Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Hearst's Skiff to publish e-books for iPhone, tablets

updated 10:30 am EST, Fri December 4, 2009

Skiff to offer multi-platform digital publishing

Hearst today provided details of a new digital publishing system it hopes will make digital text more widespread. Skiff will have a store as well as an underlying gateway that lets Hearst and other firms both collect ad revenue from all their sources as well as adapt the same book, magazine or newspaper to a variety of formats. A single work could be reformatted to work with an iPhone, dedicated e-book readers or even tablet devices.

The service is intended to bring back control of publications to those that create them. At present, publishers are often forced to separately develop for existing formats and give up much of their control to device makers or stores that can dictate the terms for pricing. While stores like iTunes are comparatively mild and collect a fixed 30 percent of revenue from each item sold on the store, Amazon can ask for as much as 70 percent of the revenue from a Kindle subscription without giving the option of ads to help subsidize the price.

Hearst has added that it plans to launch its own e-book reader with Skiff in mind and will use Sprint to power the device's 3G connection. The service and likely the reader itself aren't due until 2010, but rumors claim Hearst, Condé Nast, Meredith and Time will unveil an independent standard for formats and stores next week. [via WSJ]



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger

Backup batteries and device chargers are objects that many users take for granted. They often only one-dimensional in functionality, r ...

ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features fo ...

RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News