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E-magazine service Zinio reportedly seeks buyer
June 25, 2012 | 9:15 pm

And speaking of e-magazines, CNN’s Fortune Magazine has broken the story that Zinio, the original e-newsstand app, is now seeking a buyer, to the tune of $50 to $100 million. CNN calls Zinio a competitor to Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s Newsstand apps, but Zinio has been around since long before the Kindle was even a twinkle in Jeff Bezos’s eye, let alone the Johnny-come-lately Newsstand app belying Steve Jobs’s claim that nobody reads anymore. We first mentioned Zinio back in 2002, as “proprietary software designed for reading magazines on tablet PCs.” It popped up again in 2004 (only available...

Condé Nast opens tablet reader metrics program to all advertisers
March 15, 2012 | 11:24 pm

Conde-NastAd Age reports that Condé Nast is going to open a program offering more information on the habits of tablet magazine readers to all its advertisers. The program started out with a trial run that only provided the information to select advertisers. The information will cover ten weeks after each issue comes out, and include the number of paid subscriptions and single-copy sales, the number of people who actually read the issues, the total number of times they opened it, and how much time they spent reading it. Premium advertisers will get extra information based on how customers engage...

Flipboard launches advertising program with Condé Nast
July 25, 2011 | 12:16 pm

flipboard-new-yorker-amex-ad-mIn partnership with Condé Nast, e-magazine app Flipboard has started introducing advertising to some of its feeds, beginning with The New Yorker magazine. But Flipboard users need not fret that their app is going to go the way of the web, with intrusive advertisements that distract from the content. Flipboard CEO Mike McCue insists that the app is going to follow a more magazine-like model. “In many cases, people often look to magazines for the advertising,” [McCue] said. “That’s not the case with web ads. It has a lot to do with the format of online...

iPad magazine publishing with Adobe costs at least £7003 per year
April 26, 2011 | 10:51 pm

How expensive should it be to publish an iPad magazine app? If you said it should cost at least £7003 ($11,537) per year, then you’ll like the deal Adobe is offering with the latest version of its Digital Publishing Suite, the iPad magazine InDesign plugin. Designer Elliot Jay Stocks blogs about Adobe’s pricing scheme, which involves a £3636 platform fee plus a minimum of £3367 set toward the .16 per issue Distribution Service Fee Adobe charges.This is in addition to the cost of the software itself, which doesn’t exactly come cheap, and the 30% fee Apple charges for...

Confusion over what happens when Kindle magazine subscriptions canceled: do back-issues also vanish?
April 19, 2011 | 1:11 am

Gizmodo points out a drawback of subscribing to magazines through the Kindle: when you cancel your subscription, you lose not only future issues of the magazine, but the previous issues you already paid for as well. Furthermore, you can’t transfer old issues to a new device if you’re switching over. This seems to be a rather serious flaw in the subscription method. It would be one thing if a subscription essentially gave you access to all issues, past and present, so that if you were to resubscribe you’d be able to read everything once more. That seems like a more logical...

iPad personalized magazine aggregator Zite draws publisher ire for reformatting web content
April 1, 2011 | 1:01 am

ZitelogoRemember when the New York Times got upset about RSS reader Pulse making use of its feed? And Gizmodo wondered whether Flipboard was legal for the use it made of publishers’ content? The controversy is popping up again with iPad news app Zite. Zite is a remarkable iPad application and I’ve been meaning to review it for a while now. Essentially, it’s a sort of “Pandora for news”—it looks at your social network feeds and, rather than aggregating news posts from those feeds like Flipboard, tries to guess what sorts of news you’d be interested in, and goes...

The Project issue 4 released free thanks to American Express sponsorship
March 20, 2011 | 5:31 pm

project4As The Daily prepares to flip the switch to charging a fee, the paid magazine from Richard Branson’s company Virgin is going free. The fourth issue of the iPad magazine The Project is free through the Apple store “for a limited period only” due to an American Express sponsorship, As PaidContent points out, one nice thing about a paid corporate sponsorship is that the company doesn’t have to pony up 30% of its revenue to Apple. It also means a lot more people are likely to read it, which means advertisers are more likely to have interest in...

Time Inc. and Sports Illustrated roll out “all access” digital subscriptions for Android
February 11, 2011 | 12:22 pm

AndroidFrom the press release: Time Inc. and Sports Illustrated announced the introduction of new "All Access" digital subscription plans that will deliver the iconic print magazine to consumers at all touch points (or on all platforms) beginning today with Android tablets and smartphones as well as on the web at This is the first of Time Inc.'s emerging digital subscription programs, designed to offer consumers a flexible approach to accessing its branded titles. Earlier this week, Time Inc. announced plans to make TIME, Fortune, People and Sports Illustrated available for subscription on the HP TouchPad when it is introduced...

On making digital subscriptions work, by Adam Hodgkin
February 11, 2011 | 9:22 am

Images All Things Digital has an interesting essay by John Squires: "Apple, Google and the Publishers: Here’s How to Make Subscriptions Work". Squires used to be a senior executive at Time Inc and is founder of Next Issue Media a company that is stealthily developing a new approach to marketing and selling digital magazines on tablet platforms. Squires echoes cries of anguish that have been coming from his peers in the consumer magazine industry: In recent weeks, we’ve heard growing concern from magazine and newspaper publishers regarding the challenge of providing content for mobile media while preserving their print franchises. The concern is nothing new,...

Locus now offering a digital edition
February 8, 2011 | 10:07 am

Screen shot 2011 02 08 at 10 06 20 AMReader Brian Eberling got an email from Locus about this. Here it is: We are pleased to announce that Locus now offers a digital version of the magazine! With the January 2011 issue, everything you’ve always loved about Locus is now available in an easy to read and affordable electronic format. With the digital issue you don’t have to wait for the post office to deliver. Your issue arrives via email on the first of the month. It is portable and easily read on your PC or e-reader. The digital subscription includes pdf, e-pub and Kindle formats. If being green is important to you, the amount of physical space needed...

Review of the typography of The Daily
February 7, 2011 | 3:05 pm

Screen shot 2011 02 07 at 3 04 37 PM We've all seen plenty of reviews of The Daily, but how about a review of its typography! As a "font fan" I found this fascinating. Here's a snippet: ... While the content is on the lighter side, the design isn’t frivolous or cute. It’s not Gray Lady formal, but it does have the look of a fairly serious weekly news magazine. Much of this posture comes from steering clear of ultra-modern or casual typefaces and choosing the more conservative Founders Grotesk, Kris Sowersby’s ode to English Grots of the early 1900s. Sowersby toned down the idiosyncrasies of the...

Long downloads hinder acceptance of digital magazines
February 7, 2011 | 9:29 am

ImagesNick Bilton has a good article in the NY Times Bits blog about the race between digital and print magazines. I especially liked his opening: This morning I decide to try a little experiment: I opened up my iPad, clicked on the little Wired icon and purchased the magazine’s latest digital issue. After I agreed to fork over $4, it began downloading. For the next phase of the experiment, I grabbed my car keys, left my apartment and drove about 12 blocks to a local magazine store in Brooklyn, where I also purchased the latest issue of Wired magazine,...

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