The New Frontier for IPads and EReaders – Media Minute

We just posted a fairly critical overview of the iPad after its announcement and I think this week's New Media Minute offers a compelling reason why the iPad may actually succeed.

The comic business is estimated to be a $1 billion business annually but it's one of the few media forms that hasn't yet fully transitioned to the digital world. That may change with the coming influx of Apple iPads and sexy new eReaders. The business of digital comics is also one TV networks are already starting to leverage, including Starz, which created a motion comic for its popular new original TV series Spartacus. Check out this week's New Media Minute.

I think that I'm starting to be a bit more open with regard to the iPad, even despite its lack of video functionality (although I imagine it will be added soon enough.) Last week, I was listening to Daisy's friend, Leo Laporte of on a local station (KFI 640AM) and he referred to the iPad as "A great media consumption device." Similar to the iPad, I suppose it is and I think that Leo offered the best description of the iPad's main value proposition at this point.

I'm still not getting one until they cater somewhat to the creative side of me. I would like a device that lets records video among other things.

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By day, Daisy Whitney is a producer, on-air correspondent, podcaster and raconteur in the new media business. She produces conferences for iMedia and provides strategy consulting to businesses on their online video presence and the online video marketplace. As a reporter, Daisy covers new media for NBC’s KNTV,, Beet.TV, MediaPost and others. She also hosts the top-ranked iTunes audio podcast “This Week in Media,” which you should totally subscribe to. View All Posts By -

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  • Grant Crowell

    Its funny that during the video there's a promo for a book based on Daisy's T-Shirt, but I can't see a clear enough visual of the t-shirt to tell if I actually like it!

  • JeffBach

    #1 – It seems like the form factor of an IPad would make it quite difficult to record video or even stills. Holding it in the accustomed manner looks to be difficult. Attaching to a tripod looks difficult. Do you see recording video/stills as a camera embedded in the bezel looking up at you as you look into the IPad?

    #2 – The 4:3 shape of this device really seems like a strong inducement for publishers to come on board. Mags, papers and books are all more like 4:3 than 16:9.

    #3 – Not using Flash video is a bold step, but……given that a significant chunk of video editing is done on Final Cut Pro, I do think that huge numbers of editors would quickly realize that they can stop with the mpeg4/h.264 product that FCP provides and not have to take that into Flash or some other Flash encoding step.

    #4 – My concern (and it may be silly, but I haven't wrapped around it yet) is one on multi-tasking on an IPad.

    If I embed a video clip inside of an article and the reader then clicks on the video or that link to the video, could I have the video open in another browser or another tab or another window OR would that count as a second application and so not open unless I closed the article that spawned it? In other words, does having two open browser windows count as multi-tasking?

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