Meredith Corporation is bringing three of its most popular magazines -- Parents, Fitness and the venerable Better Homes and Gardens -- to the iPad, complete with additional content and interactivity. Currently available as single-issue sales, the digital editions cost the same as newsstand editions ($3 for Parents or Fitness, $4 for BH&G). The company has hinted that it may offer subscriptions on the iPad via a third party such as Zinio rather than use Apple's subscription model.
Meredith also plans to offer the magazines on Android tablets, again using a third-party (Next Issue Media). Apart from the new titles announced today, the company offers Family Circle and More magazines through Barnes and Noble's NookColor e-reader. They plan to roll out additional titles on all platforms periodically.
All three magazines will be available monthly and feature supplemental, interactive and additional content, including behind-the-scenes videos beyond photo shoots with designer showcases, shopping and cooking demos; workout videos; product recommendations accessible via "hot spots," and Parents magazine will be offering a Parents Playroom with games, DVD and calendar listings, child-focused craft videos and other features, such as an age-by-age article guide rather than a traditional table of contents.
All three titles are available through the iTunes App Store now.