June 22, 2013 Last Updated 11:33 am

New Released Tablet Editions

Short takes on recently released tablet editions from magazine publishers:

ES-PageSuite-app-iconThe Evening Standard has updated its Newsstand app this week. The new update brings the app up to version 5.0, and with it a new design thanks to PageSuite, the company behind the new version.

The app, London Evening Standard Digital Edition, now has a more native tablet look to to, with articles that flow into the design thanks to feeds. In this way the digital edition can be updated throughout the day. The new version also includes adigital replica of ES Magazine on the weekends, plus all supplements, and an archive of past editions.

The first app for the London Evening Standard was released in September 2010, making it one of the early tablet platform publishers among newspapers. But that app, built by Handmark, was really just a news reader app, adapted from a mobile version (Handmark specializes in mobile apps).

So this app attempts to do the same thing, reformat digital content for tablet and smartphone viewing. The universal app formats the content for the iPhone like the old version, but the tablet edition does more than simply list the stories in the order they are published (as a news reader app will do).

(November 6, 2013)

Jazzpress-cover-lgMusic magazines for tablets are a bit of an obsession with me. The platform seems so perfect for music, with its ability to deliver both audio and video. But yet so many of the magazines, especially in the area of jazz, are simply replica editions.

This new Newsstand app for JazzPRESS is not exactly a replica edition of a print magazine simply because the original is an online magazine from www.RadioJAZZ.fm from Poland. The digital publication is available through the website in PDF, ePub, Kindle and iOS versions. The Newsstand app was created using PressPad.

The look and feel are definitely print, and the content is free of the great features that could be used in a tablet edition – so no music sample or videos of live performances are to be found here.

The good news is that the digital publication is free, so those interested in jazz – and can read Polish, of course – will be happy to see JazzPRESS now in the Newsstand.

(October 29, 2013)

FamilyBusiness-app-icon-smThe Family Business Owner is the third magazine to be launched into the Apple Newsstand by Peter Daly-Dickson that uses the MagCast platform. Daly-Dickson is from Coventry in the UK.

MagCast promotes its platform by saying that it is fairly easy to make money launching magazines into the Newsstand and so the result is a lot of new, digital-only titles being released. That doesn’t mean that these magazine stay current very long. In fact, one criticism of the three titles is that there are no new issues. This is common.

The link inside the app description leads to a website that looks like it was quickly launched by never finished. “Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!” The date is August 31.

This new digital magazine is selling its first issue for $7.99 and monthly subscriptions for $4.99.

There is true value in the proposition that anyone can launch a digital magazine, and one of the great features of Apple’s Newsstand is that anyone with a developer account has access. But the downside is that anyone can launch a digital magazine, as well. Even those with no intention of continuing to publish after the subscriptions are sold. Apple needs to clean up this situation before the Newsstand becomes a joke.

(October 29, 2013)

DN-front-lgMore and more university student newspapers are moving over to mobile and tablet editions. To be honest, this one for the Daily Nebraskan is not one of the better ones. The universal iOS app is an RSS feed driven news apps rather than an attempt to reimagine the daily newspaper for digital devices.

Apps such as this one are best on smartphones rather than tablets. One sees the problem right up front when the reader is presented with the usual collection of boxes containing the stories.

The app description is also a problem as they failed to submit screenshots at launch. This didn’t used to be an issue as Apple let you change the screenshots at any time. But some app developers abused this by submitting one set at the beginning, successfully hiding the true nature of their apps, then changing the screenshots out. Now, the developer has to be more careful and try and have good screenshots right up front at launch.

(October 28, 2013)

Revolver-app-icon-smDespite owning its now digital publishing platform capable of very good native tablet editions, FutureFolio, not all of Future plc’s Newsstand apps are interactive. In fact, a majority are replicas.

Future continues to work through its extensive list of consumer titles, updating the apps to make sure they are iOS 7 compliant. Guitar World, Guitar Aficionado, Guitar Legends and Revolver Magazine are among the latest titles to be updated.

It was hard to decide which cover to show – the one with John Stamos looking like he should be on the cover of that other “Aficionado” magian (cigar in hand), or this one from Revolver. But the more I looked at those guys the more the choice became obvious. It was Almost Famous come to life.

(October 23, 2013)

Surveying-app-icon-smRICS Surveying 2014 is from the RICS – the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The new Newsstand app is a the careers guide for land, property and construction surveyors.

“This app, produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, features interviews from professionals about their careers within surveying and a concise guide to entrering the many areas in the profession. The guide also includes career opportunities from the leading employers and a directory of companies and universities where you can gain a qualification is surveying. Full listings of RICS accredited courses in the UK.”

The free app and content appears under their own new developer account, RICS Apps.

(October 23, 2013)

LiftedBrow-app-iconThe Lifted Brow is a relatively new universal Newsstand app from 29th Street Publishing. The digital magazine is also available in print, but as this app appears under the 29th Street Publishing name – and, of course, uses that platform – it is fair to say that the magazine in its digital version is owned by the platform (the magazine’s creators no longer can use that name inside the App Store unless the vendor agrees to transfer the app to a new account).

The literary, arts and culture magazine is from Australia and is published twice a month with subscriptions priced at $2.99 per month or $23.99 per year.

The 29th Street Publishing platform delivers a simple designed tablet and smartphone edition, along the lines of The Magazine. The format is best when the publication is text heavy, or when one wants to display artwork in a simple fashion.

(October 21, 2013)

RadarMag-app-icon-smRadar Magazine is a new quarterly digital magazine from SustainAbility, a think tank and strategic advisory firm.

The Newsstand app delivers the native tablet magazine free of charge. The first issue weighs in at a very modest 39 MB.

“Seven years ago we published the last edition of our printed Radar magazine,” writes Frances Buckingham in the Letter from the Editor of the premiere tablet edition. “Since then social media, smartphones and tablets have transformed the way we consume content. We are now re-launching Radar for the mobile digital age.”

The new tablet edition of Radar uses the Mag+ platform to produce its app and digital issues. The layouts are simple, but easy to read and navigate.

It looks like the publisher has come up with way to produce its magazine that is both effective, and quite sustainable.

(October 21, 2013)

ExtraordinaryVision-app-icon-smExtraordinary Vision Magazine is not a newly released tablet magazine, but one that has just issued an iOS 7 update to its app.

What makes the magazine special is not its tablet design, it is a simple MagCast created title, but that Apple has chosen to feature it inside iTunes. That alone is probably worth hundreds of downloads.

The magazine itself is typical of the kind produced from this solution: generally unimaginative layouts, but ones that have properly sized fonts because they are not reduced down from the print edition – because there is no print edition.

Of course, what makes this title special is that it features outdoor photograph, and photography really pops on the iPad.

Angelo Ioanides is the editor and owner of the developer account for this app – MagCast apps are released under the publisher’s name – and he should be able to reach a profitable level of publishing with this title thanks to Apple.

Extraordinary Vision isn’t the only MagCast photography magazine getting promoted by Apple. Wildlife Photographic, from Craig Orr, is also being promoted in the Arts & Photography section of the Newsstand.

(October 18, 2013)

DigiPublisher-iapp-iconDigi Publisher’s app description is a tad confusing. It says that “Online digital publishing is here to stay,” but then goes on to talk about Kindle eBooks and the Apple Newsstand. Both may be digital, but they are certainly not the same thing.

This little mistake may simply be the result of sloppiness, or inexperience. The first issue of the new digital magazine has a story on “The Top 10 Coolest iPod Apps for Writers.” iPod apps for writers, I thought? A quick glance of the story shows that they meant “iPad” apps. Oops.

DigiPublisher-iPad-2-lgThe new digital magazine is really about book publishing, not other types of digital publishing, and the platform the anonymous publishers have chosen to use is MagCast.

The thing with MagCast is that the publisher is limited to a portrait digital magazine that is stuck in the display – that is, one can not scroll down to extend the page, something forced on the publisher by the fact that this is a PDF-based platform. But even though it is based on a PDF the designer is not forced to replicate print, they could design something that feels more natural on a tablet. But the publishers that I have seen use the platform almost always try and replicate the look of a print magazine, complete with page folios, and the like.

Digi Publisher costs $3.99 per issue (or $1.99 per month subscription), which is a bit stiff for a monthly of about 25 pages in length. But that wouldn’t stop me if the content were worth it. It is the anonymous nature of the publication that bothers me more. Not only does the digital magazine have no masthead, but the link from the app description goes to a website that provides very little information, either. A search for the publisher, J.J. Fast Publishing LLC, shows another website, one that has been dead for a couple of years now.

(October 16, 2013)

TW-skate-app-iconThe sale of the Transworld titles from Bonnier by GrindMedia would have been a great opportunity to reassess the magazine’s tablet strategy.

Here were a bunch of action oriented titles aimed at the youth market, what could be better than producing native tablet editions with video and animation and everything that tablets can deliver.

Well, no such luck. GrindMedia, a Source Interlink company, has just released a bunch of replica editions for the titles: TransworldSkateboarding, TransworldMotocross, TransworldSURF, TransworldSnowboarding, TransworldRideBMX and TransworldBusiness.

Let’s hope this is a temporary solution brought on by the transition.

(October 14, 2013)

Archeothema-app-icon-smArcheothema is a French language magazine on history and archeology from Switzerland. A search for the magazine online finds that it is being pirated quite a bit – no wonder then that the publisher has now launched a Newsstand app.

The cost per issue is 6,99 €, while a 6-month subscription is 18,99 € and an annual subscription is 37,99 €.

While the magazine is now available inside the Newsstand, what the reader ends up getting is disappointing. While articles that feature large photographs are attractive, the text heavy articles are hard to read thanks to the fact that this is a replica edition.

(October 14, 2013)

AboutPhotography-app-iconAbout photography is a new Newsstand app from Nicola Cocco. The Italian magazine “wants to be a magazine capable of bringing together young as well as established authors, and different photographic styles, from travel photography, to that of landscape, from reportage, free and creative use of photographic language.” At least that is what Google Translate says.

But the first line of the app description is easier to translate (because it is in English): “English version of magazine is coming soon! (2 weeks)”

Another new photography magazine just released is called Poses from Focus Publishing.

“Poses mission,” the app description says, “is to make good quality shots of models available for use by artists in composing figurative work anywhere in the world whether they have access to live models or not.”

The issues cost $4.99 and whether this app will appeal to photographers is an interesting question.

Up Mag is a new Newsstand app from Respect Mag – the publisher of the magazine of the same name. The French quarterly covers social issues, and the app and its content are free of charge to download.

Poses-screen-lgThe app is produced by myMozzo.net, an online publishing company – also from France.The app is very efficient and well-designed.

The digital edition inside, however, is a replica edition with some pretty silly add-ons. Live links throb in a rather odd and suggestive manner and don’t stop, making the reading the issue pretty annoying. As it is a replica edition (with throbbing links) one may or may not find the magazine difficult to read.

This is the sixth digital magazine app from Focus Publishing (plus they have a replica edition of their flagship title that appears under the vendor’s name).

Previous apps were built using the Adobe DPS, so I was surprised to see a reference to a new company I had not previously heard of MAGetc. The company is using the Adobe DPS to build its apps, and says pricing for its apps is $99 per month for the Apple Newsstand, with $49 per month more for Kindle, and $29 per month for Google Play. That seems pretty cheap to me, but where things get pricey is downloads (35¢ per).

(October 10, 2013)

Sentits-iPad-smSentits is a new native tablet edition from Catalonia. The app uses the Mag+ platform to create its interactive food and wine magazine. The app and its issue inside is free of charge to download and access.

The app description is a tad short: “Sentits és una revista mensual d’experiències de gastronomia i vins, nadiua per a tauletes. Cada mes hi trobaràs continguts de qualitat pensats per treure tot el potencial del teu iPad, en la teva llengua.” Senses is a monthly food and wine experiences, native to tablets. Each month you will find quality content designed to get the full potential of your iPad in your language. – Google translation

This is the second app from De Esguard Publications, the first one is called – OK, one guess – Esguard.

To celebrate the release of this Newsstand tablet magazine the publishing team is having a celebration tonight featuring the chef Jordi Roca of El Celler de Can Roca. Wish I could have been there!

Updated: “English language version coming soon!” Tweeted the editor of the new magazine, Germà Capdevila.

(October 8, 2013)

PractivalPigs-app-icon-smSome magazines simply ought to be free so was all can enjoy them, don’t you think. This new tablet edition from British Pig Association is definitely one of them.

Practical Pigs Magazine – Keeping and Rearing is from Kelsey Publishing Group and is the official magazine of the trade association. The latest issue features such articles as Keep your breeding pig in top condition and You can turn your pork into profit.

If you think I am making fun of this Newsstand app you are dead wrong. As someone who was publisher of such trade magazines as Industrial Paint & Powder and Outdoor Power Equipment I know that for every industry there is a magazine – and if there isn’t, there will be one soon.

Kelsey Publishing Group has 24 Newsstand apps, all of them replica editions built using MagazoneCloner. Other titles in the Newsstand include Popular Fish Keeping and Park Home & Holiday Caravan. The publisher is, in a short, a niche publisher.

(October 7, 2013)

BB-bizmag-featureThe Apple Newsstand has often been compared to the Wild West, where what few rules the exist, are easily circumvented. One often wonders exactly what one will get when one downloads a new digital magazine app, and rarely does the publisher or developer make it easy to determined if the new title is legitimate or something to avoid.

Beauty & The Bull Magazine – Women’s Investor Intelligence is a new Newsstand app that comes from PressPad. The app appears under the developer’s name, and the only like in the app description likewise goes to the developer’s website, not the publisher’s. I’ve often had discussions with platform owners about this issue, they think it is a perfectly good way to handle new apps, I find it offensive for two reasons: one, it masks the publisher and makes it appear that the vendor is, in fact, the publisher; and two, it does not reassume the reader that the publisher is legitimate and will back-up their digital product with service.

In this case, a little research online finds that this is the second time this magazine has appeared in the Newstand – the first time it was released by Magzter under the simpler name Beauty & Bull Magazine. The last issue produced by that company was in April and one can preview the issue on the Magzter website.

As for the publisher, little can be discovered through the magazine’s website as its says it is down for maintenance. But one can see that the last time any content was added was February 22.

Who knows what one should think about this magazine and its new app. One immediately sees that it is incredibly expensive, $8.99 per issue. The app does offer a subscription, but will issues appear regularly?

1 really think that there should be better transparency rules concerning apps as there seems to be less and less monitoring of the App Store, and especially the Newsstand these days by the owner.

(October 7, 2013)

HawaiiIndy-app-icon-smThe Hawaii Independent is a new Newsstand magazine for both the iPhone and iPad that uses TypeEngine to build its digital magazine. The type of publication that TypeEngine produces is similar to what many see with The Magazine, the tablet magazine created by Marco Arment. This is also similar to the kinds of publications released by 29th Street Publishing.

The publisher and editor-in-chief is Ikaika Hussey.

“The Hawaii Independent is a digital newsmagazine publishing bold reporting and commentary on politics, economics, arts, and culture since 2008,” the website states. “We strive to tell stories that improve, empower, and educate our community.”

The introductory column by Hussey says that the “magazine app works in conjunction with out blog, social media, and events.” Subscriptions are $1.99 per month.

(October 4, 2013)

EmilyBooksReader-app-icon-smEmily Books Reader is the latest Newsstand app to be launched by 29th Street Publishing.

“Two years ago Ruth Curry and Emily Gould imagined a new way to share the books they loved with their subscribers and customers, and they built a storefront for their users to download epub and mobi files to their e-readers of choice,” the blog for the developer states.

The app is the first iOS 7-only app released by 29th Street Publishing, which presumably means that those who have not updated the OS on their iPhone or iPad will be told they can not download the app – that includes my wife.

(October 1, 2013)

TulsaWorld-app-icon-smWarren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has been investing in newspapers and has created its own group under the name BH Media Group. For many, Buffett’s investment in newspaper is a sign that the investor still believes strongly in print. So one wouldn’t expect much from the new company when it comes to digital media, and they do not disappoint – their apps are embarrassingly bad.

The new news app for the Tulsa World comes with an app icon which is clearly a graphic mistake. How did the app team not see that this was not going to work?

As for the app itself, it is a simple RSS driven app that is acceptable on the iPhone and but serves no real purpose on the iPad. The only real reason to ever build one of these apps and release it for the iPad is when your website is so bad that it will not render on the iPad. That is not true of tulsaworld.com, it looks perfectly fine on the iPad – and is, in fact, responsive.

(October 1, 2013)

STAUD STUDIOS Magazine N. 3 is a stand-alone app promoting the German studio’s latest work. The app, like other promotional apps, is free of charge to download and access. The app uses the Adobe system to create its single issue app.

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(September 30, 2013)

Camus-LeMonde-icon-smIn celebration of the centenary of his birth, the French newspaper Le Monde has released Camus, La révolte et la liberté, its second special tablet edition. Albert Camus as a Noble Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. Among his famous novels are The Stranger and The Plague.

The iPad digital publication is priced at 5,99 € ($6.99 in the US App Store) and is a stand-alone app found in the News category. Paid news apps are rarity but can be equivalent of an eBook release. In fact, there is some debate among media app developers about whether media firms should launch eBooks, or else stay within the App Store.

Le Monde previously released Hessel, L’éternel indigné, which was dedicated to the memory of the author Stéphane Hessel who authored Indignez-vous! (Time for Outrage) and was also sold at the same price point.

(September 27, 2013)

BestofPort-app-cover-smBest of Portugal is the latest iPad app from Cofina Media, a Portuguese media conglomerate. The new magazine app is a stand-alone app rather than a Newsstand, probably signifying that this is a one off app.

The app is sponsored throughout by the Spanish automobile manufacturer SEAT, which probably tells you this is a custom publishing project – and the fact that the app and its contents are free reinforce this impression.

But the digital edition itself is oddly constructed. The digital pages seem to float on the screen and don’t quite fit. I was trying to determine just what platform was used to create this app and failed to figure it out.

Cofina Media has 16 other apps for the iPad, of which seven are inside the Newsstand including GQ Portugal and Vogue Portugal.

(September 25, 2013)

TEBR-app-icon-lgThe European Business Review is a very new tablet edition released that uses the Adobe DPS to produce a simple, easy to read and navigate digital edition. The Newsstand app works for both the iPhone and iPad, but because of the ads this one seems made for the iPad.

The digital magazine is a hybrid app in that the ads are seen as they would be in print, but the editorial content is reformatted for the digital environment.

There is one thing that is odd about the issue I saw, though: the articles all have a note on them that says “For full version of July/August 2013 edition, download the Zinio app on the App Store.” One reads that and then expects the issue to end right there, but then one can swipe to reach the next article. Odd.

The apps says that subscriptions are free, but for a limited time only. So if you are interested in business in Europe then it might behoove you to sign up before the publisher changes their minds.

(September 23, 2013)

420Times-cover-smThe 420 Times App is one of those DIY apps that create a news app from your RSS feeds. What makes this one a bit different is that the platform used, WiziApp has a WordPress plug-in at the heart of the app – and, indeed, this web property does use WordPress to publish.

The web property in question is The 420 Times, which uses the slogan “the magazine of medical marijuana and natural healing.” The app is really designed for the iPhone and Android smartphones, but the app apparently also works on the iPad, though only one screenshot appears for the iPad in the app description.

Like many of these DIY apps, the app is free and does not try and charge for content – it also is a stand-alone app, not tied to the Newsstand, which makes sense since it is not attempting to create a digital magazine.

The best part of the app is that it appears under its own developer account rather than the platform’s name. The cost to build an app using this method is only $199 total.

(September 20, 2013)

BreenMonthly-app-cover-smThe San Diego Union-Tribune has released a brand new magazine app for its cartoonist Steve Breen, a great example of a newspaper taking advantage of both its content and the low cost to launch a new digital product, assuming the eagerly adopt the platforms for publishing.

Breen Monthly is a universal, stand-alone iOS app. The app is free, but the app will require an annual subscription of $19.99. I say “will” because right now the app simply doesn’t work – there are no issues in the library, and the app’s “buy” button is grayed out. It is quite possible, and not that unusual for an app like this to be released early in the day before the publisher is even aware of it. As I downloaded this it was still quite early in the morning in California.

The U-T has quite a number of apps in Apple’s App Store including Newsstand magazine apps for both the Padres and Chargers, and app for its Sunday magazine, and an employment app. This makes the paper one of the more progressive newspapers when it comes to digital media – though “progressive” is probably not a word the paper’s owner would approve of.

(September 18, 2013)

DiscoverMagick-app-icon-smDiscover Magick magazine is a new Newsstand app from the developer minervaz – who, it turns out, is Australian Michele Havlik. This is the first Newsstand app from the developer and one must admit to being a bit skeptical about the motivation behind the app.

Other apps, all stand-alone apps, under this developer account name are such things as Sex Secrets! and Natural Detox and Dog Anxiety.

A further search finds that the developer also is releasing apps under the account name of Magic Spells Now – there are 17 apps to be found under that name.

All the apps are rudimentary. In fact, they are so rudimentary that just a year or so ago there is no doubt that Apple would have rejected these apps as not delivering anything that a text file or simple website could deliver just as well – and the few reviews that have been written have been mostly one-star reviews.

But that requirement, that a developer actually develop an app that delivers something unique, has gone by the wayside now that Apple is fighting to remain the number one app store. Unfortunately, it has meant that anything can get into the store  now and the fact that these apps are now appearing inside the Newsstand is not good news for legitimate magazine publishers who don’t want their titles sitting next to gimmick apps.

(September 17, 2013)

BWMag-app-icons-smThe app for this British photography magazine, Black & White Photography, has been out since mid-2011, but like most of the MagazineCloner apps it has been updated recently to0 fix some bugs and bring iPhone 5 support (finally) to the app.

Like the other apps from this replica maker, the magazine appears under the name of the developer rather than the publisher – the price one pays for going with ‘cheap and easy’ over an actual digital publishing strategy. The real problem here, though, is the dependance on the platform to stay up-to-date.

the thing that is particularly odd about Black & White’s Newsstand app is that it is paid: $2.99.

(September 11, 2013)

Where-Chicago-app-icon-smWhere magazines are those local magazines you find in your hotel room when you are out-of-town. Caulk full of paid advertising, the business model is a good one, especially when the travel business is going well. But do people want to read these magazines after they have left town? Maybe, especially if they saw something of interest in the local Where magazine, then forgot to steal their copy!

Now you can get your Where city magazines via the Apple Newsstand thanks to the new replica editions released through Magzter. There will be quite a number to choose from: Alaska, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Hawaiian Islands, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, N. Arizona, New Orleans, New York City, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Seattle, Southwest Florida, St. Louis, Tucson, Twin Cities, Virginia, Washington D.C. for the U.S., and Budapest, Krakow, London, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Rome, St. Petersburg for Europe (there is one Asian edition, as well, Singapore).

The replica edition apps are universal, which means if you travel with a magnifying glass you can read these digital editions on your iPhone (assuming you have a newer iPhone with a retina display, if not then it will be digital mush).

(September 6, 2013)

OGJ-app-icon-smB2B publisher Pennwell has released a Newsstand app for its title Oil & Gas Journal Magazine. The Newsstand app is universal and was produced by GTxcel, formerly Texterity.

Oil & Gas Journal is an AAM-audited publication that used to be seen weekly in print, but has since transitioned to a monthly in print, weekly digital publication. Online the issues are labeled by a number for the monthly issue – August being issue 8, for instance – then the weekly issues that followed are labeled 8a, 8b or 8c.

Circulation is paid so Oil & Gas Journal does not have to deal with the issue of qualifying its readership and so can charge for access to the digital edition. Readers can subscribe to the tablet/mobile edition at the price of $89.99 per year. Single issue are available for $9.99.

The digital edition is a replica, though in this case things get a little strange. The first issue of the month is a replica of the print edition. But the other issues inside the app will be replicas of the digital weekly edition, which is itself designed to mimic a print magazine. Call it a replica of a replica. But to assist reading the app does offers text versions of B2B magazine’s stories.

(September 3, 2013)

Rumpus-app-icon-smThe Weekly Rumpus is the latest Newsstand app released by 29th Street Publishing – their 15th Newsstand app. Since the app appears under the vendor’s name, and all the links go back to 29th Street Publishing, one might assume that The Rumpus is no longer an independent website. but this is not true – I suppose they would consider that a feature, not a bug.

The Rumpus is a website that writes about books, music and other topics, but they are especially interested in comics. The new Newsstand app will bring weekly issues priced at $3.99 a month or $25.99 for a yearly subscription.

The design, of course, is consistent with The Magazine and the other 29th Street Publishing apps. As TNM readers know, I am no fan of apps that are published under the name of the platform rather than the publisher, but this is part of the 29th Street Publishing system and editors and publishers know this going in.

(August 28, 2013)

SailingJournal-app-icon-smSailing Journal is a tablet-only magazine start-up that is taking the Kindle approach to design first seen in The Magazine, and now other digital publishing platform solutions, as well.

The tablet edition is a big confusing, however, as it is offering the first issue for free, but also selling subscriptions. It may be that the publisher is offering the first issue as a preview but all attempts to actually download the issue only delivered error messages. It is possible that, as happens quite frequently, the app has appeared inside the Newsstand before either the publisher or developer was ready to actually deliver the issue.

(August 27, 2013)

Filmmaker-app-icon-smFilmmaker Magazine may not be a brand new Newsstand magazine app, but it was recently updated, so that is as good a reason as any to feature it here. The quarterly magazine is published by the Independent Filmmaker Project and the app features one free sample issue (the Summer 2012 issue weighs in at 491 MB, probably making it the biggest “sample” issue available).

The digital edition uses Mag+ and is a hybrid app – meaning that the ads are as you would see them in print but the editorial pages are reformatted. There is a lot of video here but it is mostly housed off the app, which does make one wonder why the file size is so large. Nonetheless, it far ahead of some of the replica edition magazines on the same subject such as Sight & Sound which one reader sums up accurately as “bordering on worthless.” (Of the popular consumer film magazines, Bauer Media’s Empire Magazine seems to be among the best, with almost universally good reviews from readers.)

(August 26, 2013)

GourmetUAE-app-icon-smGourmet has released a new Newsstand app. No not that Gourmet, but the one from ITP Publishing Group in Dubai. ITP Publishing produces more than 75 weekly and monthly magazines, as well as the in-flight magazine for Etihad Airways. They also do the show dailies for all exhibitions organised by Dubai World Trade Centre.

The new Newsstand app delivers a replica edition of the print magazine which many readers in the U.S. may find themselves downloading because the issues are in English – as are the other magazines from ITP Publishing. The company was originally founded in London, which may account for this.

(August 20, 2013)

Tattoo-app-icon-smTattoo Extreme Magazine is a new Newsstand magazine for both the iPhone and iPad. The edition in the U.S. app store is in English and the publisher of this magazine from Taiwan are taking advantage of the ability to launch international editions in digital.

“Tattoo Extreme Magazine has become the most popular tattoo magazine in Asia. We are proud to be a bridge between Taiwan and the world for the tattoo culture. We believe that every tattoo is a milestone, a piece of art, and an attitude. In every issue, we introduce the tattoo masters and amazing works around the world; discuss the fun and extreme world of tattoo culture,” reads the app description.

(August 19, 2013)

ShipInSight-iPad-smAs a magazine publishing executive I tend to scoff a bit at the minimally designed digital magazines coming out of some publishing platform houses. They are proving fairly popular with the tech crowd, but whether the general public will prefer them to well-designed native tablet editions from talented magazine art directors is an open question.

But new tablet releases like this for ShipInsight Magazine may convince me of the value of the minimalist platforms. This new app from Malcolm Latarche is very well done, and is complimented with a nicely designed, and consistently designed, website. It’s a very nice package.

The digital editions are not the only thing minimal – so is the app. There is not much to it other than access to the issues and the ability to subscribe (for free). The app really wants you to subscribe as any attempt to access the articles brings up the subscription message. It’s a small price to pay for accessing the contents for free, if you ask me.

(August 16, 2013)

GardenersCorner-app-icon-smGardener’s Corner is the University of Illinois Extension’s quarterly newsletter about home gardening, covering including disease, variety selection, care and maintenance of vegetable and flowers gardens. Now it has its own Apple Newsstand app.

The app and its contents are free and while the file size is incredibly small, indicating a replica, it is actually a simple, native tablet edition.

The library for the new tablet edition app contains issues going back to the winter of 2011/12, and there is a special edition inside, as well. A simple, but well done digital edition.

(August 13, 2013)

EurasiaReview-app-icon-smEurasia Review Journal is “an independent Journal and Think Tank that provides a venue for analysts and experts to disseminate content on a wide-range of subjects that are often overlooked or under-represented by Western dominated media.” The new Newsstand edition was released last week under the developer account name of its general manager, Robert Duncan.

The app description was not submitted properly, unfortunately, and now will have to be fixed – a process that requires the help of the Apple app team. The screenshots for the iPhone and iPad editions were duplicated rather than separated out for the two devices, so new ones will have to be submitted, something that a developer can not themselves. Apple locked down the screenshots process to stop some slimy developers from pulling a bait and switch on paying customers. Unfortunately, though, developers are not getting helped out by the Apple folks at the time of the app’s approval by having their apps get a good review before approving them.

(August 12, 2013)

Panopticon-app-icon-smThe new iPad app for Panopticon magazine, the official magazine of the SAE Institute Mexico, hit the Apple Newsstand late last week.

The magazine seeks “to be a meeting platform for student communities, academic and business, for the development of the digital industry in Mexico, and that the flow of ideas and information intensifies creating a fertile plot for innovation,” according to the app description (according to the Google translation from Spanish)

Both the app and its contents are free to access.

(August 2, 2013)

CompatEquip-app-icon-smAs promised earlier. Benjamin Media has released a new tablet edition app for it B2B magazine title Compact Equipment. The Apple Newsstand app, like many B2B magazine apps, offers the monthly magazine free of charge.

Compact Equipment is a 35,000 BPA-audit trade magazine that is read by those in the construction, landscape, agricultural and public works fields. Unlike many of its competitors, the B2B book has maintained a pretty healthy one-year qualified circulation number – over 75 percent.

The publisher says a Newsstand app for its flagship title, Trenchless Technology, can be expected soon. A tablet edition for Solar Builder was released late in a few weeks ago.

(August 2, 2013)

SlammedMag-app-icon-smI find Slammed Magazine a very confusing new digital magazine. While a new Newsstand and Android app have been released that gives one the impression that this is a digital-only magazine, the actual design is that of a replica edition – include photos that are cut in half as if they were originally a two-page spread in print.

The new digital magazine is produced by Kevin Raekelboom, an automotive photographer. Who else is involved is hard to say as the app description link only goes to a Facebook page.

“Slammed Magazine is the only digital magazine that features the best modified and slammed rides straight from the scene. Modifying cars goes trough our blood and it’s a way of living, not from 9 to 5 but 24/7,” reads the app description.

Issues cost $3.99.

(August 2, 2013)

OnAir-app-icon-smThe new tablet magazine On Air Magazine is supposedly published, according the app description, by The Airspace (whoever that is). But unlike a traditional print magazine, with its table of contents and masthead, this new Newsstand app, and its online counterpart, was produced through The Periodical Co. so one gets a sort of hybrid of blog and magazine.

The new Newsstand app appears under the name of the platform and is the second title to appear (the other was recently updated, TableTennista Magazine).

The digital magazine is in the same school of design as the apps from 29th Street Publishing and The Magazine which seems to appeal to techies and self-publishers, but which drive print art directors mad.

(July 30, 2013)

NewsTalk-app-icon-smNewstalk Magazine is a free monthly digital magazine from Ireland’s national news and sports news radio station. The recently released Newsstand app for the iPad has just been quickly updated to fix a bug in the Baker framework that prevents youtube video controls from working. Allows articles to be shared on Facebook.

Baker is a simple opensource HTML5 publishing framework for publishing books and magazines for the iPad and iPhone.

(July 29, 2013)

Astrology-app-icon-smActivity in the Apple App Store has slowed to a crawl, both due to the dog days of summer, but now due to the shut down of the developer site following an intrusion (Apple says it is rebuilding its databases). One of the few new releases launched into the Newsstand this week is Astrology Tomorrow Magazine from Digital Marketer (see their namesake magazine here).

The digital magazine is designed in the minimalist style of The Magazine, which allows a publisher to pretty much live without an art director, not good news for those who make their living designing.

If Apple were to convert iBooks Author to a magazine design platform, this might be what we’d see, but with much more interactivity.

(July 23, 2013)

OprahSA-app-icon-smIn the U.S. O, The Oprah Magazine is an important partnership for Hearst Magazines. So the magazine gets its own native tablet edition, published to the Apple Newsstand under Hearst’s own developer account. But outside the U.S., the magazine is part of other partnerships with companies that might not feel the same way about their apps.

So the new app for O, The Oprah Magazine South Africa does not get the same treatment: it’s not a native tablet edition, but a replica edition; and rather than appearing under the publisher’s name it shows up under Magzter’s account.

There are some other interesting things to consider with this app. Because of territorial considerations, trying to access the South African website for this title will force you to bump up agains the wall if you are in the U.S. But the app was released into the U.S. store where it will compete head-on with the U.S. title – Hearst can’t be happy with that.

(July 17, 2013)

BE-app-icon-smManchester, England based Excel Publishing has released a new tablet edition for its B2B bi-monthly magazine Builder & Engineer. The print magazine claims to reach over 10,000 subscribers, but its digital edition reaches mover 12K.

The new app, B&E magazine, was released under the Excel Digital developer account name, and is the third Newsstand app launched by the publisher. Previous released were House mag and EN The magazine for Entrepreneurs.

(July 17, 2013)

Quilty-app-icon-smEnglish Epoch Times is a new universal app (meaning, iPad and iPhone) that is driven by the RSS feeds of the new organization’s website content. The app looks great on the iPhone and feels far more at home there than on the iPad, which really shouldn’t be used for these kinds of news apps.

The Epoch Times is a news site launched by Chinese-Americans following Tiananmen Square and the persecution of the spiritual group Falun Gong, and is tied to that group. The Epoch Times has been publishing in Chinese since May 2000, and in English since 2003. It has print and web editions in 15 languages.

(July 16, 2013)

Quilty-app-icon-smQuilty Magazine has been launched into the Newsstand by New Track Media as a replica edition. The publisher recently picked up CK Media, the former crafts division of PRIMEDIA (see news release on the acquisition here).

New Track Media now has 13 digital magazine apps inside the Apple Newsstand, though at this point they all appear to be replica editions made for both the iPad and iPhone.

(July 15, 2013)

Appliness-app-icon-smWhile not exactly a brand new tablet magazine, Appliness has at least received an update to the app. The digital magazine is published by Michaël Chaize and is for app developers (in case you couldn’t tell by the name).

The digital magazine is the kind that appeals to developers: very simple layouts, minimal interactivity – and not surprisingly the new publication has gotten great reader reviews. A big selling point is that the app and its contents are free, too.

One might think that Appliness was created using one of the PDF driven platforms like MagCast, but this is, in fact, an Adobe DPS made Newsstand app. When you discover that Michaël Chaize is a Developer Evangelist at Adobe in Paris it all starts to make more sense, doesn’t it?

(July 10, 2013)

Styleby-app-icon-smBonnier has been more than a little schizoid when it comes to its digital editions (like Future) in that while they produce some really interesting native tablet edition they also produce more than their fair share of dull replica editions.

Today several of the titles have been entered into new territories – what Apple calls its international app store markets. STYLEBY+, Sköna hem+ are but two the titles that today showed up in new Newsstand stores. Both, as their app names imply, use the Mag+ platform to build their digital editions. If for this reason alone they become more interesting apps to look at. All you need to do now is learn Swedish.

(July 9, 2013)

Golfweek-app-icon-newThis isn’t actually a new tablet edition, but it is worth mentioning, nonetheless. Released in May, the Golfweek Magazine app was a stand-alone app that delivered a replica edition digital magazine.

As I wrote in the original post on the old TNM website (here is the post seen here at the new site), the replica edition part is understandable – it is clearly hard for many publishers to produce a native tablet edition each week because of production limitations. But the decision to launch the app outside of the Newsstand seemed odd. The choice, after all, forced readers to manually download new issues rather than having the app do that for them.

Well, the publisher, Turnstile, has corrected that with this new app update that moves the weekly digital edition into the Apple Newsstand.

(July 8, 2013)

Nintendo-app-icon-smSome times big publishers do things that have you scratching your heads in confusion, amazement, and ultimately in disappointment. Like launch a replica edition for an audience of tech savvy young people who understand all about navigating digital publications.

Future plc, which owns its own digital publishing platform, capable of producing great new digital magazines like Photography Week, has decided that its Nintendo: the Official Nintendo Magazine doesn’t merit the full digital treatment. In fact, as the app description says, “This digital edition does not include the covermount items or supplements you would find with printed copies.” Duh.

The new Newsstand app is for the U.K. and Australian markets only, and that might be a blessing. But if I were Nintendo, and the contract with Future comes up, I’d be asking why the publisher went in this direction, and open up the bids to companies a little more willing to work harder for the business.

(July 2, 2013)

CFCProgramme-app-icon-smCFC Programme is the matchday program for Chelsea Football Club, the program released for every home game for the English Premier League club.

The new Newsstand app doesn’t offer anything you won’t get in print, but at least fans will be able to download the publication whether they are going to the game or not. Single issues are priced at £2.99, while a 12-month subscription is £39.99 – and that includes at least 19 issues, according to the app description.

(July 2, 2013)

TechInch-app-icon-smTechinch Magazine is another new digital magazine release that is using the TypeEngine platform. TypeEngine appears to appeal to the tech crowd who can program but can not design. I’m sure it would appeal to a few magazine execs I know who dream of firing all their art directors, as well.

There are those that would argue that these kinds of digital magazines aren’t actually magazines at all, but simply another way to display posts, like Tumblr or another platform. Whatever. I won’t get myself involved in that argument, but if I were an art director I’d pretty concerned with the spread of the minimalist chic.

For me, I like what TypeEngine and other minimalist platforms can produce for the iPhone. For the iPad, though, its seems like a platform that falls short of fulfilling the potential of tablet publishing.

(July 1, 2013)

AppDev-app-icon-smOne would think that a brand new magazine for app developers might appear in the form of an app, or at least a natively digital tablet magazine. But App Developer Magazine, which appeared today in the Apple Newsstand, is really a print magazine launch that has now also launched a replica edition using the MAZ platform which is PDF based.

The Springfield, Missouri launch is edited by Richard Harris and Stuart Parkerson is the publisher.

Single issues are $5.99, with one month subscription also priced at $5.99 – a rather bizarre way to encourage subscriptions, wouldn’t you say?

(June 28, 2013)

EatingWell-app-icon-smMeredith, which acquired the EatingWell Media Group in 2011, has today launched a new tablet edition for EatingWell Magazine into the Apple Newsstand. Existing print readers can log into their accounts to access the issues, while new readers can subscribe for $0.99 per month or $9.99 per year. New subscribers can also check out the magazine for free by signing up for one of the two subscriptions options. (Individual issues are available at $4.99.)

The first issue inside the app weighs in at 74 MB, making it a quick download. The modest file size is a dead giveaway that the digital issue inside the app will be a replica edition, and a pretty bad one at that. (Yet another disappointing digital food magazine from a major publisher.)

That newest issue, by the way, is labeled as August – a leftover from print days when magazines needed to have issue dates far in advance because of USPS distribution.

(June 27, 2013)

Nature Publishing Group yesterday launched a new tablet edition for Scientific American Mind. The magazine is published six times a year and an annual subscription is priced at $24.99.

What appears unique about this tablet edition, though, is that it is offered as an “upgrade” for print subscribers.

The Scientific American Mind Tablet Edition for iPad is available as an upgrade for current active subscribers. Simply purchase an additional 6 issues (1 year) for $24.95 US, $29.00 Canada, or $35 International. As part of your upgrade, you will get the Tablet Edition for iPad for all remaining issues on your current subscription term. The Scientific American Mind Tablet Edition for iPad is available from the July/August 2013 issue forward.

I don’t know about you, but that simply means to me that print subscribers will need to buy the digital edition as if they were not subscribers, which they certainly won’t be happy about. Few publishers, though, have said that their tablet editions are an “upgrade” though.

The tablet edition does contain additional “interactive features and video” which can justify the pricing strategy which publishers such as Hearst are using, so we’ll see what the reaction is from readers.

(June 7, 2013)

The UK B2B title Speciality Food has launched a tablet edition of its magazine into the Apple Newsstand. Published by Aceville, the app is a replica edition built by PixelMags.

The magazine should not be confused with the U.S. title, Specialty Food which is published by the Specialty Food Association – that magazine appears to be quite healthy, but it does not have a tablet app at this time.

The UK title is charging $4.99 / £2.99 per issue, with an annual subscription of $42.99 / £29.99 (probably a sign that the app is a revenue split deal).

(June 4, 2013)

The Canadian Art Foundation has launched an iPad edition of its magazine Canadian Art into the Apple Newsstand this weekend. The pricing, though, is a little messed up right now: an annual subscription for the quarterly magazine is $16.99, but the app description claims that single issues are $.99. That doesn’t sound like a very good way to drive subscriptions, does it?

“Canadian Art’s iPad App includes editorial content from the print issue and links to selected news, features and reviews appearing on its website, canadianart.ca.” – app description.

(June 3, 2013)

The Belleville Times is one of a series of new Newsstand apps released for the papers of the North Jersey Media Group by NewspaperDirect. The choice of going with this vendor is probably a good one as the apps are well done and allow for native tablet and smartphone layouts of stories.

The downside, though, is that the publisher allowed these apps to be released under the vendor’s name rather than their own which will make it harder to get their brand names back should they choose at a later time to go in another direction.

(May 30, 2013)

Reader’s Digest Association has released a new tablet edition for Country Magazine. The app description uses very nice looking screenshots that hide the fact that the Newsstand app is only going to present the reader with a replica edition rather than a natively designed tablet magazine.

Readers can get a one month free trial of the magazine by subscribing (and then immediately canceling). More and more I wonder the value of this approach as I’m sure there are plenty of readers who have learned to game the system. A better approach may simply be to offer a nice price on a 1-month subscription.

(May 29, 2013)

The new app for The New Zealand Herald maybe a replica, but it is built by NewspaperDirect, which means that it also contains native tab layouts of news stories, as well. It is a perfectly good and logical solution for a paper that wants a digital alternative.

The only thing the publisher of the paper, APN Holdings NZ Limited, did was let the vendor put the app into the store under their name rather than the publisher’s. It’s a lazy and inexcusable thing because now the name of the paper is forever under the control of the vendor. Either the paper should have spent the measly 99 bucks to create their own account, or had the vendor use a unique app name, like The New Zealand Herald iPad edition, or something along those lines.

After three years of the tablet platform, you’d think newspaper publishers would have learned a little something about tablet publishing. Oh well. Old dog, new tricks, or something like that.

(May 29, 2013)

Fresh Produce Journal is another of those replica edition apps that appear under the name of the vendor rather than the publisher – in my opinion, a sign that the publisher has little respect for their own title. (The app description does not even contain a link back to the magazine’s website.) In this case, the replica maker is Exact Editions which makes perfectly adequate PDF editions, if that is what your vision of digital publishing is limited to.

The UK title is selling subscriptions for a monthly charge of £4.99, or an annual charge of £39.99.

(May 28, 2013)

Fast Company is in the Newsstand! Again!

Actually, this is the Chinese version of the Mansueto Ventures business magazine, officially called 快公司Fast Company (hopefully those Chinese characters reproduce properly in your browser).

The app description, in Chinese, tells potential readers what the magazine is about:

“Created 18 years ago, with its unique focus of media attention, attention to technological innovation, ethics, economics, leadership and design fields. “Fast Company” with the most advanced business leaders as part of its readers, authors, and the protagonist, inspire readers and users to think boldly beyond traditional boundaries, leading the dialogue, rendering future business blueprint.” (Google translation)

Certainly there is no clearer sign that Apple’s App Store, and hence its Newsstand, are starting to penetrate the Chinese market that the growing number of magazine titles launched for Chinese readers.

But while the U.S. edition of Fast Company is a native tablet edition, built by Joe Zeff Design (can’t get better than that), Chinese readers will have to settle for a PDF-based replica edition.

(May 23, 2013)

Seeing the scan bar still on the cover of a digital magazine, and for that unaltered cover to be used as the app icon of a digital magazine inside the Apple Newsstand is usually a very bad sign. I mean, really, how lazy can you get?

The app for PARIS Capitale is actually kind of nice. It opens to an introduction page before heading over to the store. There is also a nice preview inside – again something one wishes other publishers would provide.

If it seems like I’m trying really hard to say something nice, well, I am. Because what follows is simply another of those hard to read replicas that depend on pinch-to-zoom to increase its font size to something an art director would consider acceptable.

(May 22, 2013)

It is certainly rare to be able to write about two new Greek Newsstand apps on the same day (see ΜΟΥΣΑ #3 post). But this app from Smart Press Publishing for mobile life magazine is almost the complete opposite of the app from Lambrakis Press.

First, this app supports the Apple Newsstand so readers will be able to have their new issues download automatically. But, second, this is a replica edition app, not the native tablet design seen in the three Mousa apps. Hopefully, we will soon see a new tablet edition that takes a middle route of supporting the Newsstand, asking a fair subscription price, and native tablet design without going too crazy with interactivity so production can be efficiently handled each production cycle.

(May 22, 2013)

One of the great thing about digital magazine newsstands is that they bring hard to find titles to readers. France Today now is in the Apple Newsstand – that’s the good news – the bad news is that comes as a PixelMags app.

Not all magazines look bad as replicas. But those titles with sophisticated layouts and lots of graphics really suffer when created as a replica. If they must be done in this fashion the least the publisher can do is heavily discount the digital publication. But France Today will cost readers $34.99 (£24.49) for a year’s subscription – far to high for such a cheap and lazy publishing solution.

(May 22, 2013)

New Zealand’s Food Mag apparently used to be called Foodtown Magazine, 60K+ magazine that gets distribution through supermarkets. The newly released Newsstand app is universal, and as is fairly typical, the iPhone version gets only one, mis-sized screenshot.

The app description woefully small, not giving the potential reader sufficient information about the app and its magazine. The developer link goes to ClanMouse, but that website simply says “We are currently re-thinking this whole website thing.” Yeah. That should drive more business.

(May 20, 2013)

Saveurs is the French food magazine often confused with the Bonnier owned Saveur. The French title is published by Editions Hubert Burda and today they’ve launched a tablet edition, their first Newsstand app.

Readers will probably find it as disappointing as the Bonnier app as it, too, is a replica edition – though one with a few more enhancements. The annual subscription rate is 39,99 € for the ten issues.

(May 17, 2013)

+972 This Week is a new Newsstand digital magazine that its app description says is “owned by a group of journalists, bloggers and photographers whose goal is to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of events in Israel and Palestine.”

The app uses the 29th Street Publishing platform, and as a result shows up under their name (which readers of TNM know drives me crazy). 29th Street Publishing apps can best be described as looking like a Kindle Edition, with the same awkward looking layouts and one-size fits all image slots. The idea is that the digital magazine will work on smartphones, and they do, but on the iPad they look primitive and rather anti-design.

The new digital magazine comes with a one week free trial. Hopefully the journalists will seek out a different platform as this one does not showcase their work in the best way possible. Content may indeed be king, but good magazine design, even on tablets, is not a vice.

(May 16, 2013)

Hoofbeats Magazine is an Australian equestrian magazine that now has a new universal Newsstand app. The app has a very badly designed library that leads to a subscription page, but not back again. Designers will also notice the skeuomorphic design of the app, something that would drive many of them crazy.

The magazine is says an annual subscription is $32.99 in the app description, then AUS $29.99 in the app itself, but is actually priced at $26.99 when bought in the U.S. App Store.

(May 15, 2013)

There has to be a worse replica edition ever, right? I mean some magazine app has to be the worst created, just like there has to a best. So I guess we can thank the folks over at Az Big Media for making an app that fits one of those descriptions.

AZ Business Magazine is a Newsstand replica edition for both the iPhone and iPad. The page design does not fit the iPad, so maybe it looks better on the iPhone (it can’t look worse), but at least its free of charge to download. The fuzzy PDF pages need to be scrolled to reach the bottom of the page, and in landscape the page blows up to an enormous size. Honestly, it is hard to believe that someone at the publishing company didn’t stop and ask “do we really want to do this?”

Oh, actually this is the publisher’s second Newsstand app. The first was for Scottsdale Living. That app has three 5-star reviews, all from people named Shep. Make of that what you will.

(May 13, 2013)

If at first you don’t succeed… The Gentle Kitchen vegan magazine is the Newsstand version of a previous paid stand-alone app of the same magazine. Published by Heather Hunt, the vegan food magazine will be charging $3.99 for single issues, with an annual (6 issues) subscription priced at $12.

The previous app is still in the store, called The Gentle Kitchen, which no doubt is what the publisher wishes they could call their Newsstand app, as well But Apple doesn’t allow that which means you have to be really careful when naming your app. It is probably wise to not name your app exactly the same as the actual magazine – try adding a little something to the end like “for the iPad” or “HD” so as to avoid losing your magazine’s brand to an old app.

(May 13, 2013)

Aucklandia Magazine is, as its website states, “a semi-regular exploration of Auckland City, its people and their eccentricities through the lens of street photography. The first issue (Looking Glass) takes a gander at four stories about this sleepy little urbana. Oh, and it’s completely free!”

The new tablet-only magazine is published by Aucklandia.com, a street photography blog – “Stories about Auckland, its people and their oddities told through the lens.”

The app is a simple one, but not in the way of the more trendy The Magazine or The Loop. No, this digital magazine does not try and make a tablet magazine into a Kindle Edition. It uses the interactivity of the tablet platform seriously by using animation, slideshows to tell its stories, not show off.

This is an excellent tablet edition that is progressive not reactionary in its approach to the tablet publishing platform.

(May 10, 2013)

You have to give Dennis Publishing some credit, at least they let you know when they have gotten lazy and have chosen to throw a replica edition at you – the put the word “replica” right in the app name. Actually, this is a really smart idea, really. It allows the publisher to launch another app, a natively designed edition, at a later time, while not burning the name of the magazine with the replica edition.

The latest app released is Computeractive Replica App, which as the name states, is the replica edition of the UK computer title. The was built by PixelMags.

Dennis Publishing is not exactly blowing people away with their digital publishing strategy, but at least they are honest in their Newsstand marketing.

(May 9, 2013)

Your Trade Bix Mag is a digital-only magazine from Astill Hawke & Associates, a New Zealand accounting firm. The obvious purpose of the new digital magazine is to promote the firm – content marketing, in others words.

What makes this one different is that the company is using the Apple Newsstand to distribute its digital publication, and they are charging for the app, something a bit unusual for a Newsstand app. The plus side of a paid app is that the reader knows they are paying for the content, the download is that it will discourage downloads, and also may lead some to think that all the content inside will be free (since they have already paid for the app). The app description makes it pretty clear that there are paid subscription costs inside the app.

Which brings us to the obvious question: if the new digital magazine helps promote the accounting business, why are they charging for the magazine?

(May 7, 2013)

Vancouver’s Guide is a new digital magazine from Matthew Blair. The plan for the new tablet-only magazine is to publish quarterly.

“While traditional guide books send writers to Vancouver for a ​few weeks to become “experts”, Vancouver’s Guide publishes a quarterly edition that is filled with ​recommendations from real Vancouverites. We take a candid look at what makes ​Vancouver, well, Vancouver,” reads the app description.

Subscriptions are available for $9.99 annually, with individual issues available for $2.99.

(May 6, 2013)

The new tablet edition for Gallop Magazine, from Swedish publisher Genberg & Co AB, bills itself as “a feel-good magazine for everybody fascinated by horse racing. We are not about betting or race results. We are all about horses, people, places and passion.”

The magazine is published quarterly and single issues can be downloaded into the Apple Newsstand app at $4.99 a piece. An annual subscription is priced at $15.99.

(May 3, 2013)

Nevada Business Magazine is clearly a replica edition. How is it so easy to tell? Well, for one thing the app does not appear under the publisher’s name, a sure sign that someone at the magazine has taken the cheap and easy way out of launching a tablet edition. The second easy way to tell is that the app is universal – that means that what is nearly impossible to read on the iPad will be absolutely impossible to read on the iPhone. The third way to tell is when to see the link in the app description that says “Nevada Business Magazine” – click it – and find yourself taken not to the publishers own website but to the vendor’s site.

This replica was built and launched by Bluepaper, a company I am not very familiar with. The vendor’s website is no help in learning about the company as it uses the same out-of-the-box WordPress template that I used for the TNM Digital Media website. Maybe they are using it as a temporary website, too.

(May 2, 2013)

PennWell, which recently released its first Newsstand app with Proofs (see TNM post here) today saw there second title appear – JEMS Digital Edition. (JEMS stands for the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.)

The app uses the GTxcel platform (formerly known as Texterity), as did Proofs, to create a replica edition of the print edition of the 47,000+ circulation BPA-audited trade magazine.

Single issues are available at $1.99 a piece, while an annual subscription is priced at $19.99.

(May 1, 2013)

Focus on Health Magazine is the branded magazine from North Shore-LIJ Health Systems and is published by True North Custom Publishing. This new Newsstand app is the fourth released by the custom publisher – others being MD News, HIT Exchange Magazine, and Doctoring Magazine, also published for North Shore-LIJ Health Systems.

The simple, but effective native tablet edition is free of charge to download and access, as one would expect from customer magazine.

(May 1, 2013)

Invited Magazine is a new tablet edition from Poland, published under the developer account name of photographer Martyna Gumula. The free magazine is designed for the tablet platform and the first issue inside the app’s library weighs in at 297 MB.

The digital publishing platform used for the Apple Newsstand app, the first I’ve looked at from Poland, appears to be Mag+. The library also contains a sample of the magazine as well, though I found the download for the entire issue very fast.

(April 30, 2013)

UBM Medica LLC has released its first tablet edition into the Apple Newsstand, a native tablet edition for Physicians Practice. The app and its issue inside are free of charge.

The first tablet issue weighs in at around 145 MB. The design is portrait-only, which keeps the file size down and makes for slightly simpler conversion to the tablet design.

From the app description:

The Physicians Practice app for iPad will deliver quarterly issues, combining our most popular topics with exclusive, multi-media features including:

  • High resolution images and diagrams
  • Podcasts and videos from leading practice management experts
  • Interactive graphics that provide greater insight to our exclusive survey data
  • Personalized tools and calculators

(April 29, 2013)

One of the toughest challenges print magazine publishers face when creating digital editions is understanding that they aren’t dealing with print any longer. PaddleMag’s new tablet edition fails that challenge.

The app was created with PixelMags, which is usually a bad sign right off the bat. PixelMags is a replica maker, though like any replica vendor, if the original material is designed for the tablet, like many of the MagCast tablet mags are, the results can be acceptable. This one, though, is designed off the online flipbook, which is designed to look like a print magazine. As a result, this new tablet edition could be called a replica of a knock-off. I’m quite sure that’s not a good thing.

(April 25, 2013)

Architecture + Design is a new replica edition released for Media Transasia and is “powered by Wink Technology Solutions – a company I had not previously heard about.

So what does the app description say about the new Newsstand app? “Doc n Doc is India’s first ever Doctors’ information and lifestyle magazine.” Oops, looks like the vendor put the wrong app description on the new magazine app. Those funny replica vendors!

(Another of the publisher’s apps released today has as its entire app description the word “Child” – the name of the magazine. That’s it.)

(April 25, 2013)

Disney Junior Magazine is being touted in the app description as the “very first Disney magazine available on Apple’s Newsstand!” The interactive magazine is offering subscriptions at $9.99 for one year.

A sample issue is included in the app library, and single issues and back issues can be purchased, as well.

(April 24, 2013)

RC Magazine is the digital version of Revista Cinematografica, a Nicaraguan film magazine. The app appears under the developer account name of Julio Tapia, who is the general manager of the magazine and president of the advertising agency Puma S.A.

The app description is woefully short of both text and screenshots, and there is apparently a typo in the developer account (oops), as well. But ultimately the success of this app will depend on the number of Nicaraguans who have iPads and can access the tablet edition.

(April 23, 2013)

BetterPress, which updated its customer’s apps today, also issued a new digital magazine app called BeautyBliss Magazine. The publisher is Candace Roadknight from British Columbia.

Single issues are $1.99, and an annual subscription is priced at $9.99.

(April 22, 2013)

The digital services company Pixl8 Interactive Ltd has released a new tablet edition for AIMA Journal, the Alternative Investment Management Association’s flagship publication.

The effort was pretty sloppy as the app description does not contain screenshots of the new digital edition, and the link back to Pixl8’s own website is bad. This appears to be the agency’s first app release so many we should cut them some slack – hopefully their publishing client will, as well.

(April 19, 2013)

TIME Magazine has produced a special edition for publication inside its tablet app. If you recall, TIME originally launched weekly apps rather than one app that served as a container for all its issues. The advantage of that approach, which was admittedly unsustainable, was that the new weekly app would appear at the top of the new releases. With Apple now in total control of what readers see inside the App Store the only way readers will know of the special edition is if Apple helps Time Inc. out – they haven’t, what is being promoted now is “Home Inspiration”.

As a result this new special edition will come… then it will be gone.

(April 18, 2013)

It may be called HD Mag on the cover but its app name is a long one: Hockey Development Magazine Tips and Systems Drills for Hockey Coaches and Players. The app comes from Jeremy Weiss who runs a hockey development business which he can now promote through his new digital magazine.

The Newsstand app offers the debut magazine for free, though single issues will eventually cost $7.99 a piece, or readers can subscribe for only $1.99 a month (seems like the way to go).

This is another of those digital-only magazines that have launched using the MagCast platform, very popular with first time digital publishers. I might also that here again we have a new magazine launch that won’t be recorded by either the magazine tracking services or the trade industry journals.

(April 17, 2013)

OK, it’s not a totally new app for Hearst’s Esquire Magazine, but it’s a big update – now up to version 3.0. Besides, it’s nice to see Robert Redford on the front of TNM for a change, right?

“Now featuring a brand new, improved storefront as well as stability fixes. Browse our extended catalogue of eBooks, standalone apps, and more,” says the app description. Print subscribers, though, are still complaining about having to pay for digital.

(April 16, 2013)

Warners Group Publications’s The Chap – A journal for the Modern Gentleman takes a satirical look at the modern world through the eyes of an old-fashioned English gentleman.

The magazine may make fun of old-fashioned English gentleman, but the digital version is an old-fashioned replica edition, I wonder if they see the irony in that?

Annual subscriptions (6 issues) are £14.99, or US$20.99.

(April 16, 2013)

SOFW Journal is a chemical trade journal, published since 1874, which offers practical application oriented science. The app description states that the new tablet edition offers the print magazine as well as a “number of add-ons including direct links, QR code content access, presentations, fullscreen figures previews, slideshows and additional information on selected items.”

The app and its contents are currently being offered free of charge by its publisher, Verlag fuer chemische Industrie H. Ziolkowsky GmbH.

(April 15, 2013)

Nordic Style Magazine, the app description states, is a new online fashion magazine focusing on fashion and design from the Nordic countries. The app uses the PressPad platform, another PDF solution vendor.

PressPad charges $499 for a single issue, or $129 a month for a Newsstand app (those are pretty expensive PDFs, don’t you think?)

The app offers subscriptions to the digital magazine for $10 for 6 months, and $17 for a year. The magazine is found under the developer name of the publisher, Soffia Tryggvadottir, who is NYC based.

(April 15, 2013)

The ‘edição Lusa’ of GQ magazine, GQ Portugal, targets the Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique and Angola markets. One-year subscriptions are priced at €13.99.

The app was released by Cofina Media, which has numerous titles inside the Apple Newsstand including Vogue Portugal.

(April 11, 2013)

Hit Tap Magazine is a new tablet-only magazine from a developer that turns out to be an equipment distributor from Hanoi, Vietnam (Vecomtech Co., Ltd.) At least one of the screenshots contains text with a typo so I would proceed with caution if I were you.

Hit Tap Magazine will be dedicated to matching the incredible demand for the latest and greatest Touch Screen Devices. Each month Hit Tap Magazine rounds up the best applications & games launched, carefully tested & rated for you to know where to spend your valuable money; you can also watch videos of our experts discovering the apps, games & services to see if they’re suitable for you. You also got detailed reviews & attractive real image slideshows of cases, docks, headphones, speakers, keyboards & styluses that will maximize the enjoyment of your touch devices. – App Description

(April 11, 2013)

1966 Magazine is a new tablet edition released into the Apple Newsstand by Alicia Suggs.

“1966 Magazine is the new guilty pleasure for black women who want to know the latest trends in fashion, beauty, hair, travel, entertainment and lifestyle. Geared towards sexy, stylish ladies we give you the inside scoop, so you can see what’s hot now in major cities throughout the world from fashion week to Hollywood parties. 1966 Magazine has articles and feature stories written by and for women of color that will inspire you and enrich your life,” reads the app description.

Single issues are $2.99, a one-year subscription is $19.99. The app itself is unique in that it is charging $2.99 for the download, something few Newsstand apps choose to do.

(April 10, 2013)

Active Interest Media (AIM) has released a first tablet edition for its title Amazing Wellness. The app presents readers with a replica edition inside where they can subscribe for $1.99 per month, or $19.99 for the year. Single issues are priced at $3.99.

AIM has 20 tablet editions inside the Apple Newsstand, most of which, but not all, are replicas. Yoga Journal appears to be leading the way in regards to native tablet design, though that app is getting hammered by reader reviews due to its policy of charging print subscribers for access to the digital edition.

(April 10, 2013)

Groupe Marie Claire has released two new tablet editions into the Apple Newsstand: Avantages and Marie Claire Idées, both are uninspiring replica editions, however.

The French publisher previously launched tablet editions for magazines it publishes for the French market Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire France. So far the company has shown no urge to explore the possibilities of native tablet publishing, despite the fact that French readers inside the App Store have given the previously released replica editions very poor reviews.

(April 9, 2013)

CFO Publishing has launched a new universal iOS app, CFO Publications, to house their CFO Handbooks and eBriefs are finance-driven eBooks. The price of an annual subscription is $13.99.

One has to ask, though, how does one publish an eBook inside an Apple Newsstand app? Guess you’ll have to download to find out.

(April 8, 2013)

Editorial Projects in Education has released a new tablet edition for its title Education Week. The app offers single issues at $3.99, and subscriptions at $39.99 and $69.99 for 18 issues and 36 issues respectively.

There is a free “issue” inside the app by the download actually only takes you to the publication’s website, a rather bizarre way to offer a publication.

(April 8, 2013)

NewspaperDirect has launched an updated version of the iOS app for the Irish Independent (the app appears under NewspaperDirect’s name inside the Apple Newsstand).

The app includes replica editions for both the daily newspaper and Sunday Independent or the Evening Herald with subscriptions priced separately at 14,49 € and 5,99 € respectively.

(April 4, 2013)

Hospitality Showcase Magazine is a tablet-only magazine from Australian publisher Associated Media Group. The publisher prints a print directory product for this industry, but this appears to be strictly a digital-only magazine launch.

The app looks like it was created using the Adobe DPS, and its design is completely influenced by print design. Both the app and its premiere issue inside are free to download and access.

(April 4, 2013)

The cover of Adelaide Hills Magazine brags that the magazine was Australia’s regional magazine of the year in 2012. But the new tablet edition won’t be winning an award anytime soon as it is a replica edition that shows up in the Apple Newsstand under the vendor’s name, rather than the publisher’s. The cover is a dead giveaway that the app is a replica as it retains the bar scan, something that the art director could easily have removed when creating the PDF.

But that is the attraction of these replica solutions, they are cheap and easy. The line seems to work inside the offices of magazine publishers very well.

(April 4, 2013)

ELEMENT is the first of his kind dedicated to the Asian gay men” – or so says the app description for this new tablet edition from EPIC MEDIA Pte. Ltd.

The app is $1.99 which is also the price for individual issues inside the Newsstand app.

“The magazine aims to put the Asian gay men in the context of a larger world that we live in, how we look, live and socialize; what we eat, listen to and watch; and who leads and inspires us.”

(April 3, 2013)

Urban Lux Magazine is a quarterly magazine that has launched a new tablet edition inside the Apple Newsstand. Single issues are priced at $2.99, while a subscription is $12.99 (no discount, apparently).

From the app description: Our mission is to celebrate socially aware individuals, organizations and businesses as we highlight their individual careers, successes, challenges and contributions to our society. City Living, Lifestyle, Culture, Fashion and Entertainment is also significant to our purpose. Urban Lux Magazine readers are a community of trendsetting movers and shakers. They are not your average group of individuals, but a group of fashion forward, community focused and ambitious people with a desire to network, socialize, and give back to a variety of causes all while having a little fun in the process.

(April 2, 2013)

ARTNews is the kind of magazine made for tablets with their high resolution displays. But ARTNews chose to go with MAZ Digital, known more for “enhanced” replica editions rather than native tablet solutions (and it’s ridiculously expensive, on top of that). Worse, the app description warns readers that paying for the tablet edition does not grant the reader access to the subscription-only content on the website.

The digital magazine is priced to pretty much force the reader to subscribe, with single issues priced at $4.99, while the six-month subscription is $14.99.

(April 1, 2013)

Is Apple playing an April Fools Day joke on us, or is this a real digital magazine: Gobbler Geeks from Booner Media, all you’ll ever need to know about huntin’ down turkeys, now in the Newsstand. (Wonder if there is an article in the premiere issue about hunting with Dick Cheney?)

Single issues are priced at $1.99, and annual subscription can be had at $7.99.

(April 1, 2013)

Rumba is the fourth tablet edition released by Finnish company Pop Media Oy. The print magazines all look quite interesting, though the tablet apps appear more appropriate for covering the music of Lawrence Welk than for more modern music. These are very disappointing.

The replica editions also are priced rather high for what you get: an unimaginative take on the new digital publishing platform.

(March 29, 2013)

Bauer Media has released two new Newsstand apps for Classic Car Weekly and Classic Cars Magazine – unfortunately, both are replica editions. The weekly car magazine may work in print, but its tight layouts and small text really is out of place on a tablet.

The more traditional looking Classic Cars Magazine is better, though a title like this cries out for some video content. The photography all looks great, but again the layouts are ruined by the fact that the pages are shrunk down.

(March 28, 2013)

Cape Code Magazine is published by Rabideau Media Group and they have just released a replica edition using the PixelMags platform – which is what the platform produces. An annual subscription (10 issues) will cost the reader $12.99.

The app is universal, which is the norm from PixelMags, reproducing the standard-sized magazine down to a four inch screen. Better bring a magnifying glass.

(March 27, 2013)

The full name of this new tablet edition is Crema Magazine Australia’s Premier Coffee Lifestyle Magazine, maybe not the longest app name ever, but it’s close. The new tablet edition appears under the name of the replica maker, unfortunately, in this case MagazineCloner – and as it’s a replica the app will not make you a latte, which any developer will tell you is totally possible with a native tablet app (right?).

The magazine is a quarterly and subscriptions are in 6-month increments (£6.99/ US$9.99/AUD$10.49) and 12-month (£13.49/ US$18.99/AUD$19.99). Four back issues are available, as well (£12.99/ US$17.99/AUD$18.99).

(March 27, 2013)

The Washington Spector is an independent political journal with a circulation around 60K. It is not a terribly attractive magazine, designed like a newsletter, so when the publisher decided to go with PixelMags to create a replica edition app and opportunity was lost to reinvent itself for new readers.

The Washington Spectator is charging $.99 for single copies, and subscriptions are priced at $1.99 per month, $9.99 for six months, and $17.99 for an annual subscription.

(March 27, 2013)

Charged Magazine is a free technology magazine for the Irish retailer Carphone Warehouse. The magazine was created by Bottle Top Media, and they are listed as the developer in the app description.

The app was released without screenshots and practically no real app description, so one assumes this is a replica edition, rather than a new native tablet edition.

(March 26, 2013)

App Description: “From the publishers of Hoodgrown Magazine comes Rapp Weekly. Rapp Weekly is a bi-weekly publication focusing on upcoming indie and major label artists.” The new digital magazine uses the Magzter platform to produce a native tablet design in portrait orientation.

A 3-month subscriptions is $4.99, 6-month is $10.99, and an annual sub is priced at $20.99. The publisher has another Magzter newsstand digital magazine, as well. The post on Reader’s Mobile can be seen here.

(March 26, 2013)

Discovery Magazine is a custom publishing product from John Brown Media Group for the South African health insurer. The new tablet edition is a hybrid, with the editorial reformatted for the iPad and the advertising as seen in print.

The app can be found under the Media Innovations developer account. The digital magazine edition appears to have been created using the Adobe DPS platform.

(March 25, 2013)

SPLAT! Magazine is a new interactive tablet magazine for kids, the first published under the developer account name of ‘Vincent Vincent. The link in the app description takes you to the website of Souper Media, which appears to still be a work in progress for the London, England developer.

“The first issue of SPLAT! is the ultimate boredom buster!” reads the app description. Individual issues are priced at £2.49
 ($3.99 US) and an annual subscription is priced at £27.49


(March 25, 2013)

Apple’s app review team continues to show little regard for what they accept into the Newsstand. Click on the cover at right to see the one and only screenshot submitted by this ‘publisher’.

The Dating Life charges $3.99 for the app, a clear sign that something is wrong, as few Newsstand apps charge for anything other than the issues inside.

(March 25, 2013)

Edible East End for iPad is a new replica edition of the 70+ ‘Edible’ local food magazines. Although a replica, the app appears inside the Apple Newsstand under the name of the publisher.

The app most likely comes from the print, The Sheridan Group, which has been using the BlueToad app solution. For a look at the Edible Marin & Wine app, which appears identical, read this earlier TNM post.

(March 23, 2013)

Inferno is a new tablet edition released by Pop Media Oy. The metal magazine is the 3rd Newsstand magazine app released by the publisher from Finland. Individual issues are priced at €4.49, with subscriptions priced at €19.99.

The app screenshots give the impression that the app is a replica edition, as it maintains its multi-column page layouts, not usually seen in native tablet design.

(March 22, 2013)