Google's recent patent indicates a day when you can create your own publication with content you like and ads you are interested in.
The Goog has filed a patent for a system that would allow the "Customization of Content and Advertisements in Publications." That sounds to us like custom-made magazines.
The way we think it, it's like RSS for print; you subscribe to feeds, either as they pertain to specific items or broad topics, with categories or keywords. Each month, you'll receive your print magazine with all the feeds you've subscribed to, along with targeted ads.
It's a great idea that might just turn the whole publishing industry on its head. Also, with Google announcing its kiosks at gas stations for maps and directions, perhaps the distribution model may be already thought out.
A detailed deliberation on the patent is available at HuoMah. The concept brings readers center stage. While it may be true that many of the great articles you come across are more stumbled upon rather than discovered, this product may be the best thing to happen in connecting writers to their immediate audience.