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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.