Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Round-up: Native and replica media apps from Europe

Time to clear some apps off my iPad: here is a quick round-up of recently released, non-U.S.-based media apps – a few are native apps, a few are replicas. All are free to download, though one will require an in-app purchase to read the content.
LeMatin HD is a free app from the Swiss news site of about the same name. The app is the fourth app to be released by Edipresse Publications, all having been released since March: 24Heures HD, Tribune de Genève HD, and Femina HD.

The app is well done, though one wonders about the business plan this long term – selling advertising? Since the market penetration of the iPad is probably still small in Switzerland, the publishers have some time to figure this out, though the app description makes no mention of a future subscription requirement.

The Jakarta Globe for iPad is a free app for the relatively new daily newspaper from Indonesia. The English language paper was launched near the end of 2008.

The app takes a bit of a different approach to tablet publishing in that single articles dominate the page. The app works in both portrait and landscape, though I have it shown here in portrait just to make the photos fit!
Two replica edition apps are for Suedostschweiz ePaper and B.T. digital avis.

Suedostschweiz ePaper, or "The South-Eastern Switzerland Press", is a free app that gives you access to a whole portfolio of PDF based publications from the publisher, most or all of which will cost you $1.99 per issue to read.

B.T. digital avis from Berlingske Media is the sixth iPad released by the Danish company, they also have ten apps available on the iPhone side of things, as well. This new one may actually be one of the least interesting of the bunch, being simply a replica edition of the colorful tabloid.

Berlingske Business til iPad, on the other hand, appears to be a more ambitious attempt at tablet publishing, assuming your Norwegian is up to snuff.