Short takes on recently released tablet editions from magazine publishers:
Nature Publishing Group yesterday launched a new tablet edition for Scientific American Mind. The magazine is published six times a year and an annual subscription is priced at $24.99.
What appears unique about this tablet edition, though, is that it is offered as an "upgrade" for print subscribers.
The Scientific American Mind Tablet Edition for iPad is available as an upgrade for current active subscribers. Simply purchase an additional 6 issues (1 year) for $24.95 US, $29.00 Canada, or $35 International. As part of your upgrade, you will get the Tablet Edition for iPad for all remaining issues on your current subscription term. The Scientific American Mind Tablet Edition for iPad is available from the July/August 2013 issue forward.I don't know about you, but that simply means to me that print subscribers will need to buy the digital edition as if they were not subscribers, which they certainly won't be happy about. Few publishers, though, have said that their tablet editions are an "upgrade" though.
The tablet edition does contain additional "interactive features and video" which can justify the pricing strategy which publishers such as Hearst are using, so we'll see what the reaction is from readers.
(June 7, 2013)
The UK B2B title Speciality Food has launched a tablet edition of its magazine into the Apple Newsstand. Published by Aceville, the app is a replica edition built by PixelMags.
The magazine should not be confused with the U.S. title, Specialty Food which is published by the Specialty Food Association – that magazine appears to be quite healthy, but it does not have a tablet app at this time.
The UK title is charging $4.99 / £2.99 per issue, with an annual subscription of $42.99 / £29.99 (probably a sign that the app is a revenue split deal).
(June 4, 2013)
The Canadian Art Foundation has launched an iPad edition of its magazine Canadian Art into the Apple Newsstand this weekend. The pricing, though, is a little messed up right now: an annual subscription for the quarterly magazine is $16.99, but the app description claims that single issues are $.99. That doesn't sound like a very good way to drive subscriptions, does it?
"Canadian Art’s iPad App includes editorial content from the print issue and links to selected news, features and reviews appearing on its website, canadianart.ca." – app description.
(June 3, 2013)
The Belleville Times is one of a series of new Newsstand apps released for the papers of the North Jersey Media Group by NewspaperDirect. The choice of going with this vendor is probably a good one as the apps are well done and allow for native tablet and smartphone layouts of stories.
The downside, though, is that the publisher allowed these apps to be released under the vendor's name rather than their own which will make it harder to get their brand names back should they choose at a later time to go in another direction.
(May 30, 2013)
Reader's Digest Association has released a new tablet edition for Country Magazine. The app description uses very nice looking screenshots that hide the fact that the Newsstand app is only going to present the reader with a replica edition rather than a natively designed tablet magazine.
Readers can get a one month free trial of the magazine by subscribing (and then immediately canceling). More and more I wonder the value of this approach as I'm sure there are plenty of readers who have learned to game the system. A better approach may simply be to offer a nice price on a 1-month subscription.
(May 29, 2013)
The new app for The New Zealand Herald maybe a replica, but it is built by NewspaperDirect, which means that it also contains native tab layouts of news stories, as well. It is a perfectly good and logical solution for a paper that wants a digital alternative.
The only thing the publisher of the paper, APN Holdings NZ Limited, did was let the vendor put the app into the store under their name rather than the publisher's. It's a lazy and inexcusable thing because now the name of the paper is forever under the control of the vendor. Either the paper should have spent the measly 99 bucks to create their own account, or had the vendor use a unique app name, like The New Zealand Herald iPad edition, or something along those lines.
After three years of the tablet platform, you'd think newspaper publishers would have learned a little something about tablet publishing. Oh well. Old dog, new tricks, or something like that.
(May 29, 2013)
Fresh Produce Journal is another of those replica edition apps that appear under the name of the vendor rather than the publisher – in my opinion, a sign that the publisher has little respect for their own title. (The app description does not even contain a link back to the magazine's website.) In this case, the replica maker is Exact Editions which makes perfectly adequate PDF editions, if that is what your vision of digital publishing is limited to.
The UK title is selling subscriptions for a monthly charge of £4.99, or an annual charge of £39.99.
(May 28, 2013)
Fast Company is in the Newsstand! Again!
Actually, this is the Chinese version of the Mansueto Ventures business magazine, officially called 快公司Fast Company (hopefully those Chinese characters reproduce properly in your browser).
The app description, in Chinese, tells potential readers what the magazine is about:
"Created 18 years ago, with its unique focus of media attention, attention to technological innovation, ethics, economics, leadership and design fields. "Fast Company" with the most advanced business leaders as part of its readers, authors, and the protagonist, inspire readers and users to think boldly beyond traditional boundaries, leading the dialogue, rendering future business blueprint." (Google translation)
Certainly there is no clearer sign that Apple's App Store, and hence its Newsstand, are starting to penetrate the Chinese market that the growing number of magazine titles launched for Chinese readers.
But while the U.S. edition of Fast Company is a native tablet edition, built by Joe Zeff Design (can't get better than that), Chinese readers will have to settle for a PDF-based replica edition.
(May 23, 2013)
Seeing the scan bar still on the cover of a digital magazine, and for that unaltered cover to be used as the app icon of a digital magazine inside the Apple Newsstand is usually a very bad sign. I mean, really, how lazy can you get?
The app for PARIS Capitale is actually kind of nice. It opens to an introduction page before heading over to the store. There is also a nice preview inside – again something one wishes other publishers would provide.
If it seems like I'm trying really hard to say something nice, well, I am. Because what follows is simply another of those hard to read replicas that depend on pinch-to-zoom to increase its font size to something an art director would consider acceptable.
(May 22, 2013)
It is certainly rare to be able to write about two new Greek Newsstand apps on the same day (see ΜΟΥΣΑ #3 post). But this app from Smart Press Publishing for mobile life magazine is almost the complete opposite of the app from Lambrakis Press.
First, this app supports the Apple Newsstand so readers will be able to have their new issues download automatically. But, second, this is a replica edition app, not the native tablet design seen in the three Mousa apps. Hopefully, we will soon see a new tablet edition that takes a middle route of supporting the Newsstand, asking a fair subscription price, and native tablet design without going too crazy with interactivity so production can be efficiently handled each production cycle.
(May 22, 2013)
One of the great thing about digital magazine newsstands is that they bring hard to find titles to readers. France Today now is in the Apple Newsstand – that's the good news – the bad news is that comes as a PixelMags app.
Not all magazines look bad as replicas. But those titles with sophisticated layouts and lots of graphics really suffer when created as a replica. If they must be done in this fashion the least the publisher can do is heavily discount the digital publication. But France Today will cost readers $34.99 (£24.49) for a year's subscription – far to high for such a cheap and lazy publishing solution.
(May 22, 2013)
New Zealand's Food Mag apparently used to be called Foodtown Magazine, 60K+ magazine that gets distribution through supermarkets. The newly released Newsstand app is universal, and as is fairly typical, the iPhone version gets only one, mis-sized screenshot.
The app description woefully small, not giving the potential reader sufficient information about the app and its magazine. The developer link goes to ClanMouse, but that website simply says "We are currently re-thinking this whole website thing." Yeah. That should drive more business.
(May 20, 2013)
Saveurs is the French food magazine often confused with the Bonnier owned Saveur. The French title is published by Editions Hubert Burda and today they've launched a tablet edition, their first Newsstand app.
Readers will probably find it as disappointing as the Bonnier app as it, too, is a replica edition – though one with a few more enhancements. The annual subscription rate is 39,99 € for the ten issues.
(May 17, 2013)
+972 This Week is a new Newsstand digital magazine that its app description says is "owned by a group of journalists, bloggers and photographers whose goal is to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of events in Israel and Palestine."
The app uses the 29th Street Publishing platform, and as a result shows up under their name (which readers of TNM know drives me crazy). 29th Street Publishing apps can best be described as looking like a Kindle Edition, with the same awkward looking layouts and one-size fits all image slots. The idea is that the digital magazine will work on smartphones, and they do, but on the iPad they look primitive and rather anti-design.
The new digital magazine comes with a one week free trial. Hopefully the journalists will seek out a different platform as this one does not showcase their work in the best way possible. Content may indeed be king, but good magazine design, even on tablets, is not a vice.
(May 16, 2013)
Hoofbeats Magazine is an Australian equestrian magazine that now has a new universal Newsstand app. The app has a very badly designed library that leads to a subscription page, but not back again. Designers will also notice the skeuomorphic design of the app, something that would drive many of them crazy.
The magazine is says an annual subscription is $32.99 in the app description, then AUS $29.99 in the app itself, but is actually priced at $26.99 when bought in the U.S. App Store.
(May 15, 2013)
There has to be a worse replica edition ever, right? I mean some magazine app has to be the worst created, just like there has to a best. So I guess we can thank the folks over at Az Big Media for making an app that fits one of those descriptions.
AZ Business Magazine is a Newsstand replica edition for both the iPhone and iPad. The page design does not fit the iPad, so maybe it looks better on the iPhone (it can't look worse), but at least its free of charge to download. The fuzzy PDF pages need to be scrolled to reach the bottom of the page, and in landscape the page blows up to an enormous size. Honestly, it is hard to believe that someone at the publishing company didn't stop and ask "do we really want to do this?"
Oh, actually this is the publisher's second Newsstand app. The first was for Scottsdale Living. That app has three 5-star reviews, all from people named Shep. Make of that what you will.
(May 13, 2013)
If at first you don't succeed... The Gentle Kitchen vegan magazine is the Newsstand version of a previous paid stand-alone app of the same magazine. Published by Heather Hunt, the vegan food magazine will be charging $3.99 for single issues, with an annual (6 issues) subscription priced at $12.
The previous app is still in the store, called The Gentle Kitchen, which no doubt is what the publisher wishes they could call their Newsstand app, as well But Apple doesn't allow that which means you have to be really careful when naming your app. It is probably wise to not name your app exactly the same as the actual magazine – try adding a little something to the end like "for the iPad" or "HD" so as to avoid losing your magazine's brand to an old app.
(May 13, 2013)
Aucklandia Magazine is, as its website states, "a semi-regular exploration of Auckland City, its people and their eccentricities through the lens of street photography. The first issue (Looking Glass) takes a gander at four stories about this sleepy little urbana. Oh, and it's completely free!"
The new tablet-only magazine is published by Aucklandia.com, a street photography blog – "Stories about Auckland, its people and their oddities told through the lens."
The app is a simple one, but not in the way of the more trendy The Magazine or The Loop. No, this digital magazine does not try and make a tablet magazine into a Kindle Edition. It uses the interactivity of the tablet platform seriously by using animation, slideshows to tell its stories, not show off.
This is an excellent tablet edition that is progressive not reactionary in its approach to the tablet publishing platform.
(May 10, 2013)
You have to give Dennis Publishing some credit, at least they let you know when they have gotten lazy and have chosen to throw a replica edition at you – the put the word "replica" right in the app name. Actually, this is a really smart idea, really. It allows the publisher to launch another app, a natively designed edition, at a later time, while not burning the name of the magazine with the replica edition.
The latest app released is Computeractive Replica App, which as the name states, is the replica edition of the UK computer title. The was built by PixelMags.
Dennis Publishing is not exactly blowing people away with their digital publishing strategy, but at least they are honest in their Newsstand marketing.
(May 9, 2013)
Your Trade Bix Mag is a digital-only magazine from Astill Hawke & Associates, a New Zealand accounting firm. The obvious purpose of the new digital magazine is to promote the firm – content marketing, in others words.
What makes this one different is that the company is using the Apple Newsstand to distribute its digital publication, and they are charging for the app, something a bit unusual for a Newsstand app. The plus side of a paid app is that the reader knows they are paying for the content, the download is that it will discourage downloads, and also may lead some to think that all the content inside will be free (since they have already paid for the app). The app description makes it pretty clear that there are paid subscription costs inside the app.
Which brings us to the obvious question: if the new digital magazine helps promote the accounting business, why are they charging for the magazine?
(May 7, 2013)
Vancouver's Guide is a new digital magazine from Matthew Blair. The plan for the new tablet-only magazine is to publish quarterly.
"While traditional guide books send writers to Vancouver for a few weeks to become “experts”, Vancouver’s Guide publishes a quarterly edition that is filled with recommendations from real Vancouverites. We take a candid look at what makes Vancouver, well, Vancouver," reads the app description.
Subscriptions are available for $9.99 annually, with individual issues available for $2.99.
(May 6, 2013)
The new tablet edition for Gallop Magazine, from Swedish publisher Genberg & Co AB, bills itself as "a feel-good magazine for everybody fascinated by horse racing. We are not about betting or race results. We are all about horses, people, places and passion."
The magazine is published quarterly and single issues can be downloaded into the Apple Newsstand app at $4.99 a piece. An annual subscription is priced at $15.99.
(May 3, 2013)
Nevada Business Magazine is clearly a replica edition. How is it so easy to tell? Well, for one thing the app does not appear under the publisher's name, a sure sign that someone at the magazine has taken the cheap and easy way out of launching a tablet edition. The second easy way to tell is that the app is universal – that means that what is nearly impossible to read on the iPad will be absolutely impossible to read on the iPhone. The third way to tell is when to see the link in the app description that says "Nevada Business Magazine" – click it – and find yourself taken not to the publishers own website but to the vendor's site.
This replica was built and launched by Bluepaper, a company I am not very familiar with. The vendor's website is no help in learning about the company as it uses the same out-of-the-box WordPress template that I used for the TNM Digital Media website. Maybe they are using it as a temporary website, too.
(May 2, 2013)
PennWell, which recently released its first Newsstand app with Proofs (see TNM post here) today saw there second title appear – JEMS Digital Edition. (JEMS stands for the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.)
The app uses the GTxcel platform (formerly known as Texterity), as did Proofs, to create a replica edition of the print edition of the 47,000+ circulation BPA-audited trade magazine.
Single issues are available at $1.99 a piece, while an annual subscription is priced at $19.99.
(May 1, 2013)
Focus on Health Magazine is the branded magazine from North Shore-LIJ Health Systems and is published by True North Custom Publishing. This new Newsstand app is the fourth released by the custom publisher – others being MD News, HIT Exchange Magazine, and Doctoring Magazine, also published for North Shore-LIJ Health Systems.
The simple, but effective native tablet edition is free of charge to download and access, as one would expect from customer magazine.
(May 1, 2013)
Invited Magazine is a new tablet edition from Poland, published under the developer account name of photographer Martyna Gumula. The free magazine is designed for the tablet platform and the first issue inside the app's library weighs in at 297 MB.
The digital publishing platform used for the Apple Newsstand app, the first I've looked at from Poland, appears to be Mag+. The library also contains a sample of the magazine as well, though I found the download for the entire issue very fast.
(April 30, 2013)
UBM Medica LLC has released its first tablet edition into the Apple Newsstand, a native tablet edition for Physicians Practice. The app and its issue inside are free of charge.
The first tablet issue weighs in at around 145 MB. The design is portrait-only, which keeps the file size down and makes for slightly simpler conversion to the tablet design.
From the app description:
The Physicians Practice app for iPad will deliver quarterly issues, combining our most popular topics with exclusive, multi-media features including:(April 29, 2013)
- High resolution images and diagrams
- Podcasts and videos from leading practice management experts
- Interactive graphics that provide greater insight to our exclusive survey data
- Personalized tools and calculators
One of the toughest challenges print magazine publishers face when creating digital editions is understanding that they aren't dealing with print any longer. PaddleMag's new tablet edition fails that challenge.
The app was created with PixelMags, which is usually a bad sign right off the bat. PixelMags is a replica maker, though like any replica vendor, if the original material is designed for the tablet, like many of the MagCast tablet mags are, the results can be acceptable. This one, though, is designed off the online flipbook, which is designed to look like a print magazine. As a result, this new tablet edition could be called a replica of a knock-off. I'm quite sure that's not a good thing.
(April 25, 2013)
Architecture + Design is a new replica edition released for Media Transasia and is "powered by Wink Technology Solutions – a company I had not previously heard about.
So what does the app description say about the new Newsstand app? "Doc n Doc is India's first ever Doctors' information and lifestyle magazine." Oops, looks like the vendor put the wrong app description on the new magazine app. Those funny replica vendors!
(Another of the publisher's apps released today has as its entire app description the word "Child" – the name of the magazine. That's it.)
(April 25, 2013)
Disney Junior Magazine is being touted in the app description as the "very first Disney magazine available on Apple’s Newsstand!" The interactive magazine is offering subscriptions at $9.99 for one year.
A sample issue is included in the app library, and single issues and back issues can be purchased, as well.
(April 24, 2013)
RC Magazine is the digital version of Revista Cinematografica, a Nicaraguan film magazine. The app appears under the developer account name of Julio Tapia, who is the general manager of the magazine and president of the advertising agency Puma S.A.
The app description is woefully short of both text and screenshots, and there is apparently a typo in the developer account (oops), as well. But ultimately the success of this app will depend on the number of Nicaraguans who have iPads and can access the tablet edition.
(April 23, 2013)
BetterPress, which updated its customer's apps today, also issued a new digital magazine app called BeautyBliss Magazine. The publisher is Candace Roadknight from British Columbia.
Single issues are $1.99, and an annual subscription is priced at $9.99.
(April 22, 2013)
The digital services company Pixl8 Interactive Ltd has released a new tablet edition for AIMA Journal, the Alternative Investment Management Association’s flagship publication.
The effort was pretty sloppy as the app description does not contain screenshots of the new digital edition, and the link back to Pixl8's own website is bad. This appears to be the agency's first app release so many we should cut them some slack – hopefully their publishing client will, as well.
(April 19, 2013)
TIME Magazine has produced a special edition for publication inside its tablet app. If you recall, TIME originally launched weekly apps rather than one app that served as a container for all its issues. The advantage of that approach, which was admittedly unsustainable, was that the new weekly app would appear at the top of the new releases. With Apple now in total control of what readers see inside the App Store the only way readers will know of the special edition is if Apple helps Time Inc. out – they haven't, what is being promoted now is "Home Inspiration".
As a result this new special edition will come... then it will be gone.
(April 18, 2013)
It may be called HD Mag on the cover but its app name is a long one: Hockey Development Magazine Tips and Systems Drills for Hockey Coaches and Players. The app comes from Jeremy Weiss who runs a hockey development business which he can now promote through his new digital magazine.
The Newsstand app offers the debut magazine for free, though single issues will eventually cost $7.99 a piece, or readers can subscribe for only $1.99 a month (seems like the way to go).
This is another of those digital-only magazines that have launched using the MagCast platform, very popular with first time digital publishers. I might also that here again we have a new magazine launch that won't be recorded by either the magazine tracking services or the trade industry journals.
(April 17, 2013)
OK, it's not a totally new app for Hearst's Esquire Magazine, but it's a big update – now up to version 3.0. Besides, it's nice to see Robert Redford on the front of TNM for a change, right?
"Now featuring a brand new, improved storefront as well as stability fixes. Browse our extended catalogue of eBooks, standalone apps, and more," says the app description. Print subscribers, though, are still complaining about having to pay for digital.
(April 16, 2013)
Warners Group Publications's The Chap - A journal for the Modern Gentleman takes a satirical look at the modern world through the eyes of an old-fashioned English gentleman.
The magazine may make fun of old-fashioned English gentleman, but the digital version is an old-fashioned replica edition, I wonder if they see the irony in that?
Annual subscriptions (6 issues) are £14.99, or US$20.99.
(April 16, 2013)
SOFW Journal is a chemical trade journal, published since 1874, which offers practical application oriented science. The app description states that the new tablet edition offers the print magazine as well as a "number of add-ons including direct links, QR code content access, presentations, fullscreen figures previews, slideshows and additional information on selected items."
The app and its contents are currently being offered free of charge by its publisher, Verlag fuer chemische Industrie H. Ziolkowsky GmbH.
(April 15, 2013)
Nordic Style Magazine, the app description states, is a new online fashion magazine focusing on fashion and design from the Nordic countries. The app uses the PressPad platform, another PDF solution vendor.
PressPad charges $499 for a single issue, or $129 a month for a Newsstand app (those are pretty expensive PDFs, don't you think?)
The app offers subscriptions to the digital magazine for $10 for 6 months, and $17 for a year. The magazine is found under the developer name of the publisher, Soffia Tryggvadottir, who is NYC based.
(April 15, 2013)
The 'edição Lusa' of GQ magazine, GQ Portugal, targets the Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique and Angola markets. One-year subscriptions are priced at €13.99.
The app was released by Cofina Media, which has numerous titles inside the Apple Newsstand including Vogue Portugal.
(April 11, 2013)
Hit Tap Magazine is a new tablet-only magazine from a developer that turns out to be an equipment distributor from Hanoi, Vietnam (Vecomtech Co., Ltd.) At least one of the screenshots contains text with a typo so I would proceed with caution if I were you.
Hit Tap Magazine will be dedicated to matching the incredible demand for the latest and greatest Touch Screen Devices. Each month Hit Tap Magazine rounds up the best applications & games launched, carefully tested & rated for you to know where to spend your valuable money; you can also watch videos of our experts discovering the apps, games & services to see if they're suitable for you. You also got detailed reviews & attractive real image slideshows of cases, docks, headphones, speakers, keyboards & styluses that will maximize the enjoyment of your touch devices. – App Description
(April 11, 2013)
1966 Magazine is a new tablet edition released into the Apple Newsstand by Alicia Suggs.
"1966 Magazine is the new guilty pleasure for black women who want to know the latest trends in fashion, beauty, hair, travel, entertainment and lifestyle. Geared towards sexy, stylish ladies we give you the inside scoop, so you can see what's hot now in major cities throughout the world from fashion week to Hollywood parties. 1966 Magazine has articles and feature stories written by and for women of color that will inspire you and enrich your life," reads the app description.
Single issues are $2.99, a one-year subscription is $19.99. The app itself is unique in that it is charging $2.99 for the download, something few Newsstand apps choose to do.
(April 10, 2013)
Active Interest Media (AIM) has released a first tablet edition for its title Amazing Wellness. The app presents readers with a replica edition inside where they can subscribe for $1.99 per month, or $19.99 for the year. Single issues are priced at $3.99.
AIM has 20 tablet editions inside the Apple Newsstand, most of which, but not all, are replicas. Yoga Journal appears to be leading the way in regards to native tablet design, though that app is getting hammered by reader reviews due to its policy of charging print subscribers for access to the digital edition.
(April 10, 2013)
Groupe Marie Claire has released two new tablet editions into the Apple Newsstand: Avantages and Marie Claire Idées, both are uninspiring replica editions, however.
The French publisher previously launched tablet editions for magazines it publishes for the French market Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire France. So far the company has shown no urge to explore the possibilities of native tablet publishing, despite the fact that French readers inside the App Store have given the previously released replica editions very poor reviews.
(April 9, 2013)
CFO Publishing has launched a new universal iOS app, CFO Publications, to house their CFO Handbooks and eBriefs are finance-driven eBooks. The price of an annual subscription is $13.99.
One has to ask, though, how does one publish an eBook inside an Apple Newsstand app? Guess you'll have to download to find out.
(April 8, 2013)
Editorial Projects in Education has released a new tablet edition for its title Education Week. The app offers single issues at $3.99, and subscriptions at $39.99 and $69.99 for 18 issues and 36 issues respectively.
There is a free "issue" inside the app by the download actually only takes you to the publication's website, a rather bizarre way to offer a publication.
(April 8, 2013)
NewspaperDirect has launched an updated version of the iOS app for the Irish Independent (the app appears under NewspaperDirect's name inside the Apple Newsstand).
The app includes replica editions for both the daily newspaper and Sunday Independent or the Evening Herald with subscriptions priced separately at 14,49 € and 5,99 € respectively.
(April 4, 2013)
Hospitality Showcase Magazine is a tablet-only magazine from Australian publisher Associated Media Group. The publisher prints a print directory product for this industry, but this appears to be strictly a digital-only magazine launch.
The app looks like it was created using the Adobe DPS, and its design is completely influenced by print design. Both the app and its premiere issue inside are free to download and access.
(April 4, 2013)
The cover of Adelaide Hills Magazine brags that the magazine was Australia's regional magazine of the year in 2012. But the new tablet edition won't be winning an award anytime soon as it is a replica edition that shows up in the Apple Newsstand under the vendor's name, rather than the publisher's. The cover is a dead giveaway that the app is a replica as it retains the bar scan, something that the art director could easily have removed when creating the PDF.
But that is the attraction of these replica solutions, they are cheap and easy. The line seems to work inside the offices of magazine publishers very well.
(April 4, 2013)
"ELEMENT is the first of his kind dedicated to the Asian gay men" – or so says the app description for this new tablet edition from EPIC MEDIA Pte. Ltd.
The app is $1.99 which is also the price for individual issues inside the Newsstand app.
"The magazine aims to put the Asian gay men in the context of a larger world that we live in, how we look, live and socialize; what we eat, listen to and watch; and who leads and inspires us."
(April 3, 2013)
Urban Lux Magazine is a quarterly magazine that has launched a new tablet edition inside the Apple Newsstand. Single issues are priced at $2.99, while a subscription is $12.99 (no discount, apparently).
From the app description: Our mission is to celebrate socially aware individuals, organizations and businesses as we highlight their individual careers, successes, challenges and contributions to our society. City Living, Lifestyle, Culture, Fashion and Entertainment is also significant to our purpose. Urban Lux Magazine readers are a community of trendsetting movers and shakers. They are not your average group of individuals, but a group of fashion forward, community focused and ambitious people with a desire to network, socialize, and give back to a variety of causes all while having a little fun in the process.
(April 2, 2013)
ARTNews is the kind of magazine made for tablets with their high resolution displays. But ARTNews chose to go with MAZ Digital, known more for "enhanced" replica editions rather than native tablet solutions (and it's ridiculously expensive, on top of that). Worse, the app description warns readers that paying for the tablet edition does not grant the reader access to the subscription-only content on the website.
The digital magazine is priced to pretty much force the reader to subscribe, with single issues priced at $4.99, while the six-month subscription is $14.99.
(April 1, 2013)
Is Apple playing an April Fools Day joke on us, or is this a real digital magazine: Gobbler Geeks from Booner Media, all you'll ever need to know about huntin' down turkeys, now in the Newsstand. (Wonder if there is an article in the premiere issue about hunting with Dick Cheney?)
Single issues are priced at $1.99, and annual subscription can be had at $7.99.
(April 1, 2013)
Rumba is the fourth tablet edition released by Finnish company Pop Media Oy. The print magazines all look quite interesting, though the tablet apps appear more appropriate for covering the music of Lawrence Welk than for more modern music. These are very disappointing.
The replica editions also are priced rather high for what you get: an unimaginative take on the new digital publishing platform.
(March 29, 2013)
Bauer Media has released two new Newsstand apps for Classic Car Weekly and Classic Cars Magazine - unfortunately, both are replica editions. The weekly car magazine may work in print, but its tight layouts and small text really is out of place on a tablet.
The more traditional looking Classic Cars Magazine is better, though a title like this cries out for some video content. The photography all looks great, but again the layouts are ruined by the fact that the pages are shrunk down.
(March 28, 2013)
Cape Code Magazine is published by Rabideau Media Group and they have just released a replica edition using the PixelMags platform – which is what the platform produces. An annual subscription (10 issues) will cost the reader $12.99.
The app is universal, which is the norm from PixelMags, reproducing the standard-sized magazine down to a four inch screen. Better bring a magnifying glass.
(March 27, 2013)
The full name of this new tablet edition is Crema Magazine Australia’s Premier Coffee Lifestyle Magazine, maybe not the longest app name ever, but it's close. The new tablet edition appears under the name of the replica maker, unfortunately, in this case MagazineCloner – and as it's a replica the app will not make you a latte, which any developer will tell you is totally possible with a native tablet app (right?).
The magazine is a quarterly and subscriptions are in 6-month increments (£6.99/ US$9.99/AUD$10.49) and 12-month (£13.49/ US$18.99/AUD$19.99). Four back issues are available, as well (£12.99/ US$17.99/AUD$18.99).
(March 27, 2013)
The Washington Spector is an independent political journal with a circulation around 60K. It is not a terribly attractive magazine, designed like a newsletter, so when the publisher decided to go with PixelMags to create a replica edition app and opportunity was lost to reinvent itself for new readers.
The Washington Spectator is charging $.99 for single copies, and subscriptions are priced at $1.99 per month, $9.99 for six months, and $17.99 for an annual subscription.
(March 27, 2013)
Charged Magazine is a free technology magazine for the Irish retailer Carphone Warehouse. The magazine was created by Bottle Top Media, and they are listed as the developer in the app description.
The app was released without screenshots and practically no real app description, so one assumes this is a replica edition, rather than a new native tablet edition.
(March 26, 2013)
App Description: "From the publishers of Hoodgrown Magazine comes Rapp Weekly. Rapp Weekly is a bi-weekly publication focusing on upcoming indie and major label artists." The new digital magazine uses the Magzter platform to produce a native tablet design in portrait orientation.
A 3-month subscriptions is $4.99, 6-month is $10.99, and an annual sub is priced at $20.99. The publisher has another Magzter newsstand digital magazine, as well. The post on Reader's Mobile can be seen here.
(March 26, 2013)
Discovery Magazine is a custom publishing product from John Brown Media Group for the South African health insurer. The new tablet edition is a hybrid, with the editorial reformatted for the iPad and the advertising as seen in print.
The app can be found under the Media Innovations developer account. The digital magazine edition appears to have been created using the Adobe DPS platform.
(March 25, 2013)
SPLAT! Magazine is a new interactive tablet magazine for kids, the first published under the developer account name of 'Vincent Vincent. The link in the app description takes you to the website of Souper Media, which appears to still be a work in progress for the London, England developer.
"The first issue of SPLAT! is the ultimate boredom buster!" reads the app description. Individual issues are priced at £2.49 ($3.99 US) and an annual subscription is priced at £27.49 ($38.99).
(March 25, 2013)
Apple's app review team continues to show little regard for what they accept into the Newsstand. Click on the cover at right to see the one and only screenshot submitted by this 'publisher'.
The Dating Life charges $3.99 for the app, a clear sign that something is wrong, as few Newsstand apps charge for anything other than the issues inside.
(March 25, 2013)
Edible East End for iPad is a new replica edition of the 70+ 'Edible' local food magazines. Although a replica, the app appears inside the Apple Newsstand under the name of the publisher.
The app most likely comes from the print, The Sheridan Group, which has been using the BlueToad app solution. For a look at the Edible Marin & Wine app, which appears identical, read this earlier TNM post.
(March 23, 2013)
Inferno is a new tablet edition released by Pop Media Oy. The metal magazine is the 3rd Newsstand magazine app released by the publisher from Finland. Individual issues are priced at €4.49, with subscriptions priced at €19.99.
The app screenshots give the impression that the app is a replica edition, as it maintains its multi-column page layouts, not usually seen in native tablet design.
(March 22, 2013)