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Yes, The New Yorker

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Half good, half bad. If you’re a print subscriber to the venerable magazine, you can sign up for a weekly e-mail that includes links to the digital edition, accessible from the Web, and best on the iPad. Click on an article link, and off you go to the mobile Web edition, which does a pretty good job of faking an iPad app. Browse the magazine to your heart’s content, and there are thumbnails at the bottom of the page to help you find your way. You can use your finger and just slide around, just like you would in any decent iPad app.

Recently, the good folks at Condé Nast put out, yes, a New Yorker app. It’s free, but here’s the thing: You have to pop for each issue. Not so bad, if you’re a casual reader. Already a subscriber to the magazine? Tough. You don’t get grandfathered in, you have to pay 5 bucks for each issue. At least its CN stablemate Vanity Fair gives you a digital copy for $4. Sorry, this is inexcusable. I’m not alone—the app’s received a bunch of one-star ratings from App Store denizens. One quote: “What were you thinking? I love the magazine and have been a loyal subscriber for many years. To expect your print subscribers to pay for the iPad version at full price is simply silly. [I could think of another word.] In fact it should be completely free to print subscribers.”

I’ll pay a little up front to gain access—I’m a generous guy. But no more, since I’m a print subscriber.

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Written by almipad

March 4, 2011 at 11:06 am

Posted in Magazines, Media

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