The one thing I really like with the Nook Color software is the social sharing part. You can highlight text and share it over Twitter and Facebook or by mail. Additionally you can recommend the book to others.
In some ways this new Nook is an iPad with less. There are some apps. I’m curious to see what this device is capable of and if it will catch on. Much will depend on pricing.
Bye bye CD and DVD. I still use the DVD drive on my MBP but only install software I can’t get by download, to pass on files to colleagues and to do backups. CDs and DVDs are cheap but easily scratched and a hassle to dispose off. They have to be shredded unless you want someone else to be able to read them.
“Just like iPad, there’s automatic installation, auto-updates, a 70 / 30 revenue split for developers, one-click downloads, and the license works for all personal Macs. “
If you can think a Mac App Store makes sense after the success of Apple’s App Store for iOS devices. For the average consumer this way of buying and installing apps is much more convenient and reduces the hurdle for those users not very computer literate. Besides that it gives Apple an additional revenue stream.
More years down the road we might be faced with a closed software market all channeled through this Mac App Store. To install other non Apple sanctioned apps (software) you would then also have to jailbreak your Mac.
Another go at what reading of the future might look like. They don’t see Libdroid as a rival to ebooks but an alternative which allows the inclusion of media and links. Right now there is an iPad app as a start.
“While consumers needs and habits are making the shift from analog to digital a priority, it’s innovation and software that is ultimately powering what we can do. This is just the first of many phases in the digital media revolution. Right now, we’re taking older content and making it better and more accessible on a digital device. In the future, content is going to be built specifically for these devices. That’s when the script will really be flipped.”—The Reinvention of Print, One App at a Time