No surprise to me. The tablet is by far my favorite reading device for long reads. For long periods of information consumption, I prefer the tablet over printed paper, printed books, laptops, TV, and smartphones.
Aug 12, 2013 pandodaily article Why longform is the new necessity
Even as some evidence suggests that people don’t read long articles online and mobile metrics indicate that people prefer to “snack” on news content on their mobile phones, editors and startups increasingly seem to believe that it is important to place more emphasis on longform reporting.
On Friday, we reported that people are spending considerably more time in mobile news apps than in other apps in general – 4.2 minutes per day compared to 3.2 minutes, according to Localytics.
Less publicized but perhaps ultimately more important, however, Localytics found that people spend 50 times more time accessing news app content on tablets than they do on mobile phones.
Those numbers back up Pew’s 2012 findings that tablet owners read more news and longer articles, as well as a study by Bowker Market Research and Book Industry Study Group that shows tablets are becoming the preferred e-reading devices.
Tablet ownership in the US is also growing fast – 44 percent of American households now have a tablet, up from 30 percent in 2012, according to Magid Media Futures.
The more connected reading devices there are in the world, the more opportunities there are for publishers to find readers that previously would have been difficult to access.
This – longform via digital – is an emerging space, so it pays not to get too excited about this, but some publishers are likely hoping that there might be new revenue opportunities associated with longform content.
Even as Twitter satiates our need to snack, there are plenty of new arrivals lining up to serve the feast.
Future Web design for content-heavy websites may be tablet first and then downward for smartphones and upward for laptops and desktops.
After studying the behavior of people on 100 million devices across 500 mobile news apps from July 2012 to July 2013, Localytics has found that news apps are becoming an increasingly important part of the daily media consumption diet, even as habits shift towards shorter, sharper bursts of activity.
The number of times people open their news apps has grown by 39 percent year-over-year, according to Localytics, from 18 times per month to just more than 25 times per month. Simultaneously, however, session lengths have decreased by 26 percent.
Despite the shorter reading times, people are spending more time in news apps over the course of a day than most other apps.
The study also found that people spend far more time accessing news app content on tablets than on mobile phones – 50 times more time, in fact. And the lion’s share of social sharing comes not through Facebook or Twitter but through private messages.
As it turns out, 80 percent of content shares from apps happen by email.
These findings demonstrate an important trend for people in the news business, showing that people prefer to “snack” on news on their smartphones, but that tablets offer the ultimate “lean back” experience for more in-depth news consumption. (Circa’s ears, no doubt, will be pricking up, and Yahoo may well be congratulating itself on its Summly acquisition.)
The findings might also cause the likes of BuzzFeed and Upworthy, which are optimized for maximum social sharing, to consider reconfiguring their editorial calculus in order to better account for sharing via email.
Localytics’ figures supplement those of Pew Research, which has found that Americans’ daily news-reading habits are becoming increasingly mobile in general, with half of the country’s smartphone owners and 56 percent of tablet owners using their phones for news in 2012. Pew also reported that the most common way people get news is by going directly to a news organization’s website or app. Meanwhile, a recent survey by Foresee.com also found that people prefer their mobile devices over PCs when it comes to reading news.
It's fascinating how popular e-mail has become or re-become over the past few years. Maybe e-mail never went out of style, but according to the tech press back around 2004-2006, it appeared e-mail was a goner for many people as a communication tool.
But e-mail is still big for business. With the explosion of social media and social networking, e-mail has become big for receiving updates. People subscribe to e-mail newsletters and digests.
E-mail, the relatively old, pre-Web tech is still going strong.
- provide a tablet optimized website and/or native tablet app
- focus on news (define "news")
- focus on snippets of content for smartphone users
- focus on the longform versions of content for tablet users
- employ e-mail where feasible: receive updates, share with others
TV on the Tablet
Aug 14, 2013 raw story story
... the Internet now is disrupting television, forcing broadcasters to adapt to tablets and video-on-demand to hold onto views and advertisers.
The formula is favored by youngsters who relish cartoons on their tablet devices and TV binge-viewers who watch multiple episodes of their favorite shows in one sitting.
“Certain kids are going to consume content on tablets, and if you want your content to have a shot at being consumed you have to have it on a tablet,” its chief operating officer Tom Dooley said.
Viacom is “aggressively” positioning itself in the tablet market with distribution partnerships like the one it forged with Amazon for such children’s shows as “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Dora the Explorer.”
My November 2012 comments about accessing and paying for digital news content - Oct 10, 2013
Ideas for future media - Oct 08, 2013
Digital media and web services unbundling their products - Jun 04, 2014
Plain Dealer newspaper downsizes due to changes from print to digital - Oct 08, 2013
LA Times new website design - May 2014 - May 27, 2014