June 9, 2014 Last Updated 11:59 am

Next Issue releases update for its iOS app, adding in push notifications

The digital newsstand service Next Issue has updated its iOS app adding in features that will make many of the magazines inside the newsstand a little more like a the issues found inside the Apple Newsstand.

NI-iPhone-lgThe update to the app with the official name of Next Issue – unlimited access to more than 130 magazines
adds in push notifications. This will, of course, allow Next Issue app users to be notified when new issues are available – a feature common to the Newsstand. The app update also states there more magazines will be found inside the service offering more high resolution, or retina, versions of their issues: Architectural Digest, Car and Driver, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, Glamour, House Beautiful, PC Magazine, and Vanity Fair being mentioned directly.

Next Issue’s service is a Netflix-like scheme where the reader pays a subscription price of either $9.99 or $14.99 for almost unlimited or unlimited access to their magazines offered. Currently there are 138 titles to be found inside Next Issue. Although this number pales in comparison to the 10,000+ titles available in the Apple Newsstand, the magazines to be found are likely to be among the most popular as Next Issue was formed by the partnership of Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp, and Time Inc., with Rogers coming in recently with the founding of the Canadian version of Next Issue.

The downside of the service continues to be what is also its strength: it is a closed service designed to support the big players in the industry, offering what it wants behind a pretty firm paywall. One can imagine a service created by the big book publishers looking pretty similar to what Next Issue delivers.

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