Quite a number of TNM readers are in search of a simple tablet magazine style that will allow for a good reading experience on the tablet, while limiting the need for a lot of flashy animation and other digital publishing gimmicks. Fathom Journal, a new quarterly magazine that has launched inside Apple's Newsstand may provide a good model.
The free digital magazine currently has only its inaugural issue to be found inside. Downloading the issue reveals that it is only 20 MB in size, which would lead one to believe the reader will be presented with a standard replica edition in portrait only.
But while the digital magazine is as simple as a replica, it was designed for the platform that the reader will use. By keeping it simple, by not including superfluous animation and other gimmicks, the digital magazine can be contained in such as small file, and still offer the reader native layouts in both portrait and landscape. There is even an embedded video player – though the reader will need an Internet connection to actually stream in the video itself.
BICOM is clearly an advocacy organization, so the editorial content will not appeal to all. But publishers would like to see a simple approach to native tablet magazine design should download Fathom Journal to check out its approach.