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Digital Magazine News Wire | 11.30.10

By Matt Kinsman 11/30/2010

Mygazines Launches Geo Targeted Editions
Mygazines has launched Geo Targeted Campaigns, which distributes tailored versions of a publication by region. The service enables local editions to be distributed to more than 200 countries and thousands of specific cities. Users receive a dedicated URL and a targeted version of the publication will download according to their geographic area.

Mygazines also announced "Packs," a new flexible pricing structure that lets professionals, publishers...more

Study: Number of E-Reader Owners Almost Triples in Under Two Years

By Bill Mickey 11/29/2010

According to a study by GfK MRI, about 5.9 million U.S. adults own an e-reader. This is up from 2.1 million the firm tallied during the March to October period of 2009, when it first started measuring usage of the devices.

The gap between male and female owners has closed as well. During the 2009 measurement period, 56 percent of e-reader owners...more

Study: Tablets Still a 'Nascent' Market

By Bill Mickey 10/29/2010

The Nielsen Company recently released a survey that attempts to measure how people are using their mobile devices—smartphones, Kindles, iPads, etc.—along with the kinds of content consumed and interaction with advertising. While the study is a frank reminder of how small the tablet market still is, interactivity-based metrics are promising.

With all the hype surrounding the iPad platform and its potential for traditional media companies, the study, which polled...more

SRDS to Add Tablet App Advertising Information to Its Media Buyer Database

By Jason Fell 10/29/2010

SRDS is expanding its online repository of advertising rate and contact information for media companies to include data on tablet applications. Launching November 1, the Tablet Media Library will allow media industry planners and buyers to access ad rates and other info for more than 160 tablet media properties—from consumer and b-to-b magazine companies, as well as newspaper publishers—that carry advertising.

“Advertisers are excited about the opportunities that have emerged with...more

AARP Goes Mobile

By Matt Kinsman 10/29/2010

AARP has launched its first series of mobile products, including an app for the iPhone and iPod touch that enables members to carry a digital version of their membership card, allowing them easier access to member benefits, activities and programs. The rollout also includes three new publication apps developed with digital versions of AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin and AARP VIVA now available for the iPad, iPhone and iTouch.

The publication...more

Digital Magazines News Wire | 10.29.10

By Jason Fell 10/29/2010

Bonnier Title Goes Digital

TransWorld SNOWboarding, published by Bonnier Corp., has launched its app for the iPad, called TransWorld SNOWboarding+.

“In launching TransWorld SNOWboarding+, we set out to present our readers with a completely new multimedia experience platform that would complement our existing print and online properties rather than just re-creating one or the other,” publisher Adam Cozens says. “This new platform was...more

Putting the 'Ad' in iPad

By Jill Ambroz 09/29/2010

Some have referred to the current marketplace as the ‘golden age’ of online advertising, with the advent of 3G technology and the iPad craze. But the publishing industry seems to be missing out on at least part of what could be a $50 billion ad spend. Time spent with print media accounts for 12 percent of users’ consumption and 26 percent of ad dollars...more

Maximizing the Value of Digital Editions

By Matt Kinsman 09/29/2010

The iPad is a game changer and the release of other tablets in the future will continue to advance digital publishing. But it remains early days (a recent FOLIO: blog quoted editors of The New Yorker as saying "writing for the iPad is like producing TV after WWII") and the "traditional" digital edition can still provide significant value, provided the publisher buys into the format. "Even working with the...more

Building Mobile Newsstands and Subscription Models

By Matt Kinsman 09/29/2010

Good news for the magazine industry: Apple is developing a digital newsstand that would allow publishers to sell magazines across the iPad and possibly other Apple devices. The focus will be on subscriptions rather than single copies. A storefront could be available within the next few months, and reports say Apple is also developing software to create digital editions as well as rich media such as high definition video.

The bad...more

Digital Magazines News Wire | 09.30.10

By Jason Fell 09/29/2010

iPad Owners Most Receptive to Advertising

According to the Nielsen Company’s new “Connected Devices Playbook” survey, 65 percent of iPad owners are aged 35 or younger. The same percentage of users also indicated they are male.

Other findings indicate that 44 percent of Kindle owners make more than $80,000 per year, compared to only 39 percent of iPad owners and 37 percent...more

Newsweek Taps Mobile Delivery Service for App Storefront

By Matt Kinsman 08/30/2010

As publishers become more comfortable with the iPad apps and other mobile apps, managing distribution and back-end metrics are the next critical steps. While Apple brokers the transaction with native iPad apps, the developer still has to build the infrastructure, which includes managing IT and server infrastructure, negotiating for bandwidth and updating content.

For its iPad app, Newsweek has tapped Urban Airship,...more

Interweave Launches Second Digital Edition for Computer Viewing

By Jason Fell 08/30/2010

Think avid sock knitters aren’t using the Internet? Think again.

Enthusiast crafts publisher Interweave is launching Sockupied, its second digital edition designed specifically to be viewed on a computer. The first, Quilting Arts in Stitches, launched earlier this summer. Interweave says sock knitting, believe it or not, is one of the company’s fastest-growing interest areas among its core knitting audience.

According to book author and Sockupied editor Anne...more


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