Tablet publishing soon to have its own tablet magazine; fall launch of TabTimes will test level of vendor support
Late in 2009 Editor & Publisher, the newspaper industry’s trade magazine folded. Folio:, the magazine industry’s trade magazine has changed hands a couple of times in the last few years. Now the tablet publishing “industry” will soon have its own tablet magazine, TabTimes, and the start-up will test the theory that a tablet-only magazine can survive and thrive where industry print magazines have failed.
TabTimes is backed by Patrick Pierra who will serve as the tablet magazine’s publisher. Pierra is a Canadian who has some deep pockets thanks to selling BV! Media to Rogers Media for $25 million last year.
George Jones, former editor at Maximum PC, will head up the editorial team, along with other media veterans.
According to paidContent.org, TabTimes will be advertising based, though according to the TabTimes website there are no ad people as part of the launch team at this time, and Pierra’s own background is editorial.
But whether the new launch uses ad networks or its own ad sales team, the biggest obstacle to the start-up’s launch is not the level of maturity of the tablet advertising market, but the simple fact that the media industry is a terrible B2B segment. Media professionals are not exactly a coveted market to reach for advertisers, and so many vendors are themselves start-ups.
TabTimes says they plan on launching their iPad app this fall. With any luck maybe TabTimes could free me from having to continue Talking New Media (free at last!)