Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Over 500 publications now are inside Apple's Newsstand; rush of replica editions released into digital newsstand

Apple Newsstand has reached and blown through the 500 mark, thanks mostly to a rush of replica editions being added this week.

While some of the latest editions to Newsstand are brand new magazines such as Inpress Magazine from Street Press Australia (see post on their new apps here) which uses the Oomph digital publishing platform, others are simply updated apps of replica editions such as Combat Aircraft, released by Tri Active Media.

Many of the replica editions continue to charge a nominal fee for the app, then charge a rather substantial subscription charge within the app. Most of these publications receive very few reviews, and if they do, they are mostly negative.

As of today, Apple lists Men's Health Magazine, NYTImes for iPad and TRVL free Travel Magazine as the top three free apps inside Newsstand.

Because most of the apps inside Newsstand are free, there is no Paid category listed. On the other hand, since most of the apps charge a subscription fee, the Top Grossing category is important – the top three apps there are The Daily, NYTimes for iPad and The New Yorker Magazine.