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Page Six Jumps From Newstands to iPad

Posted by Blake Grundman on March 27th, 2012

What would a trip to the supermarket be without the assorted collection of tabloid magazines littering the checkout aisle?  There is one such celebrity gossip rag from the New York Post, better known by the name Page Six Magazine, that just landed on the iPad this week.  In each issue, readers will get exclusive content not available to print subscribers.

Some of the stories in the debut issue include:

  • Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men’s Peggy Olson vamps it up and reveals her inner bad girl.  The actress poses for provocative photos and speaks for the first time about her short-lived marriage to Fred Armisen.

  • Victor Cruz – The Super Bowl winning Giants’ wide receiver gets a fashion makeover.

  • Chelsea Tyler – Steven Tyler’s daughter speaks about growing up as a rock star’s child, her dad’s drug use, American Idol and her own career plans.

Sounds like something that the avid celebrity gossip reader wouldn't want to miss.  You can download the app now, for a mere ninety nine cents.


Washington Post iPad App Now Live and Free

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on November 10th, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

As the iPad slowly siphons away newspaper customers tired of getting ink on their hands, newspapers themselves have been quick to launch attractive official apps in the hope of winning back readers who are looking for reliable sources of information. Today the Washington Post joins the charge as it has released an official iPad app. Best of all, it's free well into next year.

The app's description invites users to "Get closer to the story with our Live Topics feature. It combines the best coverage of the most talked-about news of the day with social media conversations from Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy rich photo galleries with work from our renowned photojournalists and extensive video content so you can go deeper into every angle of every story. Download stories to read later, even when you are offline. "

Those who download the app now will enjoy a free subscription to the Post until February 2011, at which point a subscription will be required. No pricing model has yet been announced, but it's likely that the Post will offer monthly and yearly subscriptions, and may even charge by the article for those who only want access to a specific piece of journalism.

The Post's move follows in the footsteps of the New York Times and New York Post, both of which have launched a similar service. Indeed, this approach tends to be the wave of the future, and it seems that the newsstand has gone virtual, with all the major outlets flocking to the iPad in the hopes of saving themselves from extinction. In a delicious twist that not even M. Night Shyamalan could have come up with, it may indeed be that one of the very devices which was accused or ruining the newspaper industry could actually save it. The newspaper is dead, long live the e-newspaper!

Kobo Launching New Magazine and Newspaper eReader Service

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on November 1st, 2010

If you prefer the shiny screen of an iPhone or iPad to the rough texture of a newspaper or glossy pages of a magazine then you're in luck, as Kobo has announced it is expanding its eReader service to include dozens of US and Canadian periodicals. Those who download the free app are granted a two-week subscription to try out the service. If you like what you see, then you can choose to buy a monthly subscription for your chosen newspapers or magazines.

“Kobo continues to build on our commitment of making sure that consumers have the best reading experience on any device with the largest selection of content worldwide, ” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “We’ve had tremendous success with eBooks and we’re very excited to expand the Kobo offering to include newspapers and magazines with a two-week free trial, allowing consumers to try first without any obligation. We continue to bring on top publishers to ensure that Kobo’s newspaper and magazine offering meets our customers’ highest expectations.”

The company has a solid lineup of periodicals available, though the selection is far from exhaustive. Newspapers include the New York Post and New York Times, and the National Review and Harvard Business Review can be found in the magazine section. For the full list head on over to Kobo's website and see if anything tickles your fancy. Subscription rates vary, but usually range from around $2 a month for magazines to $15 a month for a daily paper.

While this is definitely a viable option for folks wanting to use their iOS device as an eReader, it's also important to shop around and compare prices. The New York Times and Post already offer iPad subscriptions directly, so it's really a matter of deciding which service is best for you. Still, now you have yet another choice and Kobo will group all your subscriptions into one convenient location, so it's definitely something to consider.

New York Post Offering In-App Subscriptions

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on October 15th, 2010
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Those who love newspapers but hate getting ink on their fingers will be delighted to hear that the New York Post has launched a new app which will make all the paper's contents available on the iPad. Furthermore, the app was built with customization and social media in mind, allowing users to decide what stories they want to see on their own virtual front page, and easily sharing stories, video and photos with friends via email, Facebook and Twitter.

Even more newsworthy is the fact that the New York Post app is the first of its kind to offer in-app subscriptions. Those who purchase the app for $1.99 will receive 30 days of access to the Post, with the option to extend their subscription at any time for $6.99 a month or $74.99 a year. Those who choose to read the New York Times or other periodicals online must either buy each issue separately or subscribe to either the online or physical print service. This is the first app-specific subscription on record.

Given the precarious state of newspapers, we're crossing our fingers for the Post in the hopes that this works and might also serve as a model for other papers around the world. If people are willing to read a "paper" on their iPad and the Post sees sufficient subscriptions then the newspaper may not be dead, merely different. Still, this app seeks to combine the best of both worlds with traditional newspaper reporting but with an emphasis on new media and embracing the very technology which once threatened to destroy the printed word.

[via iLounge]

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