Several of you who routinely read my blog posts have asked why I’ve stopped. It certainly isn’t for lack of interesting things happening in the world. It’s been more a function of time. For those of you who try to blog regularly, you know how time consuming this can be. But enough of the excuses: let’s give this another shot. Here are some random thoughts:
- Reports seem to indicate that the publishing industry — especially newspapers — is rebounding a little. Revenue projections look better; the advertising slide won’t be as bad in 2010 as it was in 2009. But this should provide little comfort since the traditional sources of revenue aren’t coming back, and publishers are still having a hard time finding new revenue streams.
- The iPad’s taken everyone by storm. I’ve seen it, used it, and it is a nice device that will have value among a certain segment of the population. But how popular will it be long term? In the end, it looks to me to be a niche product.
- Tablet computers are getting a lot of press, just like e-readers were a year ago. And, a year from now, some other device will overshadow tablets. It’s the way of the tech world.
I’ll explore all of these in more depth in the weeks ahead.