Wired magazine's iPad edition - anyone else tried it?

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  1. Bmweezer

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    Incredible, but...

    Amazing app, which definitely offers more than simply a electronic copy of the magazine!!! However, I won't pay $5 for each issue.

    Rumor is that magazine subscriptions are coming....hoping!
     
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    I already subscribe to Wired, so when I saw the iPad version I thought "Great, I'll go to their website and convert my subscription. Interactive content and I can save a tree."

    Hah! $5 an issue? Most magazines let you access an online version for free if you have a subscription, yet Wired charges extra for a format limited to a single (albeit very cool) platform? I expect this may change in the future, although they have sold a awful lot of issues in a very short amount of time, so they may be thinking this is going to work. My guess is that this first round of sales was spurred by curiosity, and the next issue won't sell as much, if at all.
     
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    If I was reading the website correctly, you can subscribe to the Zinio version of the magazine for like 2 bucks more than the app...for an entire year!
     
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    I guess I had to purchase it just to check it out. My complaint is like most here: the price. However, the interactivity is great. There is certainly more there than just pictures & words on a page. Right from the start there is more: the clip for Toy Story 3. It's also new in that you can experience the magazine by moving through the pages side-to-side by also top to bottom on some pages. Overall, I like the idea of the feature-rich content, but would appreciate a more reasonable price, $2 or $3 per copy.
     
  5. epb

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    The Zinio is just the print mag digitized - it won't be the iPad-enhanced version. Fewer bells and whistles, but also a lot less space on your drive.
     
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    I dunno, I had the test zinio mags and they all had animated content, links to ads, etc. I'm sure it's not full out 500mb worth...but...
     
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    Really? I didn't see Jack in the ones I tried. I deleted Zinio after a day or two.
     
  8. Matth3w

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    I don't use it, I use RSS feeds from the sites I trust, but some of them had like moving ads and stuff. I forget which one I read through.
     
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    Personally I hope NO ONE buys an iPad formatted magazine at these ridiculous prices. Zinio is starting to get it, with some magazines as low as $5 a year. But there is NO WAY I will pay full price or MORE for a bunch of electrons that have already been sent to the printer for the paper version. Adding a few extra pictures and video they already offer on their websites is not worth a penny more.


    Once they fail at this marketing scheme they will wake up, just like cell phone companies did. Remember 50 cents per minute for ANY CALL? I do. Never used my phone except for emergencies. Now it is a small monthly fee for unlimited calls and data, and everyone wants a phone.
     
  10. stever

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    I don't know.
    Digital publishing has been around for quite a while.
    And the pricing is still wacko!


    For eBooks, The publishers don't have to pay for
    • Printing costs.
    • Shipping costs. (books are heavy)
    • Middlemen percentages.
    • markup for the bookstand.
    • The cost of returns and shipping for that, of the lots that don't sell.
    • And storage and warehouse costs all along the path.

    The above items make up a HUGE portion of the cost of a physical book at the register.
    The cost of publishing an eBook with their already established computer system is minimal compared to the above.
    • So . . . Do we get a cost break for eBooks?
      Nope. They cost us pretty much full retail.
      Not even the discount we get at some retailers.
    • But . . . are they passing on that extra savings to the authors?
      Right... don't make me laugh.


    I didn't mind as book prices went up through the years.
    I knew paper and shipping, etc., were rising, and the cost was justified.
    But now that those costs are being cut out of the loop?

    I would say that the publishers were just not figuring out the truth.
    But I am pretty sure they DO understand.
    All that extra profit... I think we know where it is going.


    I don't know if they WILL ever do it right.
    It has been around quite a while now and we don't even always get the paperback cost cut, and we can't get the bargain bin pricing that you can find paper books at in the sales bins.

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