May 11, 2016 Last Updated 11:16 am

‘Coup d’etat’ magazine offers all the bells and whistles one used to expect in a digital magazine

French scooter rider Kevin DeMay returns with a new digital magazine featuring video, audio files and plenty of animated pages, and apparently built using the Aquafadas digital publishing platform

This website used to publish ‘first looks’ at new digital publications on a weekly basis – and for a while, on an almost daily basis. When TNM was more a blog, and published on the Blogger platform, I was never lost for something to write about. Have writer’s block, simply open up iTunes, go to the Newsstand category and there would be something interesting to see.

Today, publishers have all but given up on their digital editions, and self-publishers have been burned so often by the fly-by-night platforms, that few dare venture into the App Store these days.


Click/tap to play cover.

So, it was nice to find something to download today.

Coup d’etat Magazine is a new interactive freestyle scooter magazine optimized for tablets and smartphones, available through both iOS or Android apps.

DeMay-180It is the kind of digital magazine we used to see regularly in the early days of tablet publishing when self-publishers were excited about the new platform, and many new companies started up to serve their needs. But Apple both launched the platform and killed it off when it stopped maintaining the Newsstand, and the App Store, in general (thanks for nothing Eddy Cue).

Coup d’etat offers both French and English text, available through a simple tab on most pages following the video cover. Kevin DeMay is the editor, a French freestyle scooter rider who had previously been associated with a print magazine covering the same topic called French Toast (you can still find issues available through Issuu). The English text is filled with mistakes, but that’s OK, it’s really only there for those who can’t read French.

This digital magazine app has one issue currently available inside, labeled Issue Zero. Inside you’ll find music files and very much more.

Despite all the interactivity, the file for the issue is only 224 MB – really quite modest (though the size of the first issue is rather modest, as well).


If you are new to the platform, this is a fantastic digital magazine to look at (and its free). If you are a veteran from the ancient days of the platform (that would be 2010), this will new digital magazine will bring a smile to your face and a tinge of regret for what could have been.

As far as credits go, the digital publisher is listed as Tic et Tac which appears to be two gentlemen from Strasbourg, Serge Sonneville and Francis Sellam.

Camille Trautmann is listed as digital art director, a recent graduate from the Université de Strasbourg, and who lists Aquafadas as a skill (clearly a hint to which digital publishing platform was used for the app).

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