We have out a piece which looks at the hopes and ambitions of traditional publishers of newspapers, magazines and books in the run-up to the unveiling of Apple’s long-awaited iPad tablet device on Saturday. The consensus seems to be that the iPad will be a great boost for the industry. Pictured above is the April issue of Interview magazine‘s version which will be available for 99 cents on launch day.
Here are a few more thoughts we couldn’t get into the piece:
What does the iPad mean for Amazon’s Kindle?
Brian Murray, CEO Harper Collins:
“People love their Kindle but I think there’s room in the market for both a dedicated book reader like the Kindle, Sony Reader or (Barnes & Noble’s) Nook. But there’s room for a single device that can accommodate books, magazines, and newspapers and surfing the Internet like the iPad. My view is the price of the Kindle,Nook and Sony Reader is going to drop dramatically I suspect to under $100 so there will be a market for certain.”
John Makinson CEO Penguin Books:
“I don’t think there’s likely to be one dominant provider because the Kindle is a very competitive platform.”
Yesterday venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers doubled its iPhone app developer fund to $200 million as it eyes new opportunities from the iPad. Does the iPad create a new opportunity for investors?
Scott Singer, media investment banker at BankStreet and author of “How to Hit a Curveball”: