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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Digital Magazines

There is talk of digital paper and these sites are the precursor to physical digital magazines.

Magwerk - is a free site but only has 3 magazines at the moment.

Zinio - They appear to be the main player in the field. All the majors are with this site like Business Week, Readers Digest, Playboy etc... They have a huge catalog of magazines and also have text books stated as being cheaper. Checkout the free trail. You actually subscribe to these magazines or can buy one time issues.

The subscription cost seems to be close to the cost of a physical subscription. You would think the digital cost should be extremely cheap seeing as no paper, ink or shipping was used. Plus the added value to advertisers is huge. You can click on ads to get more info and such. Which allows advertisers to know who is clicking, how long they are on their ads and I am sure a bunch of other added value. I hope the cost either comes down or becomes free.

I am a subscriber to MIT Technology Review and they recently announced a shift in publishing more of their content online and will have more in depth content in the physical print. They have a long explanantion of their reasons on their website.

All in all a great start for digital magazines.

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