"While the Kindle and Nook 3G readers have no monthly access fees, the iPad 3G's data plans start at $15 a month. But plenty of users are willing to fork that over, and the iPad features a variety of e-book applications — including the "BN eReader," which connects to Barnes & Noble's e-book store.
"Thanks to that kind of competition, the price tag of the Nook, Kindle and other reading-only devices will probably fall to $99 toward the end of 2010, Weiner said.
"The devices just didn't evolve quickly enough," Weiner said. "It's possible that this E-Ink tech has had a very short life. In the future, I can see book publishers giving them away with a bundle of e-books."
"One thing weâ€™ve learned about online advertising, says Brad Flora, founder and president of Chicagoâ€™s Windy Citizen: â€œBanner ads suck.â€ Big time. â€œTheyâ€™re static, theyâ€™re boring, readers donâ€™t like to see them â€” and publishers donâ€™t like to sell them.â€
"But online advertising doesnâ€™t have to be adversarial, Flora realized; done well, it can actually serve the interests of media consumers and media producers at the same time. And local ads, in particular, can be informative and entertaining and â€” hey, maybe! â€” illuminating. Couple that with the fact that, according to reports that the local online ad space is going to be a $9 billion market by 2012â€¦and investing in attempts to make local ads more engaging is an idea that may be just crazy enough to work"
Excellent podcast that's really about sports media and the role it plays in the culture of sports, sports fans, and society. About 46 min into this episode, they make some really interesting observation about why it's OK — and maybe even a good thing — that online comments often showcase the worst in people.