The iPad and eBooks: Benefits for Publishers

Apple’s iPad launched this month. I think the iPad will be as popular as the iPhone.

The iPad presents three specific features that make life better for publishers of ebooks.

  1. The iPad uses the ebook standard format, ePub. This means that publishers do not have to publish their ebooks in yet another format, saving time and money.
  2. The iPad has a color-display, something other e-readers have not had to date. The iPad may be the gateway for children’s picture books to be embraced in ebook format.
  3. Apple appears to be implementing their own DRM to secure ePub files. This will eliminate the need for publishers to use a DRM middleman resulting in better profits in publishers’ pockets.

If you have not seen what the iPad is like. Take a look at this video introducing it.

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What is Web 3.0?

I have been hearing a lot about Web 3.0 lately. I feel like I just got used to Web 2.0, the new interactive, social web. Now we are on to Web 3.0.

Just what is Web 3.0?

I found a video clip on YouTube of Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, explaining Web 3.0. Here is a paraphrase of what he says.

Web 3.0 is a new wave of Internet activity. Rather than applications (think software) built on the existing system, applications will now be pieced together and be:

  • Relatively small
  • Have their data in the cloud
  • Able to run on any device – PC and Mobile platforms
  • Very fast
  • Very customizable
  • Distributed by viral means, they will not be purchased at a store

There you have it: the new Web 3.0.

But wait, what exactly did Eric Schmidt say? What does this mean? If you don’t speak the language of computer programming, don’t despair. I will attempt to translate for you.

Web 3.0 is a new evolution in both computer and Internet use. It is a migration from the old standard of programs and data being stored on your personal computer’s hard drive to everything happening on the Internet.

Need to type a document? You no longer have to go out and purchase a copy of Microsoft Word. You can now find a place on the web to create your document and store it.

Want to save pictures from your digital camera? Just upload them to the web on a site such as Flickr. You can view your stored pictures anytime. No need to have them on a hard drive on your personal computer. With your pictures on the web, you can view them from your smart phone, your iPad, or your laptop.

With Web 3.0 there will no longer be a need for hard drives and packaged software programs. The Internet will become your hard drive and have all the software you need to access to create and store information. Think about all the applications already available for the iPhone.

Web 3.0 will not nullify Web 2.0. The interactive, social piece of the Internet will remain. The change is everything will be done on the Internet. We will all be plugged in. Maybe The Matrix will actually become a reality or just maybe Jesus Christ will return first.

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