How successful is ePaper?

I first got an access to read Indian newspaper online in full content as ePaper while I was living in Helsinki, Finland during 2000. I was happy reading Times of India’s ePaper seeing every Indian city edition and was having instant access to my favourite section there.
Life has moved on since then, many newspaper has added ePaper and now living in UK I wonder that I dont see such initiative from many in UK though Ft.com has such facilities.

With small scale CMS, hundred of free online news, bloggers publishing information steadily, I am no longer a fan of ePaper and this random news feed makes me to be on the tip of information-berg and no longer bound by a single soure. So in one way I am liberated.
Has the ePaper been a success ?? I don’t think so because no longer reader treat one newspaper as the only reliable or centre of new information. This pattern has been broken to pieces with information popping from various corners.
However new technology such as paperless newspaper or electronic paper will further enable traditional newspaper to stay ahead in competition with and may make ePaper approach relavant. But what stops disintegrated news source to integrate to offer a electronic paper. So the user has flexibility to choose what they want to read and the same will be packaged and delivered. Therefore it is better to stay disintegrated at this moment and get integrated later. For now ePaper has not much value offerings.

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Exciting days for Internet Consumers in India

Exciting days for Internet consumers in India…

Vivah(a Bollywood movie) is Bollywood’s first movie which went online premier. Rajshri media has produced this movie. Vivah will be premiered over the internet for $10, This is the first time that a Bollywood movie is premiered live on the internet (legally). Update -In fact none of the Hollywood movie has done online premier yet 🙂 so looks like Bollywood is encashing the global Indian diaspora audience and also Bollywood audinence from various countries. Content is king!! & consumer wants content and medium freedom, so let them watch media wherever they want to be. Way to go Bollywood..

Read more about Rajashri, ContentSutra has an excluisve interview with them.

India’s Top Cricketer Anil Kumble has started a Softwar product company StumpVision for various sports products, starting with Cricket. That is a matser stroke Anil, you give thousand of Indian entrepreneurs of this generation to bring the best on world space!!

The company has built products using Microsoft technologies and Steve Ballmer launched StumpVision services in India!!!

World Internet penetration : US figure is staying static

ReadwriteWeb article :

We noted that as a percentage of world Internet penetration, Asia increased from 35.6% to 36.5%. This incremental increase is happening month by month, whereas the US figure is staying static.

My Comments :
As internet penetrates throughout most of the world, the interesting market will be those which allows you to add on consumers rather than those which are static.

Will we see the pattern of competition between the static(and developed market) in US/Western countries vs promising market in Asia/non-western countries(include all) and turning the later market base as the home ground for innovations? I think so….but not so soon, western market offers a big potential currently.