The Digital Future Is Closer Than You Think

Microsoft recently released a jaw-dropping video based on some of the their current research projects. These technologies will dramatically change your world and mine. The video is less than two minutes long and will give you a clear vision for what awaits us within the next ten years.

As Jonathan Crossfield explains, “These ideas are not science fiction but are just around the corner. It shows how far things will change in just a few short years and the ramifications for consumer behaviour are massive.”

I think the implications for publishing and content-delivery are especially exciting—and a little scary. These technologies will also dramatically affect our business models. Get ready for change! The good news is that they will make it possible to deliver our content in more interesting ways and with even less investment.

You might also want to read yesterday’s article in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write.” I was especially intrigued by the e-book’s potential to: increase impulse purchases, deliver content in micro formats, enhance scholarship, and build community.

Question: What impact do you think these technologies will have on publishing? How do you feel about them?

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