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I have a “the problem with iPad magazine apps” post brewing within me, but I have a bit more research and a post on “why the iPad ain’t a blogging workstation…yet” post to do first. In the meantime, there’s a couple of other posts on the subject well worth a read.
So, that’s the first idea: simply browsing the web through Safari appears to seriously challenge publishers’ efforts to create good applications.
That could explain why many apps appear stuck in two weird modes. The first one involves encapsulating the web experience into an app, and coming up with a design closer to the original paper. For the second mode, newspapers and magazines choose to replicate the carbon-based reading experience on the iPad with PDF-based reading applications. Not exactly a great leap forward either.
Too many traditional news vendors, it seems to me, see Apple’s open hand as a way of reformatting/repackaging exactly what they’ve already done on the assumption that the reason we have been buying less newsprint is because it wasn’t available in a beautiful digital format.
That doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t sit on the train each morning pining for a copy of the Guardian to read. I get on with participation and interacting with other people discussing stuff that’s way more relevant to me than the vast majority of stuff in ANY newspaper.
While I agree with the broad sentiment here, there is a problem with the specific example given – trains are the one place where I can’t guarantee an internet connection, even with my 3G iPad. I’ve worked around this mostly through the use of Instapaper to save those posts I want to consume at length, and have available offline for the train. Only one of the articles currently in my Instapaper account come from traditional media, though.