Zinio and magazines

Discussion in 'iPad' started by wombat888, May 9, 2010.

  1. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
    On my Kindle 2, I subscribe to The Economist and The New Yorker. The presentations are pretty basic, and the price is pretty good. I don't remember exact price, but it's definitely cheaper than print.

    On the iPad, the Kindle app doesn't let you subscribe to periodicals. So I'm contemplating what to do if I sell/give away the Kindle 2 and use the iPad in its place. Let's please not turn this into an iPad vs Kindle thread, there have been plenty of those.

    So my questions are:

    - Is Zinio considered the main vehicle for magazine subscriptions, or is it just the first of many? I'd rather use one app for all of my magazines, if possible.
    - Is The New Yorker available via Zinio? I can't find it. I do see The Economist, though.

    I'm ready to buy the annual Economist subscription on Zinio, just pausing because I don't know much about the market or competitors and I don't want to bet on the wrong horse. I did buy a single copy of The Economist and enjoy the reading experience.
  2. rldunn macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2010
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Zinio is really the only option right now, besides magazines that are available as apps. In the future, who knows, but I'll be shocked if magazines aren't in the iBook store at some point. I'll definitely welcome some competition. The iPad should be perfect for digital magazines, but right now, zinio is ok, but not great.
  3. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

    Jun 10, 2007
    Cary, NC
  4. wombat888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
  5. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    Just as a warning, there is some love/hate over the zinio app. It renders each page when you view it. This can take (for me on the sample magazines) up to 3 or 4 seconds. For every page. We seem to be divided between people who think it's ridiculous and unacceptable (like me), and those who don't mind at all. May be best to read some reviews of th app and decide how much that will bother you if zinio is a big factor in your decision. Hopefully the app will be optimized more in the future. So far the only thing it enticed me to subscribe to was a dead tree version of Saveur after falling in love with the digital version but being infuriated by load times.
  6. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    lol. Same here.
  7. readsomething macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2010
    Norfolk VA
    Blar. Guess I'll call 'em up and beg for my $28/year "professional discount" rate. I've been holding off, but I miss my weekly dose of short fiction.

    I do wonder if The New Yorker will have the complete version of the paper edition -- I don't know how it stands now, but there were some complaints years ago about the Kindle version being presented out of order (all the cartoons loaded at the back, etc.).
  8. Battlestar macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2010
    I wish that there was a single App for eBooks and a single App for video streams. We are going to end up with a gazillion apps as the software base expands to meet consumder demand.
  9. JonboyDC macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2004
    As I understand it, iPhone OS 4.0 will give us the ability to create folders to hold related apps. I think that will be useful for the different magazine apps, provided any push notifications that hit the individual apps show up on the folder. For example, you get the little 1 on the National Geographic app* that shows you that there's a new issue, and the folder containing all of your magazine apps also shows the little 1, so you know to go into the folder and find the new issue.

    (Although I generally agree -- I really would like to have a single app for all magazines.)

    * Purely hypothetical -- I have no idea if there is or ever will be a National Geographic app.
  10. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    I'm one who likes having the full real-world page there, ads and all.

    BTW, works on an iPad. Almost unusable on the iPhone due to smaller screen.
  11. KevKaos macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2006
    Baltimore, Maryland USA
    My biggest disappointment with Zinios is that the subscriptions do not offer much if any price break for delivering electronically. This is most noticable for the British MacFormat magazine that I love. OK, granted, that is an exspensive magazine to buy here in the US because it has to be imported, but if you are delivering via the internet AND you don't get the disc of goodies, why does the price have to be the same as if you subscribe to the print version. In this electronic age, these magazine companies need to get on the electronic bandwagon. it's almost like they see the end is near and are trying to make every last penny that they can.
  12. Skystar macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    Today's update to zinio really improved the speed of rendering the pages. I might actually subscribe to something now..
  13. srl7741 macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
    I agree, it's like a totally new App. It actually works good now.
    I posted in the iPad App section.


  14. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Just installed the update and I'll agree, page rendering is definitely fast, took less than a second for my latest copy of Automobile magazine.

    Right now, I'd have to say I'm a fan of Zinio. Presently I only subscribe to a few auto mags and all are either $7.50-$8.00 for an annual subscription, about 30-40% less than their paper counterparts.
  15. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    As I understand it, one reason for the separate apps for magazines is that many magazines are looking at presenting a very interactive app that will have the ability in different ways for the reader to experience the magazine.

    For example a cooking magazine may have embedded video in it for preparing a dish. A sports magazine may have a short game embedded in it, etc.

    Until such things get sorted out what we have now plus Zinio may be the best we see.

    I use Zinio and for the most part find it OK.
  16. hereandthere macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2008
    I can live with it (and hope for upgrades)

    I find Zinio in general to be pretty good. Then again, I'm in New Zealand and the simple ability to be able to buy a decent range of mags at significantly cheaper prices than I would pay here makes it a good deal (e.g. Esquire here is approx $15NZD per issue and thats for a 3 month old issue - try something like $20+NZD for the air freighted latest issue). So the price is pretty compelling!

    The only downside has been general stability issues I've had with the app (store pages coming up blank etc) and the crazy page rendering. To me, the zinio app has incredible potential, and as they fix these little issues then I'll likely be buying more digital magazines.
  17. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    For those who are upset by the 3-4 second delay in the rendering of the pages in Zinio, I just timed this time it takes for the forum pages here to be presented and guess what it comes out to about 3.5 seconds.
  18. patrikr macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2009
    They released an update to Zinio today, renders the page in approx one second now.
  19. double329 macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2008
    Agreed, letters are much sharper now when zoom in... :D
  20. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    You're not the first person to make this kind of observation, but it's a subjective thing and what one is used to in loading web pages can be, for some, annoying when loading a scan of one magazine page. Don't know why people need to try to "prove" that other people's preferences are wrong.

    Off to check out the update / improvements, hoping for the best. (if I wasn't interested in the app I wouldn't waste time complaining about it.)

    Edited to add: it's getting better, but dang it, it still has to render every page and every zoom, even when turning back to a page you've already rendered. Guess I'll try again next update.
  21. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    Hmm, works better in portrait mode than landscape, maybe that's been part of my issue.

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