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  • Apple Planning "Digital Newsstand" for iPad


    Confirming what Michael Essany had reported Wednesday, there are new indications that Apple is serious about coming up with a way of getting newspaper and other periodical content to iPad users. According to a Bloomberg story, Apple is in negotiations with both newspaper and magazine publishers to developing what is being called a "digital newsstand" aimed at the iPad. The negotiations are said to be in the final stages and the newsstand could be up and running in a couple months, but the size of Apple's cut and control of user data are still contentious issues.

    The newsstand, which would be designed specifically for the iPad, would be similar to the iBookstore, and would be focused on subscriptions rather than the sale of individual issues of magazines or newspapers. Apple is working on ways to make it easier and cheaper for publishers to create high-quality digital versions of print publications, with value-added features like HD video and interactive media. Major publishers such as Conde Nast, Hearst and News Corp. are supposedly in negotiations with Apple, with Time Warner staying out of the plans for now. The parent company of Time and Sports Illustrated magazines is said to be keeping its distance because it doesn't want Apple to be a "middleman" between the publisher and subscribers.

    Publishers are in a bind, because subscriptions to their traditional print publications are falling and they want to get their titles onto the iPad. At the same time, they don't want to pay Apple what they consider exorbitant rates for access. A consultant hired by the publishers was interviewed by Bloomberg, and he says they are concerned that Apple will charge them 30% of sales, the same rate charged for music, games and other apps. The other main concern is that Apple, not the publishers, will have the names and addresses of subscribers. This is a problem that had also come up with Amazon selling subscriptions to print magazines. Ken Doctor, an analyst with Outsell Inc, remarked to Bloomberg that “the last thing these companies want is a new middleman.”

    If negotiations go well, the new digital newsstand could be up in a couple of months. Bloomberg quoted an unnamed source, though, as saying that Apple may wait until the second-generation iPad is unveiled next year to announce the service.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Planning "Digital Newsstand" for iPad started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      This actually looks really interesting, I could imagine this taking off.
      Or just fail like iBooks


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    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Let's get some realistic pricing for digital versions of everything and it has a shot. I do not buy any magazines or anything on my iPad as I can get a hardcopy subscription for pennies on the dollar compared to the digital prices.
    1. linkrz's Avatar
      linkrz -
      fail
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      newsstand without porn is no newsstand to me.
    1. gunnysir's Avatar
      gunnysir -
      Not sure why everybody is up about this, I get a ton of my magazines in subscription from Zinio every day. So what's the big deal. Apple is not the only company publishers could work with.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by gunnysir View Post
      Not sure why everybody is up about this, I get a ton of my magazines in subscription from Zinio every day. So what's the big deal. Apple is not the only company publishers could work with.
      Do you still have to be connected to the internet to read them or do they allow you to download and save them on your iPad?
    1. Nelly998's Avatar
      Nelly998 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      newsstand without porn is no newsstand to me.
      Magizine porn.... Psh who even has that nowadays...
      P.s. There is 1.1 million sites with free videos lol
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      What are they gonna called it? iNews
    1. gunnysir's Avatar
      gunnysir -
      Quote Originally Posted by paganizonda83 View Post
      Do you still have to be connected to the internet to read them or do they allow you to download and save them on your iPad?
      You can download and read offline with Zinio, on your Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone etc. I read National Geographic (which is awesome on the iPad), and many others. I know there are other platforms for magazines out there, this is the one I like the best.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nelly998 View Post
      Magizine porn.... Psh who even has that nowadays...
      P.s. There is 1.1 million sites with free videos lol
      No porn at all on iPad, so you are resorted to magazine porn if you want it to be portable.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by gunnysir View Post
      You can download and read offline with Zinio, on your Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone etc. I read National Geographic (which is awesome on the iPad), and many others. I know there are other platforms for magazines out there, this is the one I like the best.
      Hmm, I will definitely have to give it another look. When it first came out I didn't like it at all because you had to be online in order to access the magazines. Will certainly reinstall it now.