Sunday, February 8, 2009

All Media On Demand

First, from Slashdot:
eldavojohn writes
"On Friday, CBS launched a TV Classics section to their ad based online service. Which means that Trekkies can now watch all three seasons of Star Trek: The Original Series online at the expense of a few commercials. Alongside this CBS is offering all of MacGyver, Twin Peaks and even three seasons of the original Twilight Zone. A side note, they seem to work perfectly fine in Linux. "

Second, from Google's book search blog:
One of the great things about an iPhone or Android phone is being able to play Pacman while stuck in line at the post office. Sometimes though, we yearn for something more than just playing games or watching videos.

What if you could also access literature's greatest works, such as Emma and The Jungle Book, right from your phone? Or, some of the more obscure gems such as Mark Twain's hilarious travelogue, Roughing It? Today we are excited to announce the launch of a mobile version of Google Book Search, opening up over 1.5 million mobile public domain books in the US (and over half a million outside the US) for you to browse while buying your postage.

Continue reading.

Third, from CNN:
After years of trying to convince readers to ditch their hardcovers and paperbacks in favor of digital readers, electronic-book manufacturers are having their moment in the sun. Hot on the heels of the success of its Kindle e-reader, online bookseller Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) is widely expected to unveil a new version of the device next week.

Sony (SNE), meanwhile, has been heavily marketing its electronic reader, and industry executives say more tablets for electronic books are on the way.

Continue reading.

Add these three items together and you can get a glimpse of the future of media consumption trends over the next few years. But how do content producers get money for their work in such a world? We'll need to figure that out--and the sooner the better.

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