I was shown the media’s future 16 years ago: now with the iPad, it’s here – The Observer
Alan Rusbridger on iPad and future of news:
"In the space of four days my sense of scale has changed. On Tuesday, my new iPad seemed like a rather overblown iPhone. By Friday, I found myself irritated at trying to read emails or type on the iPhone, which already seemed mean and cramped. A tabloid newspaper page seemed exotically large, a broadsheet like a street hoarding. The iPad just seemed natural. Maybe Apple has simply rediscovered what book publishers, over the space of 400 years, came to a more or less settled view on – the right shape of page for what the human eye and hands feel easy with.
Has the Guardian (or the Observer, for we share the same digital space) ever looked more beautiful? [...] The NYT browser version doesn't look bad, either. The BBC, as ever, is irritatingly good
Will it catch on? It feels like a transformative interim step [...]
Will it transform newspaper finances? [...] only if you switched off the printing presses."