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October 25th, 2010

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03:15 am - Books apps & Augmented reality fun
This article about an author selling their book as an ipad app, where the app includes discussion forums about the book is genius, and while good for fiction, it seems custom made for RPG books. I'm guessing that for the right gaming company, there's plenty of money to be made doing this - you'd get both fan and author fan discussion in the app, as well as an opportunity for direct sales of supplements via the app. To make this work well, you'd want both an iPad and an Android version of the app that both accessed the same forums and RPG direct sales site.

Also, in an unrelated note, people are starting to make use of the possibilities for augmented reality - hacking and removing corporate logos from view, and even editing out objects. So far, augmented reality is confined to pointing your cell camera at something and looking at the result on the phone's screen, but I'm guessing that the market for display glasses is going to be really big within a year or two. I'm still waiting for cosplay apps which allow people running the same app on their phone to see each other in virtual costumes, I expect that this will also be along shortly.
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Date:October 28th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
I am very strongly in favor of editing advertising out of one's mental environment. As currently implemented in America, most advertising is nothing but pollution.

Also, the iOS/Android devices offer some really interesting possibilities for things that are currently books - especially, like you describe, RPG books. Anything where the usage pattern isn't "read it from start to finish without gaps or jumps" can probably benefit from being turned into an app that fits people's usage patterns better.

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