Journalism

May 25, 2010

iPad the newspaper saviour? Nah, it’s just a fun diversion

The hype around the iPad as the savior of newspapers is fun -- but it's wrong. But iPad newspaper apps make a fascinating diversion from the real, continuing dilemma for publishers, writes Tony Faure.

The hype around the iPad as the saviour of the newspaper industry is fun but wrong. And iPad newspaper apps are a fascinating diversion from the real, continuing dilemma for publishers — which is if, and how, they can successfully charge a substantial number of consumers for their digitally delivered content.

The iPad changes nothing except the form factor of the device and — if anything — brings this problem into sharper focus.

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