Mathias Dopfner, CEO of Axel Springer, a German publishing powerhouse, was interviewed about the Magical Unicorn Device (aka iPad) on “The Charlie Rose Show” last week.
Since “The Charlie Rose Show” apparently hasn’t figured out the concept of embedding videos on other sites, you’ll have to go to this link to watch the interview.
There’s been quite a bit of discussion among journobloggers and other publishing types about whether or not the iPad (and similar tablet devices) will “save” the media industry, but none quite so over-the-top as this:
I spent a couple of days with a family in Miami and on Saturday morning I went to the Apple store on Lincoln Road and played a little bit with the iPad and then bought one with my son. And I think this is really starting a new era.
And I think every publisher in the world should sit down once a day and pray to thank Steve Jobs that he is saving the publishing industry with that.
I think the iPad is really delivering what we were all waiting for. It’s a device that enables you to visualize content in a very emotional way. It is an easy-to-use device. The price is a mass market price.
I’ll have some more iPad related thoughts later today. But for now, watch the video. (thanks to colleague James Tidwell for the heads-up)
Also, here are some other people who’ve been fixating on the Magical Unicorn Device:
UPDATE: Check out the responses from five student bloggers at N.C. State about their use of the iPad.
Daniel Eran Dilger, Five Tremendous Apple vs. Adobe Flash Myths.
Steven Johnson, NYT, Rethinking a Gospel of the Web.
And, here’s Xeni Jardin from Boing Boing gushing about the iPad on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC: