Originally Posted by bdkennedy1
This whole magazine thing is a fu**ing disaster. I don't want an App that is a magazine. I want an App that holds my magazines.
Zinio is the only App that's gotten it right. Prices are reasonable and every month my new issues are waiting and I don't have to do anything to get them.
Originally Posted by AdonisSMU
That's what I agree with. I don't need an app that's a magazine. I want an app that holds magazines.
I've been saying that for a while months back. Why are the publishers stumbling over themselves trying to come out with their own apps with more bells and whistles?
Start simple. Give us the familiarity of the print version and print layout and price for volume, i.e. for goodness sakes less than the newsstand price. Then work up from there. If people are still not buying, it's your content, adding more interactivity may not be perceived as having more value because it then feels more like a website rather than the "monumentality" of print.
The Wired iPad app, which BTW has the May issue for free, is alright, but it's really chock full of ads. The interactivity is cute but it weighed in at almost 500mb. I don't mind the pricing because it's cheaper for purchasers outside the US using US iTunes gift cards... But clearly in general people are placing less and less perceived value on magazines. So these publishers have to continue to rethink what to do.
Also, are people reading less magazines in general and spending less time with magazines on the iPad nowadays? Could be yes to both.
Then you have total disasters like the MacLife magazine which hasn't seen updates AFAIK and MacWorld which is a terribly designed digital magazine (or whatever you want to call it).