Khoi Vinh (subtraction.com), former design director at The New York Times, offered some design-inspired thoughts the other day on “why most of the current crop of iPad magazine apps have dim prospects for long-term success,” which has prompted dozens of intelligent comments and a follow-up post: My-ipad-magazine-stand and more-on-ipad-magazines.
Stein’s Voyager company was creating innovative e-books and before that video discs back before the Web was spun. Some of them were so good, I’m thinking of buying an old computer that can still play them. … which has me worried about the portability, searchability, longevity, archivability and general persistence of material created in the form of “apps” for particular computer, tablet or smartphone hardware.
I suspect folks like Bob Stein and Khoi Vinh are thinking about those issues, too… so I’m posting this here as a reminder to dip back into those discussions at their blog sites more often.
Online magazine or app publishing systems mentioned in the discussion, and related links:
- http://www.magplus.com/ and MinOnline coverage
- http://www.flipboard.com/ and Wired article about it
- Adobe on epub export from InDesign; also, a related blog post and Layers magazine how-to)
- Web edition of Times T-magazine
Footnote: Unrelated, but interesting — The Observer on Khoi Vinh’s departure from the Times.
Related: Recent Chronicle of Higher Education article on Michael J. Bugeja and Daniela V. Dimitrova’s Vanishing Act: The Erosion of Online Footnotes and Implications for Scholarship in the Digital Age, lamenting the way redesigns and e-comings-and-goings kill links, even on the open Web. (We were on a panel discussion of related issues at AEJMC six years ago.)