The Smartphone is Ubiquitous, Addictive and Transformative

March 6, 2015

PlanetofthePhonesI didn’t write the headline for this entry. It’s in the February 28th edition of The Economist magazine. Smartphones are the cover story in the issue, headlined on the cover as “Planet of the Phones.” (more…)

One-Third of American Adults Own a Dedicated e-Reading Device

January 23, 2012

You’ll be seeing the graph below a lot in the next few days and weeks. Often the headline will read “20 per cent of Americans Own an e-Reader” or “Tablet and E-Book Reader Ownership Double Over the Holiday Gift-Giving Period” which is the theme of the Pew report announcement. But the big number appears on page two of the full report: “The number of Americans owning at least one of these digital reading devices jumped…to 29% in January.” I’m rounding it up to a third. You know, margin of error. (more…)

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Don’t Compare Specs, Compare Content

October 4, 2011

Thinking of the Amazon.com Kindle Fire as an iPad killer doesn’t illuminate the issue of how tablets and e-readers are impacting the future of publishing. Fire is aimed first at Barnes & Noble and its Nooks, and to a much lesser extent, at every other hardware company that thinks it might succeed in the tablet space. (Apple has already closed off the high end. Amazon has now effectively closed out the low-end to mid-range market.) (more…)

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