Despite early hype, the tablet revolution has yet to resuscitate the magazine industry. But with these six apps, we’re starting to see progress in turning longform writing into immersive, digitally native content. Could this be the beginning of a glossy renaissance?
In a move that'll help some digital magazine publishers and possibly streaming content providers, Apple has adjusted the terms and conditions for its subscriptions service. But how much help will it provide the struggling industry?
In publishing, there's a lot to be said for making images big. (You may have noticed we subscribe to that philosophy around here.) But no matter how big and beautiful a digital image gets, it's still just an evanescent group of pixels. As designer Tom Crabtree tells Co.Design, "as we consume more and more visual culture online, we’re certainly discovering what’s out there, but not experiencing it in a physical or permanent way."
The iPad is a natural device for magazine content—it may be the future of the genre, in many ways. But successes have been few and far between so far, so Apple may be trying to help digital magazines by building in a template to its code.