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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Montereybob, Nov 10, 2011.
Which publications are truly free?
None. At least not forever. The entire point of Newsstand is to sell you subscriptions so Apple can take a 30% cut. It's called Publishers Clearing House for the iPad.
Well, I'm finding Newsstand to be a royal PITA!
Everything seems 'free' at first opening, but that is just to download the little apps for each magazine - then you have to BUY or SUBSCRIBE to the publication - well it's not free! Also, I downloaded the Sound & Vision app, a magazine that I have a subscription and get the 'hard copy' - there was no option for me to also download issues that I already bought from them - pretty primitive in my mind! (P.S. Wired did offer that option, so much inconsistency).
Now I do enjoy the Zinio app and was worried about Apple bringing out their own magazine program - how would it affect Zinio - I have 3 mag subscriptions there - sent them an email and the reply is quoted below; appears that Zinio is still a mag option (at least I hope from this response) -
Apple does not control the subscriptions for each content provider that has decided to support Newsstand. It's still unclear whether or not Apple will require subscriptions to support Newsstand in the future, however one of our clients has requested that we include a configuration setting for Newsstand support.
Apple policy does not allow subscriptions without Apple getting paid.... regardless of whether or not Newsstand is being used.
I think we might see a native magazine app from Apple in the future as well, though nothing has been announced
Apple seems to feel that if it's going to host, notify, and distribute content, that they should be compensated. Annoying to those who wish to distribute and receive free content, but not entirely beyond understanding. And there are ways to distribute free content without requiring a subscription.
As for non-free content: Well, the battle of who gets what cut has been a part of the system forever. Nothing new there. Because online distribution is new, the dogs are going to be a bit noisy until they all know who's got the sharpest teeth.
TRVL magazine (still free at the moment) has come up with an interesting solution. They will charge .99 a month, but let you choose to donate (the portion that they receive) to one of several charities.
Just an update on Newsstand. For the third issue in a row, the background downloading of the New Yorker failed. Since this is virtually the only justification for this ridiculous "app," I continue to hate it.
The only subscription I've found to be totally free is for 'The Metro' which in fairness is free to take a hard copy anyway...
I love newsstand and do purchase individual magazines when I feel like it. But, for me there's just yet not enough choice.
Yeah, and its quite cheesey if you ask me. In almost all cases, the print subscription rates are lower - considerably sometimes. Ive yet to to find a deal on a digital version of a magazine and I suspect its because of that Apple 30% cut.
Lets face it - The Newsstand is just lame and needs to die off. Magazines simply need to make their own reader apps and then sell us to us directly or whatever. Meh.
I agree with s2mikey's comments.