The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy

The Apple iPad: Push or Pull?

January 27th, 2010

New iPad is a Large iPhone

…except that you can’t use it as a phone (not out of the box, at any rate). And it’s not really a computer, because it runs on the iPhone OS. So yes, as Steve Jobs pointed out, there are currently 140,000 applications for that OS, but most of them are better described as “applets” rather…

January 26th, 2010

More News About the Life of Print

“The McGraw-Hill Companies reported a 43.2% increase in fourth quarter EPS,” says today’s press release.(Log-in may be required). The big gains were in McGraw-Hill Education at 2.6% and in Financial Services at 10.6%. “Information & Media” declined by 11.4%; you’ll have to dig deeper than I have to figure that one out. The major message…

January 17th, 2010

The Potential of a Renewed Economic Crisis

I cheerfully admit to being a short-term economic pessimist, and a long term optimist. But I have been appalled recently to read the all-too-numerous accounts that happy days are (for sure, probably, or at least nearly) here again. My question is: What if they’re not? I believe that there is a tremendous amount of data…

January 17th, 2010

Adobe Drives Another Stake Through the Heart of Print

No press release was issued by Adobe, but a few press outlets caught the story. I found it the other day in PrintAction‘s weekly enewsletter. Clive Chan, PrintAction‘s associate editor, tells me that he picked up the story from Macworld UK. Further searching brings me to a blog entry from January 4, 2010 by the excellent journalist Cary…

January 16th, 2010

Amazon will Not go Quietly or Quickly

A fine blog post from Joe Esposito that I wish I’d written…a small excerpt: Empires, by definition, begin their decline at their peak. Today Amazon bestrides the publishing world like Caesar, and it may seem far-fetched to think of this company slipping from its dominant position. There is some doubt, however, that Amazon can continue…

January 10th, 2010

Top 10 eBook Readers

It is the bane of the current eBook mania that I must, as your humble servant, continue to give this subject far more coverage than I would like to. At the Las Vegas (“City of Disappointment and Personal Bankruptcy”) CES (Consumer Electronics Show) which ended today, there were a slew of new eBook reader introductions….