April 8, 2016 Last Updated 9:35 am

Playboy ‘without any nudity’ added to Magzter newsstand

If there is a magazine out there I genuinely feel for it is Playboy. At the time the iPad was released in April of 2010 many felt that it was built for digital magazines. I felt so, too, though never thought it would be the savior of the industry. In fact, there are far more so-called industry experts out there who claim that others said this would be the case, than actually people who did.

But I felt tablets were perfect for magazines like Playboy as it would allow new readers to discover the magazine without the awkwardness of buying the magazine at their local Borders (which was still open at the time). Compared to what one can find online, Playboy at the time was very tame.

But Steve Jobs wanted his new app store to be a family store, so Playboy was locked out, with their only recourse being to sue Apple – after all, they were allowing in hardcore apps from foreign developers while preventing Playboy from launching a simple tablet edition.

Instead, Playboy launched some mobile apps not tied to the magazine to try and get around the ban, but never could make it work.

Do a search for ‘Playboy’ today in the App Store and see all the crap that gets pulled up and was approved by the Apple App Store team. Denying Playboy may have hurt the magazine, but the App Store team has done the real damage, killing the value of the App Store through their own policies and incompetence.

Now, of course, Playboy publishes their magazine without any nude photography, and may be for sale. Magzter has apparently decided that now it can enter its revenue-share digital newsstand (see below).

I guess Apple isn’t the only tech company with bizarre ideas of propriety. Whenever TNM writes about the travails of Playboy and includes a cover photo this site gets a warning from Google about it, claiming that TNM is violating its ban on nudity next to its ads – despite the fact the covers don’t, in fact, feature nudity. How ironic that the first issue of Playboy without nudity should be considered objectionable by Google (and why no cover shot was included in this post).

Here is the press release from Magzter about adding Playboy to their digital newsstand:


NEW YORK, NY – April 8, 2016 — Magzter, the world’s largest digital magazine newsstand, today announced a digital distribution partnership with Playboy magazine’s US edition. The recently redesigned Playboy magazine includes a modern editorial and design approach and, for the first time in its 62-year history, no longer features nudity in its pages.

Playboy continues to publish sexy, seductive pictorials of the world’s most beautiful women, including its iconic Playmates, all shot by some of today’s most renowned photographers. The magazine also remains committed to its award-winning mix of long-form journalism, interviews and fiction.

Published 10 times a year, this magazine is priced at US$19.99 for an annual subscription on Magzter and US$5.99 for a single copy purchase.

Playboy’s April 2016 issue (available now) includes pictorials with French-American model Camille Rowe and photographer Molly Steele; the Playboy Interview with Don Cheadle and 20Q with Bob Odenkirk; Artist in Residence Aurel Schmidt and fiction by Marie Calloway; and thought provoking articles such as The God Shot, Is Lagos the Most Dangerous Party City on the Planet?, and The Power of the People.

“We are thrilled to make Playboy available to Magzter’s large and diverse group of digital readers as we continue to grow the magazine’s audience.” – Mike Violano, Senior Vice President, Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

“Playboy brings over 60 years of editorial experience with it and I’m sure that this renowned men’s magazine will be instantly lapped up by Magzter users around the world. In addition to publishing gorgeous photographs of stunning models, the magazine also packs in interesting information about everything men desire — from tech, auto and style to art, literature and politics.” – Girish Ramdas, CEO, Magzter Inc.

“It gives me immense pleasure to extend a warm welcome to Playboy, one of the world’s most famous magazines. I am sure many of our readers would be excited to read Playboy’s new version through Magzter and we are happy to have Playboy without any nudity.” – Vijay Radhakrishnan, President, Magzter Inc.

Magzter GOLD users can enjoy reading Playboy along with 3,750+ other international digital magazines.

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