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New Yorker: pay-once digital subs, no censoring for Apple

updated 06:00 pm EDT, Tue May 25, 2010

New Yorker hopes for unified iPad and Kindle fee

New Yorker editor David Remnick has claimed that his magazine will soon have a single-fee digital subscription. He was concerned about the cost of maintaining a subscription across multiple devices and was determined that customers would only have to pay once for the same subscription across the iPad, Kindle and other devices for a single rate. Remnick didn't have a technical solution but expected it to happen "fairly soon" and to involve a fee merging both the digital and print subscriptions into one rate.

"We're going to have a situation where if you pay us X dollars, you can have us in any form you like," he said in front of AdAge at a Conde Nast-organized discussion panel.

A unified system would prove difficult due to the differences between how each handles subscriptions. The Kindle has a full subscription system but can't account for a subscription being valid on other platforms outside of other Kindle apps. The iPad can handle subscriptions in a native app but, without an account system that could be shared with not only the Kindle but other devices, would be isolated on its own.

Regardless of content, Remnick set himself up for a potential conflict with Apple has he vowed never to censor the New Yorker as long as it remains a native app. Apple has created controversy by requiring censorship of sexuality and ridiculing political material in all iPhone and iPad apps, even when the content follows different social standards or could reach the iBookstore without the same restrictions.

"We're going to publish what we're going to publish," he stressed. "If the Pentagon isn't going to talk me out of a story, then Apple in Cupertino isn't going to either. If they throw me off, they throw me off."

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm sure the New Yorker is going to be the publication to push the boundaries of the App Store approval process. It's such a smutty magazine, after all. Nothing like a simple strawman to bait media coverage.

    Also, I'll just point out that this writing is especially terrible, even by MacNN standards (though it's futile, as these staff editors never read these comments):
    "Regardless of content, Remnick set himself up for a potential conflict with Apple has he vowed never to censor the New Yorker as long as it remains a native app."

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    WiseWeasel obviously

    has not read the New Yorker in about 20 years.

  1. Mojo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    WiseWeasel Obviously...

    ... is just another holier-than thou ignorant tea-bagger.

    Ignore him/her.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    .... Tea-bagger, like all iFans.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't try to use sarcasm

    the peanut gallery doesn't pick up on sarcasm and takes almost everything literally.

    The New Yorker most definitely engages in the type of political ridicule you would expect of a magazine that has as its subject matter, topics of current interest.

    I doubt the New Yorker will get axed by Apple, but Apple has definitely booted other satirists in the past.

    Frankly there is no particular standard, other than if you are big enough, Apple will probably extent you the courtesy of a little leeway.

  1. Lifeisabeach

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple needs to tread carefully here...

    While I would have to side with Apple wanting to keep certain publications (i.e. Penthouse and the like) out of their store, much like most any mass retailer does now, they need to be ready to stand by those publications that they do let in. Nothing will tick off subscribers more than not getting everything they paid for. Apple doesn't censor individual music track offerings, so they certainly shouldn't be censoring magazine content.

  1. efithian

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New Yorker Content

    I have been a print subscriber to the New Yorker for the past 30 years. On some occasions, the New Yorker puts in terms like f***, c**t, and c**ks**ker. It always seemed appropriate to me and added to the information in the article. Let's hope that this doesn't upset Steve too much. The New Yorker could publish a book every week at a cost of 1/52 of the annual subscription with an auto download (?) to avoid censorship. Whatever they do, the p*** publications will be watching.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "We're going to have a situation where if you pay us X dollars, you can have us in any form you like,"

    That is the kind of obvious and stellar customer focused planning that could lead to a better informed nation! Therefore, it is doomed to fail. ;)

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