magazines. The device and underlying technology, which other publishers will be allowed to adapt, is likely to debut this year.

Hearst to launch a wireless e-reader - Feb. 27, 2009

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