The publishing business is an extremely fragile one, and nowhere is that more true than with companies who specialize in magazines. Now, giants like Time Inc. are finally starting to embrace Apple’s Newsstand as the path to a new digital future.
While the printing process today may not resemble the one invented by Gutenberg back in the 1400’s, there haven’t been any significant advancements with the printing press since the advent of desktop publishing in the ‘80s -- that is, until now.
First introduced in 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg, and still in use by enthusiasts today, letterpress printing uses raised blocks of reversed, reusable letters and graphics laid out in a frame, which are then inked and pressed onto a sheet of paper to produce a right-reading image. Those born after the advent of desktop publishing can now experience such old- world craftsmanship right on their Mac, thanks to the $9.99 LetterMpress app.
There are plenty of digital comics being unveiled as the San Diego Comic-Con 2011 kicks off on Thursday, but nowhere is the digital realm being mined more for interactive and rich media extras more than Graphicly, who are helping comic creators expand their horizons like never before.
Apple has scored another high-profile publication for its iPad subscription model, this time Bloomberg Businessweek -- and it’s one of the most affordable, at a mere 75 cents per issue with an introductory subscription.
We’re guessing that Apple may use Wednesday’s iPad media event to at least mention that publishing giant Random House is now part of the iBookstore after switching to the agency model -- with a number of titles already available.
One of the biggest holdouts from Apple’s iBookstore may finally join the party, now that Random House has announced a switch to an agency model for e-books, effective Tuesday, March 1. But what does it mean for iBooks?
Since it's debut this past July, Flipboard has been making sure that users of the iPad application always have something fresh to read available, with content delivered from a number of popular online sources and linked material from the user's Twitter and Facebook friends. Thanks to Flipboard's innovative approach to content aggregation, it quickly became one of the most popular free news readers available in the iTunes App Store, boasting scads of satisfied users and a large number of glowing reviews. However, up until now, Flipboard has suffered from the same issue plaguing the majority of other iOS-based content aggregation applications: a lack of support from many of the major media outlets that it draws its content from. This means that while you could, for example, have headline-worthy content from the New York Times collected by Flipboard, you wouldn't be able to read more than a few lines of the story.
If a story posted today has it right, all of that could be about to change.
Adobe has announced that it is launching a new Digital Publishing Platform that will combine the mechanics and user interface of InDesign CS5 with other tools that will aid publishers in making their print content iPad friendly.