Six iPad Magazine Demos: Which is the best?

Last week I posted an opinion on how not to release a digital magazine, and as I was looking at the post I got the idea to collect the iPad magazine demos and compare them.

The first one is from VIVmag. It might look neat, but it would cost too much to make. I hate it, actually. It reminds me of the design of certain DVD menus which waste time with fancy graphics.

This next one is Mag+ from Bonnier AB.

The Adobe/Wired concept video. Lots of exposition, but not much in the way of an actual demo.

Official iPad commercial (with a glimpse of NYTimes)

Sports Illustrated

de Telegraaf

My answer for which is the best? None of them. I don't see any that adapt well to an iPhone screen. All of these prototypes assume a large tablet with touchscreen.  I've had several, and I think they're just too awkward to be pulled out whenever I want to glance through a magazine. I don' think any concept will succeed without a mobile option.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


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