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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

Digital Magazines News Wire | The iPad Edition | 08.30.10

By FOLIO: Staff 08/30/2010

New Yorker’s Digital Edition Gets an Optimized for iPad

Condé Nast’s The New Yorker has made a change that will allows iPad users to access to the magazine’s archive online.

Until recently, the magazine’s digital edition has not been compatible with the Safari browser, which is supported by the Apple iPad. But the magazine has reportedly updated the digital edition to automatically recognize users coming in from...more

Quark to Sponsor Global Digital Magazines Competition

By Jason Fell 08/30/2010

On the heels of announcing its new Digital Publishing 2.0 strategy, publishing software company Quark says it has signed on as a “platinum” sponsor of the 2010 Digital Magazine Awards—a global competition to honor the best in digital magazines.

The competition is accepting entries for nearly 20 categories. Some include: Magazine Launch of the Year, Editor of the Year, Designer of the...more

Digital Magazines News Wire | 07.30.10

By Jason Fell 07/30/2010

Yes, People Are Excited About Digital, Mobile

Digital publishing vendor Texterity has released the results of its annual Profile of the Digital Edition Reader, which it conducted with BPA Worldwide. Not surprisingly, Texterity says the results confirm an increasing enthusiasm for and reliance on digital and mobile formats.

According to the results, 86 percent of the more than 31,000 respondents polled indictaed that they are either satisfied or...more

Nxtbook Teams with Joe Pulizzi to Offer Custom Solutions

By Matt Kinsman 07/30/2010

Digital edition provider Nxtbook Media and Joe Pulizzi—custom content “evangelist” and founder of content matching site Junta 24—have created a new company called Talefoundry that offers custom digital media solutions and services for small and mid-sized publishers who may not have the internal resources to fulfill those programs themselves.

“We had publishers looking to push the envelope further than the typical digital replica magazine but were limited by how much...more


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