Next Issue Media takes 39 tablet magazines to Apple’s iPad

by Doug Drinkwater

July 10 2012

The iPad app is free, but does require users to register with Next Issue Media
The iPad app is free, but does require users to register with Next Issue Media

Tablet publishing continues to grow on the news that Next Issue, the consortium made up of the five major magazine publishers Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp and Time Inc, is now selling its collection of tablet magazines via a new iPad app.

The company launched a similar offering for Android tablets (running Honeycomb or a later version of Android) back in April, with the firm’s 39 tablet magazines including well-regarded titles like Esquire, The New Yorker, TIME and Wired.

This latest announcement is certainly a further boost for the future of tablet-based magazines, but may also throw up some competition for Apple’s Newsstand.

And while Newsstand holds more magazines and newspapers, as well as lets users download the latest issues in the background while reading, Next Issue’s app has some sound tools of its own. There’s the ability to delete or keep older magazines, and users can also specify how many magazines their iPad can store at one time.

Magazine prices are typical of the market, with individual copies ranging from $2.49 to $5.99 per issue, and a flat-rate for monthly access to all the magazines starting from $9.99. This price gives readers monthly access to all 34 magazines, while $14.99 gives readers this as well as access to the five weekly magazines (Entertainment Weekly, People, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and TIME).

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