Nxtbook Offers Digital Magazines on Kindle
Lancaster, Pa.-based Nxtbook Media this week announced that the company has become the first digital magazine vendor to provide content on the Amazon Kindle.
The Kindle has been offering magazine subscriptions to major consumer magazines like Newsweek, Time, Fortune, Slate and more than a dozen others for some time now, but the e-reader does not handle magazine content particularly adeptly. Nxtbook's new offering is an attempt to improve the Kindle magazine reader's experience.
"Rather than serving up oversized pages and artwork to a device which lacks color and brilliant resolution, users of the Kindle will receive a modified version of Nxtbook Liberty, our text-based solution which has been developed for screen readers and mobile devices," said Marcus Grimm, Nxtbook's marketing director. "Developing a Kindle-specific version was a natural extension of a product that's designed to take magazine content to new places. Though it would've been just as easy to serve up magazines in their original format, the text version delivers content in a manner which the intended audience has already pledged their approval of."
Nxtbook will be providing Kindle support at no additional cost to customers of Nxtbook Media's Liberty program, and Grimm added that Nxtbook will "continue development as both [Amazon] and us refine the Web surfing process on the device."