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Many magazines - especially IT magazines - distribute
Here how to provide magazine readers the best of
the online and physical worlds
First, start by copying Apple and package DVD content
mobile apps. Offer users a PC application to explore,
review, install, run and update 'DVD
apps' onto their
(a combination of Apple's 'App Store' and 'Launchpad')
. Example 'DVD apps' could be free Linux documentation
DVDs could carry updates), free stock photos, Open
Street Map content, article archives, and even virtual
machines bundled with QEMU or VMWare Player. Let
rate and review DVD apps. Put app archives online and
publish an index (with the ratings). If hosting gets
prohibitive, have subscribers help out by publishing a
preconfigured 'BitTorrent app' and running a tracker. :-)
Next, fully integrate subscriber devices with your
example, let magazine articles contain printed QR
readers scan using a mobile app. The mobile app is
with the PC application and signals it to start playing
video from the DVD. A 'Edit Source' QR code could even
launche a Linux VM app, with an Eclipse window
open and ready with code from the article.
Finally, license content from other publications and
'Content Store'. Leverage your size and physical
media delivery to source content (including DRM-ed
at prices not available to single subscribers. For
instance, an IT magazine could be supplemented by
from Java Developers Journal, Game Developer
Magazine, the ACM Digital Library, O'Reilly
Eventually, start creating custom DVDs (or Blu-ray
discs, or SD cards) with content tailored to individual
||This idea seems distressingly rational.
||a bit all-over-the-place too.
||So you've got DVD's issued with magazines: baked, I used to pick up MaximumPC which always had a CD (currently a DVD I'm sure) inside with stuff on it: utilities, freeware and demos of commercial games and proggies, etc.
||Ratings for that stuff is generally available as well, though generally not inclusive of the demo version.
||//distressingly rational// - talking of magazines
[MaxwellBuchanan] did I see a quotation from
yourself in this week's New Scientist magazine in a
piece about helpful Microbes on Mars?
||//a quotation from yourself in this week's New
Scientist// Ah, well spotted - that was from my
altered ego, who claims to be a professional
scientist. I'd pay him no heed - he's notoriously
||@bellauk65, from what I know about QR codes, they
have nowhere like the information density you said. Its
more like 24 bytes than 24 KB... enough to hold a
magazine's ISSN, page number, and possibly section or
paragraph identifier... but not much more.
||@Flying Toaster: yes, a bit over the place, especially
the BitTorrent bit .. but I tend to agree with
@MaxwellBuchanan's evaluation ;-). This post was done
just before I sent in a similar letter to editor of APC
magazine, who're thinking of phasing out their DVDs in
favor of online content (http://apcmag.com/dvdpoll)
||@MaxwellBuchanan: Thanks, :D. BTW, is your Twitter
account @MaxwellBuchanan? (Sounds like you.) And
is it hijacked? (The last two posts do not.)