Instead of waiting for the Japanese launch of Apple's iPad, Sony, Toppan Printing, KDDI Corporation, and the Asahi Shimbun have announced they will establish a joint venture to develop an eBook distribution company that will build and manage a common distribution platform for books, comics, magazines and newspapers for the Japanese market. And the door is opened for other companies.
Since April 2009 rumors and experts have been waiting and now it is here, the iPad. It looks like an oversized iPhone, but there will be no confusion because it does not offer ‘true’ 3G or a camera. The iPad could follow the successful track of the iPhone, says Stig Nordqvist, WAN-IFRA Emerging Digital Platforms and Business Development director. But he does not see signs of revenues for news media on this new Apple ecosystem.