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Old 06-11-2010, 01:41 PM   #1
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The Evolution of Time Magazine’s iPad App: Here’s What’s Next

http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/2010...es-whats-next/

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Time Magazine’s first iPad app was a rush job. Time Warner’s (TWX) magazine unit called the development process “Project Noah,” because the staff got it up and running in 40 days. So it’s going to keep adding bells and whistles over time.
I think a lot of publishers are going to refine their efforts in the near future, as they see what works and doesn't. Hopefully they are all in it for the long haul.

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If you’re someone who balked at the app’s price when it debuted, you’ll continue to be bummed out, as it’s staying at $5 per issue for now. But I’d guess that when Time rolls out subscriptions later this year, it will offer a 52-week bundle at something like $35.
I'd go for that bundle.
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:47 PM   #2
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i can understand publishers have development costs and need to recoup those as well as make a profit, but when they have near free "publishing" and distribution costs for edelivery they have no justification for their prices. obviously they're testing what the market will bear, hopefully the public won't be buying into this $5 an issue nonsense for too long. these prices are certainly keeping me from picking up any subscriptions, especially when the content is available on the publishers, or others, web sites for free.
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:15 PM   #3
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I actually preferred the previous phone version of Time, even at phone-size on iPad. I get that publishers need to tinker, but as a reader, I'd rather be able to find something I like and stick with it. With too much morphing, publishers are more likely to lose me, because if a version I like changes and I move on, it's not likely I will be checking back for new versions that I might like. Ditto for pricing.
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I quit getting magazines years ago, because I dislike reading paper.... Kind of excited about the emags.... but until they come down in price, no way.....
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I would just get the $10 subscription for the print. Time has nothing special that I can't get elsewhere.
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