Next Issue generalizes tablet magazine stores
Next Issue Media has taken the next major step in its hopes of providing a publisher-neutral outlet by previewing its first native app. The Android title will provide a true native approach to reading magazines from Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, and Time. As with its existing strategy, the service is unique in having an optional, universal subscription: rather than paying by title, readers can pay $10 per month to get access to monthly magazines, or $15 for these plus weekly magazines like The New Yorker.
Time Inc serves all mags, most tablets by end 2011
Time Inc. pledged itself to tablets in a big way on Wednesday with plans to bring its entire magazine catalog to tablets. All 21 of its publications should be available in tablet form by the end of 2011. Every publication will be available on the iPad, on the HP TouchPad, as well as on Android tablets through Android Market and the Next Issue Media news hub.
Next Issue tablet mags due on Android first
A joint storefront from top publishers to sell tablet magazines, Next Issue, will launch on Android first and not the iPad, its CEO Morgan Guenther said today. While there weren't any technical obstacles to an iPad version of the store, Next Issue said it would go with an Android version first since it was a "very important tablet platform" and also important on phones. Support for Apple would come in time, he told AllThingsD, but only the Android version would be ready for the early 2011 launch.