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Apple Magazine Publishing Templates?

Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 5:30 PM

In the news: Is Apple releasing a magazine publishing template for its iPad tablet?

According to some industry insiders, Apple may soon release Xcode, a magazine publishing template for the iPad. This template would help publishers to make the print-to-iPad transition a lot smoother and resolve some of the formatting issues that accompany transferring text and spreads from print to a tablet screen. It would standardize the iPad magazine publishing experience.

While the template release is little more than rumor at this point, it is an exciting prospect for magazine publishers who have struggled to turn their print editions into attractive iPad editions. The template would also, according to the Gadget Daily website, "facilitate in-app purchases for subscriptions and back issues." Read more.

Also notable:

The New York Times' Payment Model

The New York Times has finally unveiled its online payment system. On March 17, publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. published a letter announcing the change to the online pay structure. Non-subscribers can now read 20 articles on the website per month before being asked to subscribe. Smartphone and tablet app users can continue to read Top News stories for free. Read more.

Internet News Consumption Still on the Rise

Thanks to smartphones and tablets, Internet news consumption continues to explode. According to The Project for Excellence in Journalism, Internet news consumption increased 17 percent in 2010. The number of people using the Internet as the primary news source has also grown. Read more.

Meredith Corp. Magazines on the iPad

Three Meredith Corp. magazines (Parents, Fitness, and Better Homes and Gardens) are now available on the iPad. Prices range from $2.99 to $3.99 per issue. The publisher also plans to make these editions available to Android users. Ultimately, Meredith Corp. hopes to engage its female readers in the digital sphere and facilitate content delivery for busy, on-the-go subscribers. Read more.

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