It would be ideal if Apple could sell premium subscriptions to periodicals such as newspapers using the “season pass” infrastructure it uses with TV shows. It could help bolster flagging journalism, just as people are willing to pay 99¢ a song for the convenience. I’ve blogged elsewhere about the rental model for textbooks, and for at least one of the textbooks I have used, students can download a time-bombed electronic version for half the cost. The infrastructure to support this exists with the movie rental capabilities of the iTMS, and with the publishers’ provision of electronic content. (Even publishers who do not have electronic textbooks provide me with facsimile sample chapters in PDF form.)
I bet, too, that the recent availability of “LPs” in the iTMS—albums with premium content and a premium price—were designed with the iPad in mind.
There’s much anticipation for Apple’s announcement today out in California about a new super secret insanely great killer hardware. Leaks by McGraw-Hill CEO have confirmed eBook…