Hearst Corp Coming Out with Magazine eReader


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Amazon has just put out the newest generation of Kindle reader, along with a slew of other companies who are sending e-readers out into the market place. But there aren't many specifically geared towards magazines. The Hearst Corp. plans on changing that and will be putting out an e-reader this year that will help magazine lovers ditch those stacks of paper.

"I can't tell you the details of what we are doing, but I can say we are keenly interested in this, and expect these devices will be a big part of our future," Kenneth Bronfin, Hearst interactive media group chief, told Fortune.

Hard not to believe that when it appears e-readers will be a big part of everyone's future. It seems that soon all manner of printed materials, from newspapers to school books, will be available on an electronic reading device.

You'll be able to download a magazine directly to the device, which will be sized about the same as a standard sheet of paper. The company plans to sell the devices to other publishers and take a portion of the profits made when users download magazines and newspapers.

"Given the evolving state of the technology, the Hearst reader is likely to debut in black and white and later transition to high-resolution color with the option for video," Fortune said.

It will be pretty great to one day read countless magazines on a single energy-efficient, durable device, though I'd miss flagging articles for posterity, or ripping out pages to hang on the fridge to remind me of this or that. But for now, magazine e-readers aren't even widely out, and we're pretty curious about what the first generation magazine reader will be like.

Via Physorg
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