Magazines for the ipad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by msduncan, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. msduncan macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2010
    So far I've seen concept videos for Sports Illustrated and Wired. I've read about the Wall Street Journal developing one as well.

    Is there any information on when these ipad mags will be available, and any additional ones that are under development?
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    That brings up an interesting question - will they come out as apps (like NYT and WSJ are already) or will they come out as subscriptions through a reader app (like the kindle or BN reader apps)?
  3. aduteau macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    I was asking myself the same thing ...
    I guess they will all be separate apps !
  4. msduncan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2010
    That info has been hazy at best. My guess are that they will be applications? I'm not entirely sure though.
  5. TurboSC macrumors 65816


    Aug 4, 2007
    Yea not much information on that front. It's definitely smart for Apple to start talking, or at least start funneling us some information.
  6. psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    Magazines on the ipad would seem to be a no-brainer; in fact, it would almost certainly make me buy one (I may buy one regardless) If all of the magazines that I subscribe to (and I subscribe to a ton) were somehow available for download to the ipad, it would make sense on so many levels. I would assume that my subscription costs would be significantly lower since there would be no printing and mailing costs and it would eliminate lot of waste since so many people can't be bothered to recycle. I'm not sure how much I spend on magazine subscriptions per year but I would venture to guess it's at least $500. If those costs could even be trimmed in half it would just about pay for the top-of-the-line ipad with wifi and 3g within 3 years or so. I know that's a long time in the tech world but I would definitely get my money's worth in other ways as well.
  7. supersize macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2004
    Does anyone know if magazine content on the Ipad will be available offline? So would you download the whole magizine and then be able to read it on a plane or will they just be a gateway to the online versions. I've seen the Wired and SI demos video and I imagine they would be a pretty big downloads for each issue.
  8. GadgetX macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2010
    No one knows anything for sure, but my best educated guess would be that they will be available offline. I doubt the files will be huge seeing as the bulk of the content will just be text and pictures with the occasional animation or video thrown in. But again no publishers are talking so we have no way of knowing for sure.
  9. wyneken macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2010
    The great State of Maine
    I think our uncertainty and confusion are shared by the magazine industry itself.

    Everybody seems to sense the potential here. But nobody seems to have figured out what to do with it. Even companies like Condé Nast, which seems prepared to go all-in, have been hazy about the details.

    For that matter, even the New York Times, which had reps up there on stage at the product announcement, is reportedly still anguishing in-house about how much to charge for access -- and they may be farther down the road than anybody else in the publishing business.

    So, educated guess time.

    • Big magazines, and smaller tech-savvy magazines, will probably develop custom iPad apps.

    • Subscribers (paid and otherwise) will be able to download most content automatically whenever an update is available and read it offline.

    • Most but not all: I suspect that large video files and the like will require a live internet connection. If you're online when you click to view the video, you'll see it right away. Otherwise you'll get some kind of prompt to go online to view this content.

    • So it's a mixed picture. A publication like The New Yorker, which is mostly text and pictures, will be totally downloadable and viewable offline. Something like Sports Illustrated, which may have lots of game highlight videos and other cool things, will require you to be online.

    But really, at this point, nobody knows -- and perhaps more to the point, the people at The New Yorker don't know what Harper's is going to do, and Sports Illustrated doesn't know what ESPN is up to. This is an industry (trust me -- I just did my taxes, and a plurality of my income last year came from freelance magazine writing) where the ONE THING every editor cares about is what every other damn editor is planning for the next issue.

    These are pretty smart and hip and design-conscious people. But they work for organizations that have stripped themselves down to bare fighting weight over the past few years, mostly because competition from new media has cut drastically into ad revenue and, often, circulation. So now you've got the weird situation where there are exciting new possibilities to think about, but no one on staff being paid to think about them.
  10. JimTigerPT macrumors member


    Feb 17, 2008
    Baton Rouge, LA
    My guess is that there will be limited availability at first but as times goes by and gets more and more popular, this will EXPLODE and be HUGE! Give it 6 months and then compare the availability from day 1.
  11. flyguy206 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2008
    They want to keep things on the low. Because they have comption and don't want them know what they are doing.
  12. PlayHard macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    One of my fears is that all the websites (and magazines) will start having their own app. I'm scared that'll be the precedence set. I don't want pages of apps for each magazine. I really hope it all integrates in iBooks at some point. It's kind of like all my bookmarks will become apps.
  13. Morro Bay macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2010
    Northern California
    I think you have a pretty good insight of how it will work. On my Kindle, magazines update whenever a new issue is available. Of course, no video files, and very very few pictures, which are in low resolution black and white. Once the magazine is downloaded, you can turn the whispernet (3G) off and read at your leisure.

    Any video files for the ipad will probably either be viewable when your wifi/3G is on or the large files will be downloaded to your ipad and saved. We will probably find out more once the ipad is released.

    Best to all.
  14. Spudracer macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2009
    I actually stopped buying magazines years ago. It seemed that the content had dwindled to a fraction of what it once was and what you got between the front and back cover was about 90% advertising. I have always assumed that was because the magazines couldn't afford to pay writers and researchers and the people who test products like cars and audio equipment because of falling subscriptions. I chalked the falling subscriptions up to competing distractions like the internet, video games, and home theater.

    So do we have the chicken and the egg. Did the content disappear as the readers walked away? Or did the readers walk away because the publishers got stingy with the content? In either case, I think the iPad would be a great way to read my favorite magazines again. But.....while Apple is lining up the deals with publishers, the publishers better be lining up deals for some decent writers and fill their electronic pages with good stuff or they can continue to suck wind as far as I'm concerned. I will gladly pay for good content but I won't pay a dime for one page opinion pieces written by hacks and wrapped in advertising. Just my two cents worth.
  15. mullman macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2004
    Greatly looking forward to dynamic periodical content and eschew the old static print medium.
    Apple can tout saving trees and the 'green thing' to boot.

    I'm ready on day one to move my subs to iPad:

    National Geographic
    Condé Nast Traveler
    Popular Mechanics
    Car & Driver
    Roundel (BMWCCA Club Mag, not holding my breath).

    Glad I pre-ordered the 64GB. :)

    Bring it publishers!
  16. jedolley macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2009
    I agree that magazines in the iBookstore would be huge. I used to subscribe to several, but the clutter was getting out of hand. It would be nice to be able to access past issues and its just a matter of disk space (hoping it can be backed up on my desktop). Something tells me Apple has considered this, but in the end its up to the magazine publishers.
  17. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2010
    Does anyone really want to read their ipad on the can, though? That's how I go through my EW and TV Guide
  18. Spudracer macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2009
    Absolutely! I've already installed a "library" pouch next to the toilet. The iPad will have its own holster right next to the pork rind jar and the Mountain Dew dispenser. :eek:
  19. robotkiller macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2009
    a touch device is not the best choice for bathroom use. Gross.
  20. GadgetX macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2010
    Pretty sure just about every device I've ever used has required me to touch it ;)
  21. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    um. o wait you mean that.
  22. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    I'm pretty sure that the magazines will be in the AppStore (or the iBook Store) As soon as the iPad ships out to people.

    Also, I'm pretty sure that GQ and Rolling Stone will be making apps for the iPad, since their magazine is in the AppStore right now (iPhone version)
  23. vini-vidi-vici macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2010
    Hmm... So, will periodicals cease to be "periodical"? If they're always updated, always live... There's no "period" of time to wait from issue to issue. I'm not sure if this is the intent, but I hope it is not.

    I hope the issue-based model continues - it gives you something to look forward to, and will differentiate a magazine from a blog or website. I can see how newspapers might want to be "always updated", but I don't think that's needed or desirable for most magazines. Actually, I hope they keep the "page turning" model as a base for design, and just add tweaks to add dynamic content. We've seen this in some prototypes, but I think there will be a strong (and unwelcome in my view) tendency to transmogrify e-magazines into something resembling a website.
  24. demiurgical macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2007
  25. catrik007 macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2009
    heres one of the first ipad magazines

    I found a great website with video showing two magazines built for ipad,

    Viv magazine and Outside magazine, these guys understand what a digital magazine on ipad should be, check it out :)

    what is everyones thoughts on it?


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