This article offers some great insight to the new Daily iPad Newspaper. It sounds interesting and has some great advantages that print newspapers won’t deal with. I also like the readers perspective on what they want to see.
It should be Social, Real time and Local, basically morphing as you need it to be. They compare it to Pulse and Flipboard. Now these are all pretty cool, for magazines, but why not books too. Couldn’t you imagine a time where you are reading an eBook and it detects your location and pops up something relevant to what you are reading. That would be great, even better it might notify you the author is speaking at the local bookstore or at university.
The possibilities for things like real time information and localization abilities would make eBooks a little more interesting. Many will argue that it’s not worth it, they can’t see using it, but how many people use Foursquare to check-in at places, wouldn’t some of this be relevant and critical for pubs if used correctly?
To me what better way to get immediate feedback then information that localization or check-in services could offer. Better yet, you could offer for a limited time a special discount to those using the service, they come into the bookstore or event and get an extra 10% off or something unique only to those with the app and are registered. Some retail stores do this and some apps for phones do this already. You would get statistics on how many used it, what part of the country, if it was nationwide, what time of day was busier, the list goes on.
The real time aspect is interesting because I could see a group of authors get together, this has happened some, but instead of a twitter or other online event, they could write the eBook in real time, as you read it, a chapter is finished or a slight delay and then you could interact with the authors. Now I know a lot of this is maybe just fluff or sounds good but not really relevant, but the point is, if we could do these things, what else could we do with eBooks? Also makes you ask whether you would want it as an app or could you setup a platform for it and have every app imaginable connect with it and make it more open? The inevitable question is, will publishers see value in it? I think they will, but maybe I’m more optimistic then most.