Time and Condé Nast now offering free iPad editions with magazine subscriptions
Time Inc., North America’s largest magazine publisher and Condé Nast have announced that existing print subscribers will get access to the iPad versions of many of their most popular magazines at no additional charge.
Last week, Time announced that subscribers to Sports Illustrated, Time and Fortune magazines can now access the iPad editions via their respective iOS apps. To view the magazines, users download an iOS app from the iTunes stores for each magazine subscription.
Digital Home downloaded the Fortune and Sports Illustrated apps from iTunes Canada and within minutes had the latest edition of SI and Fortune on our iPad. In addition to allowing us to download the most recent edition, the Sports Illustrated app allowed us to download copies of the magazine but to June 28, 2010. Available issues on the Fortune app went back to last August.
The sign up process is quite easy. When the magazine app started, new users can choose to purchase the magazine while existing print subscribers can log-in to get their free digital edition. In order to authenticate that you are a print subscriber, you will be required to enter your magazine subscription number, email address and postal address. Once authenticated, a digital copy of the magazine can be downloaded.
In addition to being exact replicas of the magazine, the latest edition is available when the magazine first hits the newsstand meaning you’ll be able to read your favourite magazine a day or two before it shows up in your mailbox.
This week, Condé Nast announced that it would bring eight magazines to the iPad by the end of May. The list of magazines includes Vanity Fair, Glamour, Golf Digest, Allure, Wired, Self, GQ and the New Yorker. The New Yorker is available now while the rest will be arriving later this month.
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