As anyone in the publishing business can tell you, it's expensive to print magazines -- particularly when so many of them wind up unsold in the first place. The publishers of Newsweek know this all to well as they transition to all-digital next year.
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.
With the announcement of iBooks and its 60,000+ in-app downloads, Apple
set the standard for the iPad as an important reading device, and
luckily, other developers heard the calling. Several worthwhile reading
applications are now available, with many putting their paper
counterparts to shame with vivid artwork, embedded video, and
interactive elements. Still unsure of whether the iPad can kick some of
your traditional print reading habits to the curb? We've already given
iBooks its own full review, but here's a look at some of the other
initial reading offerings 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.