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Latency, bandwidth, distribution, and discovery for digital magazines

BenEvansNewsstand

The other day Benedict Evans, who now works for Andreessen Horowitz, put up an interesting photo on Twitter. A traditional magazine kiosk in a newsstand or bookshop with several hundred magazines in the  frame. His tweet:

“High latency, high bandwidth, inefficient distribution, efficient discovery.”

His implicit message being that the industry has changed and the kiosk proposition has changed, because digital magazine work in a different way. Lets take a look at how the proposition has changed, … Keep Reading

The Football Pink joins the Apple Newsstand

The Football Pink is a quarterly collection of engrossing stories, opinions and musings from around the world of football and is now available in the Exact Editions webstore and the Apple Newsstand.
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Packed with all the features you’ve come to expect from Exact Editions, the app also incorporates ByPlace™technology, so keep your eyes peeled for exclusive free access!

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Five New Titles!

Exact Editions are delighted to welcome five new titles to our webstore and the Apple Newsstand, all from Progressive Media Group: New StatesmanWorld of Fine WineSpear’sFX and Blueprint.

New-Titles

All apps incorporate the usual Exact Editions features such as in-depth text search, social media sharing and of course the ByPlace™technology.

Head over to the App Store now!

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Magazines need to do some permissionless innovating

Steve Cheney has produced a fascinating essay On the Future of Apple and Google. You need to read it, but the gist of his argument is that the iOS and the Android operating systems are now the only games in town and they are pitched in a deep but asymmetric struggle. Google through Android will be powering most of the clever devices that will now be running our lives (fridges, cars, thermostats), but Apple has a deep axis of … Keep Reading

Resolution Independence is good for magazine apps that look like magazines

Apple made a very clever step change when they announced their new iPhones, the 6 and the 6 Plus. Nobody guessed the screen resolution and the pixel count correctly — though nobody was surprised by the 4.7 and 5.5-inch dimensions of the screens. The reason nobody guessed? Apple introduced a level of abstraction: there is no longer a straightforward equivalence between the pixels that the iOS software manipulates in an image and the pixels which the devices display. Apple introduced … Keep Reading

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