When interface guru Jakob Nieslen reported on the [URL="http://www.useit.com/alertbox/kindle-usability-review.html"]Kindle 2 [/URL]usability last March, he pointed out it was great for books, but not much other content. Why is this significant? Two recent reports suggest that the eBook Reader could move beyond a simple device for reading books, and could become so much more. In one instance, Apple has released a multimedia "eBook" into the iTunes store. In the other, news reports on Friday suggested that Time, Inc could be working a new Reader for the purpose of distributing their magazines. Suddenly, this market is looking even more interesting. [B]Time Keeps …

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Quick question: What do the following things have in common? A Mythical Horned Rabbit from Douglas, Wyoming. A French-Canadian Linux Guy. An A4 Format. An African Word. A Double-sided DVD. An Abundance of Information. Give up? Don't. But since you'll never guess it, I'll tell you. It's the premier issue of [URL="http://www.ubuntu-user.com"]Ubuntu User[/URL], the magazine. It's brought to you by the same people who publish [URL="http://www.linuxpromagazine.com"]Linux Pro Magazine[/URL] that you've grown to know and love. And like Linux Pro, it's in that giant euro A4 format. I guess the Europeans realize that the world's population is aging and we need …

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There's a disturbing trend afoot -- particularly if you're a writer -- and it involves the print magazines sys admins and IT managers have relied on for years. Simply put, they're disappearing faster than beer at a frat party. Although no one can be sure exactly why, there's little doubt that a lot of it has to do with the proliferation of IT news Web sites like this one, and topic aggregation services like [URL="http://it.alltop.com/"]Alltop[/URL] that provide news and reviews in near real-time. As a study at the [URL="http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1066/internet-overtakes-newspapers-as-news-source"]Pew Research Center[/URL] notes, a full 40 percent of people get "most …

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[URL="http://www.linux-mag.com"]Linux Magazine[/URL]'s print subscriber base was acquired by [URL="http://www.linux-magazine.com"]Linux Pro Magazine[/URL] aka Linux New Media on or about June 11, 2008. As the "On the Desktop" columnist for Linux Magazine, I was both shocked and excited by the announcement to cease the print version in favor of a web-only zine. June 2008 is the last print version of Linux Magazine and it's on newsstands now. Linux Magazine, the U.S. version, has been a tireless print and web-based proponent of all things Linux-related for almost a decade now (1999 - 2008). When I first heard the news, it left me a …

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The End.