Marc, thanks for breaking it down. I am kind of thinking whether this PC is for creating and tablet is for consuming is going to change in future. I do not have much experience but before i got used to reading news/articles/writing on PC, i was more comfortable doing those activities on paper. But now i do not even touch a paper for days. Everything is digital. Now, i was also used to using a keyboard and much wider screen for my work but not i am getting used to 12" to 13" screen, who knows what future holds.
Staying on the topic of Amazon Kindle content, it would appear that if you have items that are available for the Kindle you get more exposure than a traditional bound book. Even if the price of the story is only$2.00, more people are exposed to this offering due to recommendations from Kindle. When you are purchasing traditional books, nobody is recommending similar offerings that might interest you.
The tablets are surely making transition and entering into evrybody's life. They are today's magazines, paperbacks, cartoon and quiz books and all that reading material. We need not compare them with Laptops and notebooks which are supposed to be the work horses. Tablets are just Simple and Silly! and should be enjoyed that way.
I agree tablets are very light in weight and easy in carrying but what about the functionality. I see tablets are mainly for entertainment and for web browsing it can not be utilized for computational works and for doing heavy calculations.
Maxmin, Check out the wide range of tablets available in the market here. Some of these are so small they easily fit in a jacket pocket and yet are as useful as bigger ones like the iPad or the Samsung Galaxy. They are also very light, eliminating the weight drag.
I saw a comment a couple of weeks ago like this: "If I were a woman, I'll buy a tablet because I can put it in my purse when I'm on the move. But as a man, I can't put it anywhere and have to carry it around so I absolutely prefer to carry a more powerful laptop that has a keyboard and full fucntional office suite and other applications on it when on the move."
I agree w/ Barbara on that. And by the way, if you want to get more info on tablet consumption and useage, I'd recommend the trade group RSPA (Retail Systems Products Association) or http://www.rspa.org.
You only got lost halfway through? You did better than I did. I was lost from the start.
More seriously, the goal was to say: okay, here's how this particular kind of sausage gets made. So what does tablet technology mean for the sausage factory? Because the old model is broken, at least for the sort of work I do. PC vs Tablet matters because of what a few people have mentioned: the emerging distinction in devices between those primarily for creation (computing, one might even call it) and those that seem best for consumption (that's why they call them eReaders, not eWriters, right?). If the story I've just published with Amazon works for me both as journalism and as business, I'm far more likely to repeat the experience. And if enough people like me do that, then I will be depending on people reading on devices. Which I suspect are phones and tablets, more and more, and PCs less. I can read a ebook on a laptop -- or even a Single like the one linked in the story. But you know what? I don't. Psychologically, I like Barbara's distinction: my laptop is for making stuff. Not consuming it. If I can help it.
Really interesting blog Marc! I freelanced for awhile as well. As to the question of PC versus tablet, maybe I can help. Did you write your articles on a PC (laptop) or a tablet?
In my view--and it certainly could be the wrong one--PCs are still for content creation, and tablets are for content delivery. I know that doesn't help the digital vs. print quandary, but it helps keep my purchasing priorities straight...a tablet is nice to have but a PC is crucial. :-)
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