It’s tough to compete with free content, as Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is apparently starting to realize -- their iPad-exclusive Project magazine is now available free of charge through December 29.
You’d think that being crowned Apple’s iPad App of the Year (not to mention one of TIME magazine’s top 50 innovations of 2010) might make the cats at Flipboard lazy, but that’s not the case -- they’ve just rolled out a major 1.1 update which adds Google Reader, Flickr and a host of user-requested features.
If you’re a Facebook and/or Twitter junkie who hasn’t quite found the best reading experience on the iPad just yet, you might want to take a look at a new free option called Flipboard, which turns your social content into a magazine-style experience.
Zinio's multiplatform reader -- which lets you download digital magazines and view them on numerous devices, including iPhone and Mac -- expands to iPad in a stellar app, delivering hundreds of top publications with single issue and subscription purchases. At launch, the Zinio app displayed a few frustrating stumbles, including slow-loading pages and blurry text when zooming. Luckily, numerous post-release updates have largely addressed these quibbles, making for a worthwhile reading experience on the iPad.
Much has been made of the iPad's potential to change the way we consume
books, newspapers, and other texts of all shapes and sizes, and one
company that seems particularly poised to take advantage of the
tablet's 9.7-inch multitouch display is Zinio. Since 2002, the company
has provided digital versions of popular magazines (as well as a
selection of books) to a variety of platforms, with top titles like
Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Cosmopolitan available for purchase. With
the iPad launch in sight, Zinio president and CEO Rich Maggiotto spoke
with us earlier this month about designing its app for the device and
bringing a new level of interactivity to digital publications.