Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Interface Magazine: a "friendly science magazine" has an excellent tablet edition released into Apple's Newsstand

The last new tablet edition TNM will look at before it begins its summer break is this excellent new digital edition from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel for their "friendly science magazine" Interface.
This is a well-designed and executed tablet edition that offers the reader good native tablet design, interactivity, embedded animation that adds to the reading experience, and good, if a bit complicated, navigation.

The video I produced of the beginning of the digital edition was not the first attempt to capture the navigation of the magazine. I stumbled around a bit. But it should be said that what looks awkward in a short video, is actually just fine from the perspective of the reader.

Interface Magazine is a free download that also gives readers free access to the issues. Because it is being placed inside the Apple Newsstand, readers can also subscribe for free to make sure they get their latest edition automatically downloaded.

And because it is free, there is no reason publishers about to launch their own tablet edition shouldn't download this iPad app to see what the publisher was able to accomplish.