More thoughts from Steve Jobs, speaking at the D8 conference.  This time, his thoughts on publishing, and whether the iPad can save it.

“I don’t want to see us descend into a nation of bloggers. I think we need editorial now more than ever.”

Concerning the iPad itself:

“We have a lot of goals for it, but one of my beliefs very strongly is that any democracy depends on a free, healthy press.”

He speaks that traditional media, such as the NYT and Washington Post are in some “real trouble”, then moves on to the comment about a nation of bloggers.

“We all moved to reading on the Web…What we have to do is get people to start paying for this hard-earned content.”

Sorry, Steve.  You’re a few years too late for that.  Though Jobs does have some ideas for moving forward, stating clearly that digital should charge less than print.