Well, this is disappointing. As magazines make the transition from print to pixels, some publishers are using the move as an opportunity to jack up their prices - in some cases, to more than they were charging for print editions. And that's for tablet versions that are too often crappy afterthoughts.
To be fair, magazines are contending with legitimate financial concerns. Their advertising revenue has been declining and the historically discounted subscription rates they've charged for print delivery just aren't enough to pay the freight. To cope, many publishers are asking readers to chip in more
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Cosmopolitan Exceeds 100,000 Paid Digital Subscribers
March 8, 2012
From Publishing Business Today
Cosmopolitan, the No. 1 selling monthly magazine on newsstands, today announced it is the first Hearst Magazines brand to surpass 100,000 paid individual subscribers for its digital edition, which is available on Apple, Zinio, Barnes & Noble and Amazon Kindle newsstands. Cosmopolitan was an early adopter of offering digital editions to consumers on all tablets and e-readers, selling initially on the Zinio platform as early as 2005.