iPad apps Archive

  • Digital subscriptions – no investment, no sales

    Digital subscriptions – no investment, no sales

    Comment by Tim Dawson. The publication of the first audited circulation figures for digital magazine sales did little to make the case that online subscriptions are the future.  Only two magazines have sold more than 1,000 subscriptions – Men’s Health and Hello!  And neither of them had sold enough to give much cheer to those […]

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  • Life after digital dependency – Hamlet’s Blackberry

    Life after digital dependency – Hamlet’s Blackberry

    Review by Alex Klaushofer. Summer 2011. I’m sitting in the garden with a book on one of those still, warm afternoons that are perfect for outdoors living. But something keeps tugging at my consciousness, and I’m finding it hard to concentrate. After a moment, I realise the anxiety has something to do with my e-life; […]

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  • Is digital revenue now the dominent source of income for publishers?

    Is digital revenue now the dominent source of income for publishers?

    Analysis by Tim Dawson. Stevie Spring, chief executive of Future Publishing, says we have reached a ‘tipping point’ where digital magazine operations become more important than their paper forbears.  Clearly, she was trying to put a positive gloss on the publishers’ annual figures – Future’s profits are down from £3m last year to £1.8m this […]

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  • iPad newstand’s troubled birth

    iPad newstand’s troubled birth

    By Tim Dawson. Searching the Apple Store for magazines can be a frustrating business.  Not only are they not sorted in a single place, but only a handful of the magazines that you might find on even a modest newsstand are available to buy.  And when you do find them, the prices – compared to […]

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  • IPC’s cautious embrace of digital

    IPC’s cautious embrace of digital

    Case study by Tim Dawson. As publishers fall over themselves to unveil iPad editions, IPC has the quiet satisfaction of being well ahead of the game.  The magazine publisher has been offering online subscriptions through Zinio for seven years.  Today nearly all of its 60 titles are available through the multi-platform American distributor. “Initially we […]

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  • Murdoch’s Daily doesn’t cross the pond

    Murdoch’s Daily doesn’t cross the pond

    Much as we would love to bring you a review of Rupert Murdoch’s iPad newspaper The Daily, we cannot.  It is not available in the UK app store, nor is there any indication that it will be.  There is a cheat to get hold of a copy – detailed here, but we are not going […]

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  • First iPad newspaper launches in New York

    First iPad newspaper launches in New York

    Today, Murdoch bets an estimated $30 million on his hunch that a new generation of iPad users will pay for an online newspaper. The Daily, a digital newspaper made exclusively for iPad by News Corp, is available to readers prepared to pay 62 p a week for a daily dose of US-focused news and entertainment. […]

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  • iPhone meets longform – with mixed results for magazine journalism

    iPhone meets longform – with mixed results for magazine journalism

    A techy tale for our times comes from the Big Apple, where sophisticated commuters are turning to their iPhones to satisfy their craving for substantial magazine features. They had to wait awhile, recounts Kat Stoeffel in the New York Observer, as the technology – designed to deliver only micro-bites of online info – wasn’t up […]

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  • Hunt for new media model doomed

    Hunt for new media model doomed

    A thought-provoking assessment of what technological change means for journalism comes from Paul Armstrong of @themediaisdying. Armstrong, who has been relaying his observations of the changing face of the media for the past couple of years via his Twitter account, has now reached a firm conclusion. The hunt for a new business model is fundamentally […]

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  • Sail racing ‘app mag’ enters unchartered waters

    Sail racing ‘app mag’ enters unchartered waters

    Sail racing is possibly the first ‘back bedroom’ iPad magazine to launch – and to judge by the initial response, it looks set to blaze a trail.  Established and self-financed by  Justin Chisholm for ‘around £10,000’, its target was to reach 10,000 views and downloads by the first week in February.  It passed that milestone […]

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