Digital Magazines News Wire | The iPad Edition | 08.30.10
New Yorker Expands Access for iPad … People Photogs Protest … more …
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 the iPad, allowing them to access the site as well as the magazine’s archives, which date back to 1925.
Condé Nast says it plans a native New Yorker app for the iPad sometime later this year.
People App Launches After Paparazzi Squabble Over Payments
Time Inc. launched its iPad app for People this month. But not after facing some opposition from paparazzi seeking payments for their photos.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, more than a dozen photo agencies that supply celebrity photos from the paparazzi banded together to withhold their photos unless Time Inc. agreed to pony up additional compensation associated with publishing on the iPad.
The report says People was seeking to use photos on the iPad for free, arguing that the app essentially is a replication of the print edition. "They realized that in most cases People.com was not making ad revenue or subscription money off extended use of their photos," Brandy Navarre, vice president at photo agency X17 told THR. "But when you’re talking about paid apps supplemented by advertisements, that’s something different altogether."
Despite the flap, People’s app launched August 19. The app, unlike many others from major publishers, is free to readers who subscribe to the print magazine. Earlier this summer, Time Inc. had trouble negotiating with Apple over bringing its app for Sports Illustrated to market.
Another iPad Challenger to Step in the Ring
Samsung is gearing up to unveil the Galaxy Tab e-reader. With a seven-inch display, the device is scheduled for a September 2 release in Germany.
In addition to full Web browsing, the Galaxy Tab is expected to feature a 16:10 screen ratio, a SDHC memory expandability, a DMB tuner for TV viewing and a front-facing camera for video calling. It will carry Google’s Android 2.2 operating system.
Samsung has not released any details yet concerning pricing.
But will the Galaxy Tab actually rival the iPad—at least initially? You be the judge. Check out the video promo below.