The future of reading

Journalist Josh Quittner is one of the best and most-experienced writers on the changes being brought to reading, writing and publishing by digital media.

How should an iPad app differ from an iPhone app?

Skout, maker of the flirting-and-dating iPhone app, sent us an advance screenshot of the iPad version of their app. It will ship prrrrrobably in time for the first iPads — you never know with Apple’s mystery-box app review process.

Obama loses to iPad, which loses to Haiti on social networks

Clearspring AddThis makes some of those buttons that let you one-click a story you like onto Twitter, Facebook or email. As a result, the company also collects a lot of data. As a follow-up to my post about iPad tweets going crazy yesterday, Clearspring provided a chart of what topics were clicked onto social networks yesterday. The winner was … nope, look again:

Inkling lets textbook makers embrace the iPad

“The book will never die. But the textbook probably will,” says Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis. Inkling is working directly with textbook publishers. First, they’ll port their existing tomes onto Apple’s iPad as interactive, socialized objects. Then, they’ll create all-new learning modules — interactive, social, and mobile — that leave ink-on-paper textbooks in the dust.