Before we begin this installment of Paper Comic DeathWatch, I'd like to mention that Wednesday was the official one year anniversary of this blog. I want to thank everyone who follows the blog for the comments and linking to it. I also want to especially thank Pierre who's Wednesday columns have really been a nice addition.
Now, on the the DeathWatch...
Behold! The Kindle Killer!
Monday a company called Plastic Logic unveiled a revolutionary new eReader which not only looks to be a Kindle Killer but could be quite a boon for the business world as well. Check out this demo...
Specs From Engadget...
- 8.5- x 11-inch touchscreen
- 7-mm thin
- micro-USB connect to a PC to charge the unit or get documents.
- Documents can also be transferred over WiFi
- Gesture control
- Easy on-screen annotation of any supported media type such as Word docs, PowerPoint slides, or PDFs using a onscreen keyboard
On the flipside - looking at the excitement this seems to be building, and thinking how it's wisely targeted Businesses with support of Word and PowerPoint, I don't think it's hard to see a color version getting to us eventually.
Special thanks to Caine for pointing this out to me!
PCDW Points: 2000
The Return of MicroPayments
It's been a long time (or at least the year 2000 seems like a long time) since Scott McCloud's Reinventing Comics popularized the idea of using micropayments to pay for webcomics.
For those of you who have not read his book or heard of the term, micropayments are like when you pay $5.00 for 20 credits at a website that can be used to buy different items at that website. iStock.com is a great example of a thriving micropayments website.
Well this week, Newsarama detailed how far micropayments have come since they were first envisioned...
Micropayments have been one of the Internet's most-hyped and least-successful ideas — until now, as virtual world creators and video game companies are beginning to expect, and even depend on, players to buy virtual goods in little chunks.
Currently, micropayments are prevalent in the online/mmrpg world, but as people become more used to the idea, I can see them eventually being used to pay for installments of your favorite webcomic. Most likely as bite sizes chunks that you read on your phone or Mobile Internet Device.
PCDW Points: 500 <-- microsized point allotment.
That's all for this week (I'm still in Pittsburgh at a conference, so forgive the shorter post this week.)