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Look closely. Does the pane style of the new Twitter.com look familiar to you? It should. It’s essentially a version of the sleek new Twitter iPad app but optimized for the web.

This completely validates our thinking about next gen web design and UX starting to be driven by tablet design metaphors. Here the new version of Twitter is actually based on the previous redesign work done for the iPad!

via Fast Company

A shark man! Cash cannons! Mexican stereotypes! A dance-off! The New York Times and Wall Street Journal could both learn a few … Read More >>

via All Things Digital

Since the iPad was announced, we’ve been waiting for the day when the tablet and its iPhone operating system could be melded … Read More >>

Inkling has produced a groundbreaking platform for interactive content publishing in a market that’s primed for innovation,” said Mr. Schreier. “With its visionary product strategy and phenomenal team, Inkling is leading the way for digital content platforms, not just in education, but in digital publishing everywhere. We’re excited to be a part of it.

Content For iPad Makes New Strides

Content created specifically for the iPad benefited from a few major announcements this week. Zinio announced an innovative new package from its partnership with Rolling Stone magazine, and Sideways announced what could be the first actual readership study from an iPad specific content property.

via digidaydaily.com

via Joe Wikert’s Publishing 2020 Blog

The following is a guest blog post written by Matt Mitchell, Founder & CEO of MediaPass. I love what he has to say about the … Read More >>

A new, comprehensive assessment of consumer demand for interactive periodicals projects the potential for $3 billion in revenue for the U.S. magazine and newspaper industry by 2014.

Interesting to note that Oliver Wyman’s “Future Marketplace Simulation”
platform was used to quantify expected demand across nearly 230 periodical titles, with a survey of 1,800 U.S. consumers, demonstrating the likely formats and features of emerging interactive periodicals and simulated actual purchase / consumption decisions that consumers will be making by the 2011 holiday season and beyond.

via flowtown.com

A nice persona development starting point resource if “Millenials” are your potential customers…

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As a followup to the post raising the question if the line between eBooks and Apps is becoming blurred, I found this video that nicely demonstrates some of the interaction and content engagement that takes place when using this App/eBool.

I think this must be extremely expensive to produce, but on the other hand emerging class of consumers expect a greater amount of engagement and interaction with content, then they may just be willing to pay for it.

It does lead to several questions on what skill upgrades are necessary to become an author in a post tree world.

Will the line between being an author, being a programmer and being a designer also blur?
Or will the author of the future be coordinator, will producing such content rely on better and more streamlined collaboration between team members, each responsible for only a portion?
Should one really need to know Objective C, Adobe After Effects, 3D design programs to produce interesting and valued content?

User generated content trend of the past 5 years empowered the end users to author more directly, but the ability to produce interactive content and package it into eBooks / Apps of the future will escape many mainstream content generators until the tools to simplify such creations arrive.

Therein lies an opportunity to market new tools to empower individual authors to more easily produce such interactive and engaging content.

It would seems so, ASUS is releasing a 10-inch Android Eee Pad for less than $399, the 8-inch Eee Tablet will be positioned at $300, other tablets are on the way…

read the full report via engadget.com