Google Magazine – for those Trips to the John
We have news that Google has been granted a patent that would allow them to print customized magazines–with the ads that you find interesting.
Consumers may purchase a variety of publications in various forms, e.g., print form (e.g., newspapers, magazines, books, etc.), electronic form (e.g., electronic newspapers, electronic books (”e-Books”), electronic magazines, etc.), etc. The publishers define the content of such publications, and advertisers define which advertisements (ads) may be seen in the publications. Since consumers have no control over publication content or advertisements, they may purchase a publication that contains at least some content and advertisements that may be of no interest to them.
Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? I’m sure many online publishers would be thrilled to have Google take care of the work involved in putting together a printed version of their content. Sure, if you wanted a print version of Marketing Pilgrim, I’d let Google create one for you, in exchange for a revenue share on the ads.
Of course, this is just one of many patents that Google owns, and it may never use it.
*apologies for the toilet humor.