Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 18:52 UTC
In the News News Corp. has just announced its iPad-only newspaper The Daily will be closed down. What do you know, a platform-specific publication fails in the internet era. I totally did not see this coming at all. Times are changing, people. Platform-specific is so 2007.
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RE[5]: Almost completely wrong
by shmerl on Tue 4th Dec 2012 16:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Almost completely wrong"
shmerl
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When publishers distribute their books / magazines / newspapers, they are usually in read-only format anyway, unless it's some really unusual interactive publication or something. So PDF is a good fit.

PDF is not proprietary for a while already:

While Adobe Systems made the PDF specification available free of charge in 1993, PDF remained a proprietary format, controlled by Adobe, until it was officially released as an open standard on July 1, 2008, and published by the International Organization for Standardization as ISO 32000-1:2008. In 2008, Adobe published a Public Patent License to ISO 32000-1 granting royalty-free rights for all patents owned by Adobe that are necessary to make, use, sell and distribute PDF compliant implementations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Document_Format


There are other good formats for publishing - DjVu for example and etc. The point was that they are not tied to one particular system.

Edited 2012-12-04 16:39 UTC

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