Welcome! This week our roundup of interesting and noteworthy publishing industry stories focuses on the iPhone 6 design, the growth of the "phablet" market, the future of the copy desk, Twitter's plan to improve usability, and more.
PUBLISHING INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:
- For those who couldn’t wait to get a glimpse of the new iPhone that's expected on Sept. 9, Business Insider published leaked photos showing front, side, and back views. It also reported on speculation that the iPhone 6 will sport a much larger screen than the iPhone 5 as well as near field communications for mobile payment capabilities.
- IDC predicted that the market for smartphones with screens measuring between 5.5 and 7 inches will grow at a 60% annual rate over the next four years. According to a report from Gigaom, that makes these devices, also known as “phablets”, the fastest growing handheld segment.
- As traditional copy desks become a thing of the past, some are concerned that news organizations are putting their credibility at risk by publishing information that is not only sloppy but potentially wrong. Others argue that the job hasn’t gone away, but has been redefined to meet the demands of the digital world.
- What’s on the horizon for Twitter? An algorithm-driven content feed, an improved search engine, and group chat, suggested the company’s CFO. The Wall Street Journal said these potential moves are part of a larger effort to better organize content so users can more easily find useful information and tune out noise.
RECENT POSTS FROM THE TFP BLOG:
- When it comes to type, details matter, says TFP’s Mary Lester. Don’t miss her latest blog, My 5 Favorite Fonts for Gorgeous Numerals.
- Purchases via smartphones are on the rise, and publishers like Domino and Rodale are setting up virtual retail stores to get in on the action. See TFP’s Infographic Pick of the Week for a rundown on the latest smartphone trends.
- Alert for DPS users: iOS 8 is due out next week and you will need to update your apps. Check out Adobe’s post on the topic.
- Also, don’t miss Margot Knorr Mancini at the Adobe MAX 2014 conference, to be held in Los Angeles Oct. 4-8. She will speak at a session called Implementation and Integration with Digital Publishing Suite.
WISHING YOU PUBLISHING SUCCESS!
Margot Knorr Mancini
Founder & CEO, Technology for Publishing