Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
CNET, the website that talks tech (at shuddering length) has developed a new feature called - wait for it- "page turn".
This new feature allows users to, yes, turn the page of catalogues direct on the site.
Now if only Zinio had thought of that...
Friday, December 02, 2005
Its enough to put the industry into a spin...
In December, Grooves Magazine, which is now 6 years old, is going digital only. It is of course being driven by ever increasing print costs, but like many of the turntablists the magazine covers, its editor is spinning the move to both fans and advertisers as a positive.
They are offering full colour pages to advertisers at a fraction of the cost of print pages, and readers of course will get a nice shiny new digital magazine on their desktops, courtesy of Texterity.
Now where's my copy of Dark Side of The Moon....
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Thats what all the kids will be asking once they get their hands on a digital copy of lads mag Zoo, EMAP's leading mens weekly here in the UK.
Its packed with fun features, giveaways and....
Oh alright then, yes its got lots of naked girls....
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Got a prototype version of a new service - Exact Editions - today.
Nothing out of the ordinary ; a fairly standard PDF layout, zoom functions etc, but the pages loaded slowly and by the look of things this is just a beta version, so no clue yet as to the payment mechanism.
Monday, October 31, 2005
The doyenne of the British glamour press, Vogue magazine is teaming up with O2 to provide pages from the magazine straight to users mobile phones.
The initiative, which promises readers an "exclusive peak into the glamorous world of fashion", will form part of O2's new section, cunningly called "Style".
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
Much puff from Future USA on the launch of their new magazine Future Snowboarding.
To create a "groundbreaking digital magazine", they have used Magwerks' technology, which I wouldn't have predicted.
What I would have predicted (had they asked) is that it wouldn't work.
Which it doesn't.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
CMP owned Information Week is claiming that it will add 60,000 digital subscribers to its ratebase.
The more cynical observer might think this has something to do with a falling print base. Perish the thought.
Interestingly, they have opted for Olive Software's XML platform, due to its capacity for animating both editorial and advertising content.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
There's a new kid on the block - Accent Magazine. Targetted at college students, it claims to be a better alternative than existing print news magazines.
We shall see.
The premiere issue is downloadable as a Flash file - some 20mB, so you may need to be patient.
While this in itself is worthy of celebration, the content is a good introduction to the benefits of "going digital" and although its skewed toward the BtoB market, there are a load of applications there for consumer publishers as well.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Monday, September 19, 2005
Seems the war for foreign language readers on digital platforms is hotting up. This week, both Texterity and Zinio announced initiatives designed to attract overseas readers to their respective newsstands.
Zinio have cobbled together a "global network", encompassing titles from Spain, France, Sweden and a number of other countries. Meanwhile, Texterity yesterday announced that it will roll out what it is calling the first Spanish language interface for digital magazines.
The interface, designed to allow readers to “browse, navigate, save and search” Spanish magazines in the same language they are published, launches with a pair of b-to-b publishers—Stagnito Communications’ Industria Alimentcia and Watt Publishing’s Industria Avicola—and Meredith’s recently-launched Siempre Mujer getting the full-on digital treatment.
Let battle commence.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Future have copied the idea they tried first in 2003 to create a "pioneering new digital version" (sic) of Online Gambler.
No doubt in response to Dennis Publishing activity (with their Total Gambler product), the interactive version will be available to, and ignored by, readers of over a million other Future magazines, via CD and DVD covermounts.
Strikes me the only gamble being taken here is by advertisers pouring more and more money chasing ever more elusive players...
It may also have a good deal to do with Playboy missing its ratebase last month and dropping ad pages.
Must stop now, my wrist is getting tired........
Friday, August 19, 2005
Regular readers of this site (you know who you are) will know my fascination with the Q Mags site and its collection of industry ephemera.
The latest titles to join the list are Desktop Engineering, Embedded Systems and the improbably named Policy Today, which thinks that "principled decision making lies at the heart of republican democracy."
Hmm. One for Mr Bush's desktop methinks
Monday, August 01, 2005
Looks like the floodgates have opened. Zinio have agonised over the placement of er "specialist" men's titles on their site for some while, so its interesting to note that there are now over 15 titles in this sector, with adult content much to the fore.
Indeed, Playboy's Lingerie Special is now number one in terms of sales, compared with a year ago, when it was PC Magazine.
Hope those Tablet PC's are wipeable.
O'Reilly's excellent Make Magazine have an excellent digital version. You need to be a subscriber to get the full version, but you can still download some samples as a PDF.
The make blog attracts around 100,000 page views a day ; which is by my calculation around 100,000 more than this blog.
Friday, July 01, 2005
Key facts from the survey, grandly entitled "The Digital Publishing Report" include -
- 33.7% growth in number of titles
- 25.9% growth in circulation
- 38.4% growth in deliveries
Consumer publications have higher average digital circulation, though more business publications have gone digital.
Use of rich media in digital publications grew 188% from Q1 2004 to Q1 2005, based on the report.
Digital providers control the lion's share of digital magazine distribution. 85.6% of all digital circulation was executed with a digital provider rather than by the publisher using PDF.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Alternatives will be targetting the B to B sector and have announced that they have already digitised BRAD, the bible of magazines, newspapers and periodicals.
What a service to humanity.
Friday, June 10, 2005
This special issue covers the world’s top 100 technology companies. The digital version of the magazine is intended to showcase multimedia audio and video, including interactive executions of both rich editorial and advertising.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Friday, May 13, 2005
In English that means that Texterity agree to either a refund or that they will continue to work with the publisher free of charge to achieve success.
Of course there are caveats - the offer only applies to BtoB publications - but I think this is a good move. Texterity should be applauded for trying to kick start the market and it will be interesting to see how the other vendors respond.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Like er Revolution for instance.
Monday, May 09, 2005
Friday, April 29, 2005
Good news you might think ; but no, this is yet another example of publishers reaching for the digital opportunity as a last resort. Evidently the New York based publisher is in "hiatus" following a disastrous debut on the newsstand, so naturally enough they are looking to a digital version to give them a more sensible cost base and a wider readership.
Which of course begs the question - why didn't they do this in the first place ?
Monday, April 25, 2005
Having tried (unsuccessfully) to woo readers with a downloadable magazine on Zinio for 99p, they are now evidently changing tack and going for an online product with yet another propietary system.
Have these people never heard of open source ?
Monday, April 04, 2005
According to sources, in the early days of dealing with Zinio in the US, you had to basically get on a plane at your own expense and then present yourself at their offices if you wanted to use the system - the ultimate in self referral.
Now, having puffed the launch of a UK office, it appears that they are using a third party to approach smaller publishers.
Which is particularly ironic considering that their agents appear to have handled no one smaller than Associated Newspapers.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
The project is imaginatively titled "Click4More" and is rumoured to be helmed by the former editor of .net, Paul Douglas.
Expect a design rich, content lite execution..
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
However, I'm delighted to say that the new version speeds up page viewing considerably, and although the shiny new toolbar is triumph of design over function, it is much more uer firendly.
Now all we need is some decent content..
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Monday, February 21, 2005
Advanstar has had a working relationship with NXTBook since 2002, using its digital technology to help promote Advanstar’s trade shows.
The ones that haven't closed that is...................
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Pity other people aren't so bold.
Yes Dennis, I am talking to you.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Current owner and managing director, Catherine Comerford, the great grand-daughter of the co-founder, said "2005 will see the launch of the complete back issues of The Stage in digital format, making it available to everyone, wherever they live".
Friday, January 21, 2005
Well if there wasn't any speculation before, I've just started it.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Friday, January 14, 2005
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
The board ruled that "publishers have the option of reporting e-mail alerts that a digital version has been delivered to the subscriber’s computer, actual downloads of the digital file by the subscriber or both." Those who report downloaded copies must do so throughout the report.
This rule change provides greater visibility for downloaded information.
A second rule change is that reporting nonqualified digital copies is "expressly disallowed."
Tough stuff. Wonder who they could be aiming at ?
Sunday, January 02, 2005
The publisher promises that advertisers will be able to receive direct feedback from their advertising via print ads which are multi-linked to advertisers' Web sites.
The magazine's digital subs will total 20,000 to start, pushing total distribution to over 50,000.
Well that's the first resolution of the new year broken at Adventure Sports then - no bullshitting indeed.