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Will the iPad replace your newspaper?Posted Friday, March 12, 2010, at 4:45 PM
Today Apple began accepting pre-orders for its new iPad. This new device is essentially a giant iphone, without the phone part. It's 9.7 inch screen allows you to browse the web, check your email and use thousands of apps.
It's ushering in a new age of tablet-style computers that eventually will probably replace traditional laptop computers.....but will it replace your daily newspaper?
Many in the publishing industry think it might. Traditional forms of media, including newspapers and magazines have struggled to convert themselves into online forms.
Some newspaper subscriptions could soon be delivered to your iPad, instead of tossed out in your driveway.
Will people pay for content to be delivered to their computer tablet the same way they pay for their newspaper subscriptions? I think they will.
If you've invested in an iPad or something similar, then you'll want to add apps to make it as useful to you as possible.
But for someone whose made the newspaper business her career, nothing replaces the tactile experience of paging through the paper or the ink stains reading it leaves on your hands.
Whatever future forms journalism may take.....I'm along for the ride.
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Melissa Miller is business editor at The Southeast Missourian. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and as the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations. After living in Michigan and then Indiana, she moved back to her hometown of Jackson, Mo. In addition to writing daily stories for The Southeast Missourian, Melissa coordinates editorial content each month for Business Today. Business Today is a monthly publication for southeast Missouri's business community. Monthly themes include health care, agriculture, women in business, technology and more. Business Today is direct mailed to business owner and managers throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Follow her updates on local business developments at www.twitter.com/semissourianbiz or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelissaMillerSoutheastMissourian