It’s a new year, and paid digital magazines and newspapers are still the talk of the town online. Traditional media has been hurt by the internet, with subscriber numbers falling and advertising dollars moving online (or disappearing entirely). But then, there’s a growing number of publications with paywalls around their content (like the New York Times), and tablets have given a new boost to digital magazines.
The most interesting thing, though, is the new players. There’s totally new digital magazines, such as The Magazine, launched by Marco Arment of Instapaper fame. It launched on the iPhone, but recently got a web-focused makeover that lets you subscribe online and read articles in your browser or download them in eBook formats. There’s also new long-form journalism efforts such as MATTER, a great new digital publication that brings one long-form article per month, which you can get via a subscription or directly through Kindle.
Last year, we asked if you subscribe to any digital magazines, and over 30% of you said that you did at that time. With all the new choices available now, though, we’re wondering if more of you are subscribing to paid digital publications. Or, have you found that digital editions of magazines didn’t live up to your expectations, and canceled your subscriptions?
If you are subscribing to digital magazines, we’d love to hear which ones you love in the comments below!
The web touches everyone’s lives today. It creates new opportunities, while at the same time disrupting old businesses. It’s affected publishers almost more than any other industry, taking print’s popularity as free web content became more popular.
Today, we’ve got an interview with a publisher of a new design magazine, Distance, about the ways he uses the web to get his magazine published and his thoughts on design. It’s different than our normal interviews with web app developers, so we hope you enjoy it!
This morning, I awoke to find an email from Distance, a new design-centric magazine I’d recently backed on Kickstarter. The first issue was ready for download, and seconds later I was flipping through the PDF on my iPad. Here’s a new magazine that started with an idea, was funded through Kickstarter, and weeks later was in my hands digitally.
The web’s fueled writing in all shapes and sizes: websites and blogs like this one, eBooks from Kindle and other eBook stores and libraries, and even digital magazines. From new digital versions of Wired or National Geographic on the iPad to brand new indie magazines like Hacker Monthly, Distance, or the WP Candy Quarterly, there’s digital magazines in all shapes and sizes. Some are more like apps than documents, while others come in DRM-free PDF and ePub formats so you can read them anywhere.
Magazines can sometimes seem like an archaic format in the day of blogs. However, there’s still something to be said for the high-quality content and formatting magazines offer, and many of us have spent pleasant afternoons browsing through magazines in years past. Would you consider buying a digital magazine today, or do you already buy them? What would make magazines still be relevant in 2012 to you?
The web has put traditional journalism into a tailspin, and newspapers of all sizes are scrambling to find a way to monetize their content. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more have created paywalls that require readers to pay to read all of their content each month, either online or in apps on various mobile platforms. Increasingly, though, publishers are turning to mobile apps as the only way to sell digital copies of their articles, cutting the web out of the equation.
Is this the future of digital media? Will we have to purchase specific devices to read the content we want? Or is there hope yet for monetized content on the internet?
In a world where news breaks every minute, some can find it hard to catch up on all the sources they want to follow. Good Noows is another app that takes your favorite feeds and organizes them into a special layout (although this time you get a choice of what layout!).
Good Noows is a personal news reader that pulls in your favorite news feeds to a layout of your choice. Some critics have touted the service as being a viable alternative to Google News whilst others say that Good Noows is a fresh face to your news.
Good Noows is a web app that can also be integrated into Chrome especially via the Chrome web store. But do you want to use it over the many other RSS readers available?