Long before the iPad, Amazon Kindle, Nook, PlayBook, Xoom or any other hot tablet or e-reader existed, designers started putting together their vision of what a digital newspaper tablet would look like. Surprisingly, this electronic newspaper concept from back in 1994 was a near accurate prediction of how print would make the jump to digital.
Volkswagen gave readers of The Times of India a little surprise: a fully voiced, audio ad once they unfolded the publication. As a one time stunt? It's interesting. As an idea for advertising in newspapers? It couldn't be worse.
E readers and tablets like the iPad are a great way to carry a lot of periodicals around without taking up too much space, but there are still some ways in which a good old-fashioned foldable newspaper is simply better.