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January 9, 2010

Will any new electronic device be especially blog-friendly?

I am going to go off-topic just a bit to seek reader reflection on whether any of the new and in-development mobile electronic devices seem especially blog-friendly for blog authors and blog readers.  I love both my (first-generation) Amazon Kindle and also my new Droid, but neither device makes blog posting easy or enjoyable.  And though I can read others' blogs on both devices, I also much prefer blog reading on a traditional PC.

Thus, as I read this new New York Times piece headlined "A Deluge of Devices for Reading and Surfing," I find myself particularly interested and concerned about whether any new form of electronics will be distinctively blog-friendly.  Here is the start of the NYT piece:

You’ve heard of Amazon.com’s Kindle. And you probably know that Apple is likely to introduce a tablet computer this year. Soon you may also be hearing about the Alex, the Que proReader and the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid.

Those products are part of a new wave of slender touch-screen tablets and electronic reading devices that dozens of companies, both well known and unknown, brought to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

Some of these gadgets allow people to read for long periods of time without eye strain and without killing the batteries.  Others focus on allowing their owners to surf the Web, watch video and play casual games without being tethered to a bulky laptop and its traditional keyboard.

“There are a billion and a half Internet users on the planet today, and a lot of them are primarily using it for entertainment and social networking,” said Glen Burchers, director of global consumer segment marketing at Freescale, a chip company hoping to power the new tablets.  “The PC does a good job on a lot of things, but it’s just not the ideal device for surfing the Internet or reading.”

Perhaps because I am old and have a status quo bias, I do think it is the case that the PC right now is the best way to both write and read blogs.  But perhaps readers have others experiences, and I hope folks will share thoughts on this tech-topic.

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I agree with you. My fundamental complaint about all portable devices is that they make the consumption of material easier but, with the exception of talking on the mobile phone, they make the production of material infinitely harder. I don't think this reflects any underlying limitation in the hardware or software itself but rather reflects profitability models. The truth is that there is always a much smaller market for producers of content than a market for consumption. Unless the industry itself is wealthy, there is no incentive to create products for producers. This is why Autotune makes a fortune and blogger software does not. Singers will pay lots of money for an autotuned voice but how many bloggers would plop down 50,000 dollars to be able to create on the run.

Posted by: Daniel | Jan 9, 2010 12:25:39 PM

Instapaper + Kindle is a great way to read longer posts with maximum concentration. Collect what you want to read while browsing, do the reading on a dedicated device. Reeder or Instapaper Pro on the iPhone.

When I want to read for extended periods on my Mac, the Readability bookmarklet is essential.

Posted by: Geoff | Jan 9, 2010 1:49:45 PM

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Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 9, 2010 6:32:50 PM

Blogging on a mobile device is difficult because typing with nothing other than your thumbs is difficult. Eventually, someone is going to figure out a way to make typing on a mobile device seem as natural as typing on a full-size keyboard. Until then, blogs will generally be produced from the PC.

Posted by: JC | Jan 10, 2010 12:13:35 AM

really nice topic to start with.... even I was too looking for such device

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Posted by: 3G Mobile Phones | Aug 4, 2010 2:27:32 AM

I like the new mp3 players that can now be connected with the blogs. Those complaining that their fingers are too big to blog on their cell phones, maybe you get a roll out wireless keyboard?

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