iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:56:43 +0000 hourly 1 By: Digital Magazines Tue, 05 Oct 2010 16:07:00 +0000 Like Lothar has commented already, Apple taking 30% of all subscriptions sales through the iPad means that publishers are having to charge more for their iPad subscriptions than they do for their normal web based digital subscriptions (which would work on the iPad anyway if Apple hadn’t banned Flash from it’s devices).

This means that users aren’t receiving the main benefit of the digital magazine format – it’s price. The whole point of the digital format is that publishers don’t have to pay for printing and distribution and therefore can afford to sell digital subscriptions a lot cheaper. This 30% commission is like a digital equivalent to these costs and is doing no favours to the growth of this relatively new format.

If publishing on the iPad wasn’t so costly, I’m sure we’d see a much larger range of magazine titles available and consequently a bigger surge in people taking out digital subscriptions.

]]> By: Lothar Mon, 20 Sep 2010 17:40:00 +0000 why does Apple have to get 30%? that is more than the savings from print and distribution costs and will make an i-pad subscription more expensive than a mail or door delivery subscription. Sort that out and I will subscribe for i-pad versions of everything I now get by mail.

]]> By: Eric Thu, 16 Sep 2010 18:50:00 +0000 If my local paper offered a subscription App, I would sign up tomorrow