Edit: Some of the links of the below have succumbed to redesigns and relaunches of publication websites — but titles should be relatively clear. You might also find more recent examples on Contently.
I think the industry needs to stop pinning its hopes on the same dead ends that come up again and again. To me, one of these is microtransactions for material.
Every digital experience is self-aware, tweaking and customizing itself to be better, more enticing—to suck users further in and increase its all important “active users” metric. But that begs the question: in this time of ruthlessly efficient entertainment design systems, are we still having fun?
Google is searching for its iPod moment
Daily Telegraph, 2014
“This is what Google is looking for — its own iPod moment to follow up its “Macintosh” of Google Search. After fighting the smartphone and tablet wars on the back foot, it has no intention to be late to the party again. So whether on your face, in your car, on a map or in the skies, all bets are off.”
Ebooks must read their surroundings to beat the bookshelf
“iBooks and Kindle let you add notes and highlighting today, but imagine a more holistic and automatic recording of metadata that showed the real life of that book’s journey with you.”
Could Amazon rekindle payment for content on the web?
“Picture the scene: You’re on your favourite blog or news source and it’s business as usual — most content remains free and freely available for your perusal. But every article now includes “Kindle” button that lets you send it to your Kindle reading list and automatically uploads it to whichever device you choose. So far, so Instapaper.
But, some articles may be just snippets or synopses, as you often see on sites with paywalls. In these cases, the button shows a price, requiring you to link to your Kindle (Amazon) account the first time and providing “one-click” options for future purchases.