First up, the Kindle DX.
Like the grandad, it's malodorous, inappropriate and needs to be put to bed.
When it was announced, Amazon's new big-screen e-book reader, the Kindle DX, was heralded as the saviour of newspapers. The larger screen real estate was seen as perfect for magazines, newspapers and textbooks. But, when it was launched there was a collective gulp at the price, just south of $500 US. That's a pretty pricey saviour, especially since that's before the cost of the magazines, newspapers and textbooks that are supposed to find a new home on the device.
Social media is great for discovering our world and connecting the globe. Locally? That's a little bit trickier.
CanTags wants to change that. A CanTag is a seven letter tag or keyword you can use to share your news with your neighbours, rabble.ca and everyone else.
It’s simple. The first part of the CanTag are the first three letters of your city or town: e.g. WIN for Winnipeg. Then, add the topic of your content in three or four addition letters: ARTS, BIZ, SPO, etc.
Recently on J-Source Kirk LaPointe, the managing editor of the Vancouver Sun, argued that when the cost of news is sliced and diced a lot of pricey items like infrastructure, IT, HR, salespeoples' salaries, legal fees, marketing etc. aren't tossed into the mix.
In the past month a handful of mainstream journalists have sojourned in the foreign territory that is Twitter. They were doing early reconnaissance for their reading publics in an attempt to make sense of a communications medium that is growing at a rate traditional media can only imagine in fevered and nostalgic wet dreams.
Ian Brown, a writer I greatly admire, got it into his head that people Twitter because they fear death. His column on the subject is behind a pay-firewall, the irony of which should not be ignored.
Fear that U.S. publishers will ship directly into Canada and erode Canadian publisher' purpose or revenue stream. Fear that a financially-frightened federal government will choke off the IV drip funding the industry depends on.
Here in Canada, the Kingston Whig-Standard has lost 25 per cent of its newsroom since the beginning of the year and the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and other Canadian papers are shucking staff as well.
About 24 million of Canada's 33 million citizens are online. What percentage of them stream videos each month? Bonus question: What percentage visit a social network?
You guessed low. Way low.
According to fresh data presented at Podcamp Toronto by Comscore Inc.'s Catherine Moelker, the answer in both cases is 85 per cent. And, those of us who watch video, watch a lot. On average we catch 120 videos a month per person. And, on average the 85 per cent of online Canadians who visit a social network spent six hours per month each. Ninety-six per cent of online Canadians get there via high speed access (higher than the 85 per cent in the U.S.).