Zinio brings digital magazines to iPad, iPhone, PC and Mac for one price
Zinio, on the other hand, offers a one stop shop for digital magazines with more than 2,400 titles and more than 50,000 issues that can be read on an iPhone, iPad, Windows PC, Linux or Mac with a single purchase or subscription.
- Esquire - $4.99 single issue, $8 digital subscription
- Natural Geographic- $5.99 single issue, $16.50 digital subscription
- Cosmopolitan - $4.29 single issue, $15 digital subscription
- The Economist - $6.99 single issue, $126.99 digital subscription (51 issues)
- Car and Driver - $4.99 single issue, $8 digital subscription
- Smithsonian - $3.99 single issue, $12 digital subscription
- Oprah - $4.50 single issue, $18 digital subscription
- Macworld - $6.99 single issue, $19.97 digital subscription
Speaking of readability; one of the things I like about the Zinio interface is that you can read the magazine in a standard layout that looks just like print or with one tap pull up the article's text in an easy-to-read layout that mimics the experience of the Kindle app or in iBooks. You can compare the magazine page above to the text view below. If you have trouble reading small print you can also increase the font size for an easier reading experience.
In addition to the portability and readability, magazines like VIV offer a media rich magazine experience that actually delivers on the iPad digital magazine demo we highlighted last month.
You do need an Internet connection to download the magazines, but once you have done so you can read them wherever you are. One small drawback to using the Zinio reader is that there is a slight lag when flipping pages. This is less noticeable when you download an issue completely but still there. We hope it goes away completely, but for now you'll just have to imagine you're turning the page of a printed magazine.
If you want to know what it's like to read a digital magazine you can read free samples of many publications in the free Zinio Reader for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch as well as with the software to install on a PC. In most cases you cannot switch your current paper subscription to a digital one, but it's possible this will become a standard option in the future as more readers look to digital magazines for their entertainment. Having read a few digital issues I know I will be looking at a digital subscription when my current subscriptions are up for renewal.