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Tablet devices like Apple’s iPad could herald a new kind of digital publication. With just a week until that gadget hits shelves, what could…

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Tablet devices like Apple’s iPad could herald a new kind of digital publication. With just a week until that gadget hits shelves, what could the magazines of the future look like?

For this analysis, we present 15 multimedia examples in which periodical publishers place their bets. From high-class graphics and games to hum-drum page-turners, these are proprietors’ big ideas – but they vary somewhat, coalescing around five key trends…

So read on to see what may be next, as magazines move from paper to e-reader…

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  1. Looks like tablet magazines are going to be this season’s new black (move over, hyperlocal)…

    – Wired devotes this month’s cover package to ‘em (http://www.wired.com/magazine/)

    – The World Association of Newspapers/WEF are devoting their annual conference to “The Tablet Year” (http://www.wanlebanon2010.com)

    – Oxford University is hosting a news industry convention on the potential (www.inma.org/modules/event/2010OxfordTablet/)

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  2. Could 2010 be a game-changing year for publishers? In order for publishers to succeed in this domain, and eventually win back their eroding readership, they’ll have to engage in a paradigm shift of their own. Could tablet magazines be the answer? We will soon find out…

    http://www.verndale.com/Our-Thinking/2010-The-Year-of-the-Publisher-Part-2.aspx

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