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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Gamerzines launch multi language magazine

Gamerzines, who offer free digital games magazines, have launched what they claim is a world first.
The first issue of Konami Fanzine, covering Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is available for free, immediate download in English, German, French and Italian.
The magazine is produced in PDF format, so readers simply require Adobe Reader 8 on Windows, as with the other GamerZines. As well as being multi-lingual, each page is enhanced with video, animated materials, interactive content and it also includes an interactive competition with the chance to win an Xbox 360 console. It introduces all the new features of Pro Evolution Soccer 8, showcases the games graphics and includes an interview with the face of PES 2008, Ronaldo himself.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What a Lovely magazine

Just stumbled across this little gem of a magazine - Lovely. Its a women's magazine, along the lines of VIV, and of course the whole site is done in Flash (making it tricky for search), but visually its stunning and even better - its FREE!!

It covers fashion and beauty and I think could be described as the Laura Ashley of magazines.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

iPhone / iPod touch Digital Magazine Demo

This is Texterity's take on the whole "Magazines on iPhones" angle.

Nice usability features but doomed to failure in the UK thanks to our (current) availability of wifi

Friday, November 23, 2007

Zinio launches iPhone newsstand

Digital magazine specialist Zinio is offering iPhone and iTouch users their top selling titles to download for free. They have also launched a mobile newsstand, from which the users of Apple's gorgeous new products can get their magazines.

The Zinio reader will allow users to flip through pages as per the full PC version.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Kindle (no) surprise

And here it is... Amazon's new kindle portable ebook reader.
Utilizing a new high-resolution display technology called electronic paper, Kindle provides a crisp black-and-white screen that resembles the appearance and readability of printed paper. The screen works using ink, just like books and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. It reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, eliminating the glare associated with other electronic displays. As a result, Kindle can be read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room.The screen never gets hot so you can comfortably read as long as you like.

James Patterson, author of You've Been Warned, says, "The screen is fabulous. You would expect that, with a screen, there would be a glare, it would be hard to read but it's not. There’s no glare. It's not backlit, which is kind of magical. I think people are going to be very, very surprised and delighted. This is a lot easier to read than a lot of books are these days."

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, added"I'm telling you, after five minutes I've ceased to think I'm looking at a screen. It's not like reading a computer screen. It's more like reading a piece of paper. I think it's actually clearer, easier on the eye than the printed word."
And the final word goes to sci-fi author Neil Gaiman, author of Stardust, "It's like paper and it’s very interesting. It’s very, very crisp. Very functional. Very readable."

I'm buying one next week so we'll see..

Monday, November 19, 2007

Amazon set to unveil EBook Reader

The Wall Street Journal says that Amazon is set to unveil its long awaited e book reader today in New York.

Industry speculation about the new Amazon device, reportedly named "Kindle," has occurred for the past year. Amazon has been preparing its digital book store for the launch of the new device by making inactive links to electronic books called "Kindle" editions available on the product pages of various books.

The Kindle device will connect users to Amazon's e-book store through a built-in Wi-Fi connection, and will likely retail for $399, according to reports.

It's not clear yet if/when this reader will be available in the UK.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Pay what you want, what you really really want

Inspired by the rock group Radiohead's idea of inviting fans to pay what they think they can - or indeed want to - for their latest realease, a US magazine has boldly followed suit.
Paste magazine, which covers the indie music scene, is offering readers the chance to "Price It Yourself" on their subscriptions.
“We were curious to know what our customers thought we were worth. And what better way to find out, than to let them tell us?” explained Paste President/Publisher Tim Regan-Porter. “While it’s certainly a bit unconventional, we also see it as a chance to get our product in the hands of people who could become lifelong fans. It’s been our experience that once people become familiar with Paste, they turn into loyal readers.”
To ensure this move doesn't result in a Hoover-type promotional disaster, Paste have set a minimum price of $1 a subscription and interestingly have incentivised readers to pay more than the standard price of $20 by homouring anyone who does in print.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

There's no place for House & Garden

Sign of the times - Conde Nast has closed the 106 year old House and Garden magazine in the USA.

Here's the release -

House & Garden magazine will cease publication with its December issue, it was announced today by Charles H. Townsend, President & CEO of Condé Nast Publications. The website,, will also be shut down.
"House & Garden has a long and venerable history within Condé Nast," Mr. Townsend said. "This has been a difficult decision to come to but we feel it is one that must be made at this time. I would like to thank Dominique Browning and the entire staff for their award-winning efforts throughout the years. House and Garden's intelligent and graceful editorial attracted a loyal readership. We were proud to publish it.
"With the unexpected departure of the publisher of the magazine, we decided to take a serious look and re-evaluate the title," Mr. Townsend said. "Our investment in House & Garden throughout the years has been substantial and we no longer believe it is a viable business investment for the company."
Condé Nast will continue to be a leading publisher in the home and lifestyle category with magazines including Architectural Digest, Domino, and Vogue Living (which will increase its frequency in 2008).

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Turning the ebook page (again)

Chris Morrison at Business 2.0 has the latest spin on the (hardly inexolerable) rise of the EBook..

Back in 2000, the handheld electronic book was thought to be as much a part of the future as MP3s, broadband video, and ad-supported websites. That year, Forrester Research predicted $251 million in sales of e-book content by 2005. It seemed a modest goal, but today the market is so small that Forrester doesn't even track it. Held back by a lack of available titles and stifling copy protection, the e-book reader gathered dust while other dotcom-era innovations flourished.
But one part of the stalled e-book industry could yet surprise us: electronic paper. At the forefront of the technology is E-Ink, a company spun off from MIT in 1997. E-Ink's thin film display functions as a screen and looks much more natural than its LCD counterparts. Instead of using standard pixels, e-paper contains millions of microcapsules that change color when an electric charge is sent through them - mimicking the look of real ink on real paper, without any backlight to hurt your eyes. The power required is negligible.
Right now e-paper is still married to bulky devices like the Sony Reader and the Motorola MotoFone, which use e-paper in their displays. But in the next three years, according to E-Ink, e-paper will become untethered. E-Ink customers like Samsung and LG Philips have already created 14-inch color displays nearly as thin as a piece of paper.
E-paper's success, says Lawrence Gasman, principal analyst at tech research firm NanoMarkets, "depends not so much on the technology as on designers coming up with cool stuff." In 2008, for example, U.K.-based Polymer Vision will launch the Readius, a mobile device with a flexible 5-inch e-paper display that unfurls like a scroll.
By 2010, look for stand-alone e-paper that plugs into your laptop to update its content. Eventually e-paper could display video and contain tiny Wi-Fi chips to update itself on the go. (E-Ink has demonstrated paper with limited Internet connectivity.)
If that makes you think of the moving, self-updating newspaper featured in the movie Minority Report, you're on the right track, says Kenneth Bronfin, president of interactive media for Hearst and chairman of E-Ink's board of directors. "The dollar you pay for your newspaper doesn't even pay the printing costs," he says. "If there was a device that newspapers could give consumers to eliminate the printing cost, the economics could really work." Sign up for a two-year subscription to an e-paper, he suggests, and you might get the device for free. E-Ink's profit in such a venture would be more than paper-thin.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Lets party like its, er 2009

Russell Wilcox, CEO of E Ink in the US, has made some predictions about when technology will mean we can view magazines in an "e paper" format.

Interviewed by BtoB Magazine, Wilcox noted that :

"Currently, you can see e-paper being used in trade paperbacks. It’s a small portion of the retail world, like the Internet was at first. There’s speculation that Amazon will come out with a device. By next year there will be more than 10 companies selling electronic book readers. All of these are monochrome and around six inches wide. Next year you’ll also see bigger sizes, like eight-inch and 10-inch screen sizes, and by 2009 you’ll see 11- and 12-inch screen sizes. As they get bigger and bigger, they get to be a more and more appropriate way for magazine publishers to publish. The order for us is books, newspapers, magazines. Once we get beautiful color and images, we’ll go into the magazine world. That’ll be a year or two."


Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Lost in translation?

Exact Editions, who produce The Spectator, Prospect Magazine and others here in the UK, are venturing into continental Europe with the launch of a French operation.

The first magazine to be "digitized" in France is Le Monde diplomatique, the monthly spin off from respected French daily Le Monde.

Exact say this will be the first of a number of new products on their french store so we'll keep you abreast of developments.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Let's party like its (still) 1999

Its like deja vu at the moment.

Microsoft's Table (now known as Surface) computers were demoed on the ITV News last night - roughly 4 years after they first emerged at Comdex in the US.

Now the latest ebooks article has hit the national newspapers, with the Telegraph's Daniel Lee submitting the by now obligatory think piece on "We could soon be able to read all our books electronically".

If only. Read the whole article here

Friday, September 28, 2007

Europe's first digital newsstand launches

Billed as "My Mag, My Way", Dublin-based mymagonline has launched what it claims to be Europe’s first digital newsagent, providing 24-hour access to leading magazine publications.

Interestingly, this has been produced in conjunction with the Irish PPA; would that our own association were so bold.
Typically, the CEO, Barry Baker, has made some bold claims for the service - promising that it will become the "iTunes for magazines" - which currently don't really stack up. Load time is slow, there are a number of spelling mistakes on the site, and when I used the shopping cart it had a few er "teething problems".
Nonetheless, this is an interesting experiment on which I'll make three immediate observations...
(i) They are using a simple PDF format, which although getting round the Zinio problem (of requiring a proprietary reader), does throw up all sorts of copyright issues, and let's face it, is simply a replication of the print magazine. And as we all know from our digital reading, print versions don't make the most of interactive formats.
(ii) The success of a product like this is reliant on volume of sales, on which the merchant can take a commission. The product base is currently 15 titles so they will need high demand to make this fly.
(iii) Zinio have made more money off digital sales of adult titles in recent months than anything else. How would a model like that work in what is still a very Catholic country ?
Anyway, fascinating stuff, as they are expanding into the UK later this year, so we'll keep an eye on how they are doing.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

The CountryFile

The BBC's latest show spinoff, Countryfile Magazine, is launching. Helmed by my erstwhile colleague Mr Cavan Scott, its very much a magazine for the new generation, despite its conservative country roots.
It has a podcast and an 8 page digital sampler, which you can find here.
Best of luck Cav !!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Punk? Meet Posh

A new ezine targetting Londoners has launched, entitled Punk Meets Posh.

Its an art magazine first and foremost, with an accent on photography. By the looks of things, its still in early stages of development, as the page turning (from the foot of the page) is hidden on certain browsers, and the text needs to open in a new window.

Again, its aiming for a high circulation figure - 200,000 copies, so it'll be interesting to see how it approaches garnering a readership just 40,000 less than Monkey.

Friday, August 24, 2007

New digital magazine for footie

A company in Manchester is launching a new free digital magazine targeted at football fans next month.Entitled "Catflap", it will debut on 11 September, with David Beckham as its firstcover star, and will carry the tagline: "It's not about cats, it's about football".


Even odder is the opinion of its publisher that it should achieve 100,000 downloads in just four months, which I think is a tad optimistic.My advice ? Try some SEO boys, as you can't find any reference to it on Google

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Jellyfish all washed up

In a surprising move, NatMags has axed its teen girl digital magazine experiment called Jellyfish. The project, which lasted just 20 weeks ( the average life expectancy of a Box Jellyfish ironically) was, according to Duncan Edwards "...extremely valuable but we could not see a sustainable business model emerging. We have learnt a great deal about digital and email marketing, which will prove to be useful for our core business."
Which of course means that they couldn't get any ad support. The decision to close the title will likely surprise many, who have touted the online teen market as one of the major growth areas of digital media. However, the company had decided to refocus Jellyfish at an older age group of 18-to 25-year-olds and said it was still in a test period that was slated to run until September.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Lets go Outside...

Outside magazine has launched its digital edition using the Zinio publishing and distribution platform. Outside's Go, a travel and style magazine aimed exclusively at active, affluent men, will launch using Zinio in September.

Friday, July 27, 2007

IWeek for IPhone

IndustryWeek has partnered with digital publisher Texterity Inc. to launch a beta version of the first digital magazine interface and portal designed for the Apple iPhone.

As part of the demonstration, publishers have made free digital editions available to any iPhone user. Publishers are joining the beta test for the opportunity to reach a new audience and offer cross-platform convenience.
"Cross-platform, digital magazine delivery and mobile access are key elements of our audience marketing strategies for all of our more than 110 leading trade magazines," said Blair Johnson, Vice President, Business Development, Penton Media. "We're extremely pleased that IndustryWeek will be among the first publications available to users of Apple's advanced iPhone platform, through this release of Texterity's new reader."

Have a look at

Sunday, July 22, 2007

River and GNC make men more Healthy

River Publishing, the customer publishing firm have launched a digital version of their Healthy for Men magazine, which is produced on behalf of GNC and Holland and Barrett.

The magazine is bi monthly and has a huge print run - over 200,000 an issue, so its obviously an advantage to GNC in print savings alone.

Like their Honda project, they are using an in house digital solution and are marketing it off in house databases and viral marketing.

Well worth a look.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Japanese teenagers need to mind their digital manners

A new plague of "digital shoplifting" is evidently sweeping Japan.

Many young girls are taking camera phone picture of a new hairstyle or a new dress they might spot while browsing a magazine in a shop. They then send the picture to all their friends and comment on it. The publishers of those magazines feel they are being cheated out of valuable sales and have issued posters which warn shoppers to be careful of their "magazine manners".

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Digital fashion magazine from EMAP

According to today's Brand Republic, troubled media company EMAP is to launch a fashion product in the hopes of boosting its ailing consumer division.

Emap is remaining tight-lipped about the nature of the project, but according to Media Week it will involve consumer and business-to-business aspects and build on its existing fashion portfolio, which includes weekly women's title Grazia; WGSN, the online research, trend analysis and news service for the fashion and online industries; and Drapers, the fashion trade title.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

For The People

There's a great article on Time's digital magazine plans on Advertising Age.

In particular, it looks at the attempts by Time Inc, to switch readers of its flagship People Magazine onto a digital format. They are producing a unique issue called "Best Summer Ever".

Interestingly, there is overt blue chip advertiser support - Unilever, which has nine ad pages in "Best Summer Ever" and is its exclusive sponsor, got involved for the experience. "Is it a risk?" asked Irene Grieco, the Unilever senior U.S. lead print manager. "It might be. But we've always challenged our partners to come to us with new and innovative and unique opportunities."

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Digital Magazines go Hollywood!

The Hollywood Reporter this week introduced The Hollywood Reporter, Digital Edition, an electronic replica of its daily publication.

In addition to English the e-magazine is available in 12 languages, including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. “The global entertainment economy is a $54 billion market with a significant portion of that coming from outside the U.S. and with a need for news, data and analysis,” said Eric Mika, senior VP-publishing director at The Hollywood Reporter, in a news release.

Interestingly, the Reporter has used digital subscriptions to raise the base price of its print offering, thus gaining subscribers and margin at the same time.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

NatMags floats Jellyfish

NatMags have now uploaded the first issue of Jellyfish Magazine, a digital ezine aimed at teen girls. Naturally enough, its is heavily "celeb" orientated (if Danielle Lloyd can legitimately be termed a celebrity that is) with a healthy dose of music - including download samples - fashion, TV, gossip and of course boys.

Like Monkey, its is based on the Ceros system, with lots of video, audio content and web links. Among the things I liked were the "click to rotate" feature on the shopping pages, and the fact that it links directly to a number of social media sites like Bebo and MySpace. Additionally, the magazine has marketed itself by producing behind the scenes videos for YouTube.

Only problem is the advertising - on which this publication will stand or fall. Only Garnier have supported the launch issue, and for the magazine to gain any traction, they will need more support from big name brands.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Texterity survey shows decline in print

About 44% of digital readers have decreased their use of print in the last year, according to a survey by Texterity, which produces digital publications. The BPA Worldwide-certified digital magazine reader survey was distributed online and generated about 12,000 responses. The survey found that 89% of respondents read the digital edition the same week they receive it while 42% read it immediately. It also found that 44% of digital readers have decreased their use of print in the last year.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Why digital magazines are bollocks

Now I’m never one to pick an argument…

Particularly not with someone who normally talks a good deal of sense; in this case Peter Kirwan and the excellent Fullrunner.

In the latest edition, Pete leaps to the defence of one of Future’s chief executives, Stevie Spring. At a recent magazine conference Ms Spring attacked Dennis Publishing for “talking bollocks” about digital magazines – and in particular Monkey.

Of course, this would have nothing to do with the paucity of Future’s own digital offerings – so far behind the curve they make Tom Moloney look like Bill Gates – or the fact that Sony chose Dennis ahead of Future to mail a million Playstation 3 promotional “digimags” to their database.

No, evidently she’s piqued at Felix Dennis and his ability to make a magazine “out of not very much”.

I’m intrigued. What would Ms Spring provide advertisers and readers instead?

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The path to surfing goes green

The Surfer’s Path, the first truly ‘green’ surfing magazine, today launched a digital web edition of its magazine using the Exact Editions platform for delivery. This is the first time the full contents and some of the back issues have been made available online.

The current issue and archive are obtainable for subscribers to browse and search online.They are replicas of the print edition. A trial issue of the magazine in the Exact Editions service is available for testing and free reading from the site at

Sunday, April 22, 2007

BLU for you

Another recent recruit to the growing "Web first Print later" fraternity is BLU Magazine, which launched in the US last month.

Its mission statement reads as follows -

Blu is the social, fashion and lifestyles sourcebook for the United States’ most discriminating single adults. Male and female single, confident, professional, affluent adults aged 30 years and older are the most underserved demographic in the consumer magazine community. Through utilization of a sophisticated, sleek format and sharp editorialization and reporting, Blu satisfies the intellectual side of educated, professional adults, while also catering to the whimsical, spontaneous personalities typical of unmarried affluents.

Er.... whatever that means. All I can say is that if you are thinking of launching on the Internet first then make sure that you design for the web rather than the page. BLU is full of text, reversed out and otherwise, and too many pictures are hard to read.

Must try harder...

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Take a Load off

A new magazine (well for me anyway) out for the PSP and PC. Load Magazine covers film, music and games and best of all, is completely free to download.

Monday, April 09, 2007

E-Paper edging toward reality

Have a look at this report from Reuters which talks about the way that electronic paper is gathering hold in the R&D departments of several major tech manufacturers.

Monday, April 02, 2007

BBC Magazines goes digital with music mag

BBC Magazines Bristol is to launch its first digital magazine in a one-off promotion for the BBC Music Magazine Awards.

The specialist publisher is to mail a free 16-page digital magazine showcasing this year's winners of the annual awards, featuring video footage of performances and acceptance speeches from the event and streamed recordings of nominated artists. The editor's letter will appear as a video message.

The magazine will also offer links to, where readers will be able to buy the featured discs.

BBC Worldwide already publishes a digital version of Top Of The Pops with Zinio, but the one off will be published on the Ceros platform, which already hosts Dennis and IPC products

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Gamerzines launch PS3Zine

Cranberry Publishing have just launched the latest in their excellent series of free games magazines - PS3zine. Each issue will contain games reviews, previews and of course lots of interactive elements.
They are fantastic products - being free - and in a demo less world, why pay £6 for a print version when everything you want is free ?
A measure of their popularity is that they have over 50,000 subscribers signed up to their existing products, so they have obviously tapped a vein with gaming consumers.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Sony teams with Dennis for PS3 promo

Sony is promoting the launch of its PlayStation 3 console by sending a bespoke digital magazine to more than 1 million of its target consumers.

Sony's media agency, Manning Gottlieb OMD, has teamed up with Dennis Publishing to produce a Formula One Championship Edition e-zine on the Ceros platform used to produce Dennis' digital men's magazine Monkey.

The 12-page e-zine contains 360 degree views of the Playstation 3, links to additional Formula One content, behind the scenes footage and video clips of the game.

Interestingly, Sony are not doing this through the publishers of the Official Playstation Magazine, Future PLC.

Missed opportunity there chaps.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

New digital magazine course

I'm running a new course for the PPA designed for anyone interested in implementing digital magazines.

Lots of interesting stuff and hopefully the sign of growing interest

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Contract magazines go digital

River Publishing have launched a digital magazine version of their Honda contract magazine, Dream.

The online edition, hosted at, is sent to Honda's email database.
As well as replicating the edition, the Flash-based format also hosts videos and enables users to book test drives. Future issues of the electronic magazine will use bespoke content filmed by River's new digital division.

The department recently launched electronic projects for American Golf and Co-op Travel Group plans to roll out digital magazines for more of River's clients.
Advertisers will be encouraged to supply rich media copy, including Flash animation and TV adverts, to fit into the magazine's look and feel and encourage better response.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Hearst to test download products

Hearst Corporation, the magazines to radio US giant, has announced plans to test a downloadable version of its Seattle Post- Intelligencer newspaper. Unsurprisingly, (given the newspapers location) it has chosen to use Microsoft software for the pilot project.
Once the content is received, readers can view the material without being connected to the Web, Hearst said it may use the software to provide downloads of its other newspapers and magazines. It claims that the download will "take no more than two minutes".
Earlier this month, Hearst announced a partnership with Verizon Wireless to provide a mobile version of its "Jusr Seventeen" magazine for wireless subscribers.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Hello, Hello

Hello Magazine has opted for Zinio as its digital publisher and has announced that the new version will be available online as soon as the weekly magazine is published in print. This version is searchable, saveable and can be bought by the issue or through an annual subscription.
How quickly will OK! follow suit ?

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Its a World of Property

Outbound Publishing's flagship title "World of Property", has launched a digital version, using parent company Johnston Press proprietary reader.

Called ePaper, the reader is obviously optimized for newspaper print rather than glossy magazines, and hence the effect is somewhat grainy and hard to read. I also found the zoom in and out feature clumsy and some of the links were dead.
More work needed.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Sony gets emagazine from Dennis

Sony is rolling out an email marketing campaign in conjunction with Dennis Publishing as part of a wider push for its Sony Vaio laptop.

The campaign centres around a digital magazine which has been created for the purpose of promoting the Sony Vaio laptop to 400,000 readers on Dennis Publishing's subscription database.

The digital magazine includes voxpops, demos, an interview with David Weeks, the UK marketing manager for Windows Vista, and editorial content from PC Pro magazine.

No monkeying around with Dennis

Against the trend of men's lifestyle print magazines, digital men's magazine Monkey, the first of its kind, recorded a debut audit of 209,612 for January, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations Electronic figures released today.

The results for Monkey, launched in November by Dennis Publishing, are not directly comparable to the measurement for print editions. Dennis Publishing said the ABCe result was twice its original target of 100,000 and meant the magazine had a rapidly growing audience of 18- to 30-year-old males.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Project Celia is just for girls..

NatMags is to become the second magazine publisher to produce a stand-alone digital magazine with the launch of a weekly fashion and entertainment e-zine for teenage girls, developed under the name Project Celia.

The as-yet unnamed magazine, which could adopt CosmoGirl! branding, will launch by the end of March.The publisher has teamed up with Ceros, the software company behind Dennis’ digital men’s magazine Monkey, to produce the magazine, which is currently in test phase.

Each issue will run to at least 35 pages and will target 13 to 19-year-old girls with fashion, music, film and TV content with a humorous tone, rounding up content from websites such as YouTube and inviting readers to send in clips.As with Monkey, it will be e-mailed for free each week and will have a variety of rich media ad formats, including display ads with embedded content, advertorials, sponsorships and bumper ads that bookend video clips.

Cosmo Girl! will be one of several teen magazines posting a drop in the latest ABC figures, out this week, and the new format aims to extend NatMags’ reach among an audience that spends increasingly more time online.Jan Adcock, Cosmopolitan and Cosmo Girl! group publishing director, said it would sit alongside the print and web editions of Cosmo Girl! to offer a variety of ways to reach teenage girls.

“Teenagers are restricted by their parents to how much time they can spend online each week, so we want to offer them a filter of the best of the web,” said Adcock.Celia Duncan, editor of Cosmo Girl!, is developing the project, which will have a seven-strong editorial team. An acting editor for Cosmo Girl! is being sought.A publisher for Cosmo Girl!, and Project Celia is also being recruited to replace Di Roach, who left at the end of last year to study for an MBA. will relaunch at the end of this month.

Zinio to be acquired by equity company

INVESTMENT COMPANY GILVEST LP HAS acquired electronic publisher Zinio Systems, the companies will announce today. Financial terms aren't disclosed; Richard Maggiotto, CEO and president of Zinio, will continue to head the company.
Zinio, which offers a downloadable electronic reader, currently distributes more than 1,200 digital magazine titles, including TV Guide, Men's Health, Black Enterprise and Penthouse.
Maggiotto said that later this year, Zinio intends to roll out a new version of its downloadable electronic reader as well as a browser-based reader. The new product will make content "much more accessible and much more discoverable" by consumers, he said. For instance, with the upcoming reader, consumers will more easily be able to preview magazines and browse through their pages before purchasing them. The new reader also will be compatible with both Macs and PCs, said Doug Carlson, who manages Gilvest.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Playboy on CD

Playboy is digitising every piece of its content.

Every story, every picture, that has been in the magazine since it was launched by Hugh Hefner in 1953 – including the famous nude picture of Marilyn Monroe that ran on the cover of the first issue – will be accessible on DVD later this year.

All 630 issues of the magazine are to be transferred on to six discs – one for each decade – which will be available for $100 each. It is believed to be the first time that a magazine known for its sex and nudity has been digitalized.

Just after the announcement, Playboy’s website was inundated for stories and pix of Anna Nicole Smith, the sexy pin -up girl, who died mysteriously in Florida last week and has been making headlines every since.

Playboy has for some time had a website, but no archival system. Old copies of the magazine, if anyone wanted to look up an article or picture, were until now only accessible in bound volumes.
From now on anyone who wants information on say Norman Mailer has only to type in his name and pull up every reference to the American writer in the magazine since Playboy was launched.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

World's oldest newspaper goes digital

For centuries, readers thumbed through the crackling pages of Sweden's Post-och Inrikes Tidningar newspaper. No longer.

The world's oldest paper still in circulation has dropped its paper edition and now exists only in cyberspace. The newspaper, founded in 1645 by Sweden's Queen Kristina, became a Web-only publication on Jan. 1. It's a fate, many ink-stained writers and readers fear, that may await many of the world's most venerable journals. ``We think it's a cultural disaster,'' said Hans Holm, who served as the chief editor of Post-och Inrikes Tidningar for 20 years. ``It is sad when you have worked with it for so long and it has been around for so long.''

Queen Kristina used the publication to keep her subjects informed of the affairs of state, Holm said, and the first editions, which were more like pamphlets, were carried by courier and posted on note boards in cities and towns throughout the kingdom. Today, Post-och Inrikes Tidningar, which means mail and domestic tidings, runs legal announcements by corporations, courts and certain government agencies - about 1,500 a day according to Olov Vikstrom, the current editor. The paper edition was certainly not some mass- market tabloid.

It had a meager circulation of only 1,000 or so, although the Web site is expected to attract more readers, Vikstrom said. The newspaper is owned by the Swedish Academy, known for awarding the annual Nobel Prize in Literature. But it recently sold the publishing rights to the Swedish Companies Registration Office, a government agency.

Despite its online transformation, Post-och Inrikes Tidningar remains No. 1 on a ranking of the oldest newspapers still in circulation compiled by the Paris- based World Association of Newspapers. ``An online newspaper is still a newspaper, so we'll leave it on the list,'' WAN spokesman Larry Kilman said.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Perooz this...

Read magazines on your iPod.....
For some people, this will be too much work. But for young men, interested in hot cars or hot women, this may be useful. offers free downloads of magazines, movie and video game trailers, and new music for hand held devices including the iPod , Sony PSP, and Zune as well as Palm Treo and Blackberry models. The magazine pages (they're actually images which, on the video iPod, are transferred to "Photos" folders) are certainly readable if you’ve got nothing else to do while standing in line at the post office. Content offerings include GQ, Car & Driver, Maxim and Stuff. The site says tech, news, and business content are "coming soon."

Friday, January 12, 2007

Book publisher buys digital

HarperCollins has bought a stake in NewsStand, whose LibreDigital unit creates digital versions of books. Brian Murray, group persident of News Corp's HarperCollins, will join NewsStand's board of directors.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

TV Guide goes digital

TV Guide has joined the majority of television shows it writes about--and gone digital.
The digital edition of TV Guide was launched earlier this week by electronic publisher Zinio Systems, adding the title to a list of more than 400 magazines that the company now sells and distributes worldwide.
TV Guide's digital version contains all of the magazine's print elements, including celebrity coverage, program reviews and recommendations. The magazine also covers trends in the TV landscape and gives readers behind-the-scenes looks at broadcast, cable and syndicated shows, and new DVDs.
Since switching its format from digest-form to full-size and cutting its base ad rate by two-thirds, TV Guide has seen its circulation tumble almost 60% to roughly 3.8 million. But Zinio's president and CEO Rich Maggiotto says the digital version's immediacy will please the magazine's readers. "I believe our readers will love the features and functionality that are available in this new medium," adds Ian Birch, editor in chief of TV Guide and chief content officer of Gemstar-TV Guide International.
"With TV Guide's digital edition, readers will be able to have a truly interactive experience with the magazine," Maggiotto says. "The availability of this insightful content in a digital format will allow for up-to-date information and news about the shows and stars covered in their articles."

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Gathering pace...

US digital publisher NXTbook Media reported a 254 percent increase in sales and 359 percent more traffic to its digital magazines in 2006. Additionally, the number of pages viewed per NXTbook increased nearly 10 percent.

NXTbook CEO Michael Biggerstaff said in a statement that the amount of video streamed from the company’s digital magazine editions increased to hundreds of gigabytes per month. “We're streaming the amount of video each week that we saw in the entire year of 2005," he said.

Interesting. Particularly the amount of video being served - which is undoubtedly down to broadband usage increasing worldwide.