Thursday, July 26, 2012

Vintazines delivers back issues of Popular Mechanics and LIFE magazines through its own Newsstand-like iPad app

Here is a fun app you might want to download to your iPad: Vintazines is a free app that takes the scans from Google Books of the back issues of Popular Mechanics and LIFE magazine and delivers them through its own newsstand.
The app is the product of Amsterdam based developer Stefano Secondo.

The app is easy to miss because it is under the Books category as there really is no proper place to put a newsstand-like app unless it contains newspapers (then the News category is obviously the right place).

Vintazines takes the back issues of the two magazines from November 1936 to December 1969 and puts them into its own Newsstand-like library. The app is free, as is the content, so the fact that the app is limited to just these two titles shouldn't draw too many negative reviews.

The scans are of a high enough resolution that reading the old magazines is pretty easy, though the reader is advised to stick to portrait orientation as each page is scanned individually.