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Google Magazine – for those Trips to the John

image Sometimes it’s just hard to break away from the internet–especially when you need to go #2. Well, you might soon be able to take Google with you.*

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. ;-)

  • Frank

    This is very interesting and exciting news. I did a search to see if anyone else has anything similar, and sure enough they did. I came across a site called ShelfMade.net that is offering something very similar if not identical. They don’t mention anything about print ads, but I cannot imagine the magazine will be without ads. It’s a very cool concept, and I’m looking forward to see these personal magazines in circulation.

  • http://www.advicenetwork.com/contest Advice Network

    Not to be the Eeyore, but it sounds really dumb to me. Or maybe just a waste of paper.

  • http://www.selbourne.com Selbourne Designing

    From what I can see, google has taken the responsibility of managing ads. It would take out a whole burden from the shoulders of the publication

  • http://www.minicix.com minicix

    Which magazine was it that closed its print version, Forbes? These days magazines tend to leave hard copy publication but Google is getting on? really funny, start to see more dumb moves by Google recently.

  • http://www.newscloud.blogspot.com Becktemba

    Personalized Print Content is Here

    It appears that Google can see, contrary to popular online geekers, that the demise of the print medium is greatly exaggerated.

    I for one prefer to read from paper. Google sees the likes of the FeedJournal:

    http://www.feedjournal.com

    …and wants to get into the game before upstarts can get a first mover advantage on the “Personalized Print Content with targeted advertising”

    I hope the FeedJournal can beat them to the punch.

    Check out how the FeedJournal application has become my “Personalized News Paper” from Full-text RSS feeds I selected on my blog.

    Click on the Paper to Publish and Print it in Adobe Reader:

    http://www.NewsCloud.blogspot.com

    Regards,

    ~Becks

  • J

    Is Google overreaching? These guys are putting their fingers into everything. I hope it works out