Zinio and Partner to Expand Their Digital Newsstands
March 18, 2015

The French digital newsstand and the U.S.-based digital newsstand Zinio have announced a partnership. With the deal, which is expected to go live in the fourth quarter of this year, will begin using the Zinio technology platform and applications to power its newsstand.

The partnership will mean that Relay and Zinio will be adding magazines from their respective catalogs - Relay's being 600 strong. According to the partnership announcement, the reach of the combined catalogs will exceed 55 percent of the digital circulation in France audited by OJD.

Google Change Allows Company Statements to Top News Searches
March 13, 2015

A little-noticed change in the way Google selects search results has allowed company statements to top the list of news links shown when users search for information on businesses.

The measure may cost news publishers web traffic and risks misleading users, analysts said.

A Google spokeswoman said that in September the search giant widened the number of sources from which it drew the entries that appear in the "in the news" section of its search results page.

Top 5 Trends Affecting App Publishing
March 9, 2015

This is a great time of the year to look at the top trends of 2014 and gain insights for 2015. Following are five trends -- some new, some continuing - that will impact app development and usage in the coming year. You might just reconsider what operating system, device to prioritize. Or could the BRIC countries represent new audience growth potential?

Emerald Expositions Acquires Events, B2B Magazines
March 5, 2015

The San Juan Capistrano based events company Emerald Expositions, LLC has acquired two different trade show businesses, along with their magazines, in separate transactions. From Vendome Group, LLC Emerald bought Healthcare Design Conference and Expo, Healthcare Design Magazine,Environments For Aging, and Construction SuperConferenceoperated under the Vendome Healthcare Media division.

Fast Company Reimagines The Digital Magazine As A Feed For Big iPhones
February 24, 2015

A lot has changed in four years. Way back then, forward thinking magazine brands saw the iPad as the future of digital publications. Now, in 2015, the tablet seems stalled, and it is the smartphone-particularly in its larger-screened embodiments-that has everyone's attention. Into this context Fast Company, the most progressive of major business publications, has launched a new native app experience in close collaboration with Adobe.

In my first story as a contributor, I interviewed then Condé Nast digital czar (nowWired Editor-in-Chief) Scott Dadich on the flagship tablet app he had worked with Adobe on for Wired.

Music Magazines Under Stress, Can They Adjust to the Streaming Era?
February 20, 2015

The music (and film) category of the Apple Newsstand is not among the more popular categories used for new digital editions, accounting for only around 2.3 percent of all apps. And unlike the Arts & Photography category, it is not a place one sees the most innovative new digital magazines.

I find this terribly odd. After all, both audio and video are a natural for digital magazines, right?

Well, there is the issue of copyright and the ability to freely embed files into digital magazines and newspapers.

Why the Replica Edition Is Not Going to Disappear Anytime Soon
February 17, 2015

The magazine replica edition has gotten a few premature obituaries lately, as some media reporters, who really should know better, have written that there is a trend towards native digital editions.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, of the last 100 or so new digital editions to be released into the Apple Newsstand, the vast majority have been either replica editions (70+ percent), or else PDF-based digital-only start-ups (half the remaining).

David Carr Pulled No Punches on Native Ads, Journalism and Media
February 13, 2015

David Carr, the well-known media columnist for The New York Times, died at work on Thursday, the paper reported last night. He was 58.

Although he often used his Media Equation column to spotlight people doing things right, it also cut to the heart of the players, tactics and forces so vigorously reshaping advertising and publishing.

He recently wrote, for example, about Facebook's recent idea to perhaps generously host publishers' content entirely on Facebook, which would reduce the lag time between readers taking an interest and

Flipboard for the Web Turns Your PC Into a Beautiful Internet Magazine
February 11, 2015

When Flipboard launched for iPad back in 2010, it was like the Seinfeld of digital magazines, apublication about nothing. A year later the app brought its fluid, touch-based reader to smartphones. Now, Flipboard is finally showing desktops some love.

Of course, Flipboard was designed with touch in mind, so the team had to go back to the drawing board a bit to reimagine the reading environment on a primarily touchless digital canvas. The result is a similar attention to minimalist design but with text overlay and scrolling optimized for desktop. The app also loses no features in the device migration

Should Brands Focus on Apple More than Android Mobile Readers?
February 9, 2015

Apple must be revelling in their success with 74.4 million iPhones sold in the three months to 27 December 2014, generating an annual revenue of $74.6 billion and achieving a record quarterly net profit of $18bn.

With Apple reporting figures like this it's tempting for developers to think that creating apps for Android devices aren't worth the time spent, especially with iPhone users spending on average four times more than their Android counterparts. So why should you spend the time and resource on creating your app for a whole bunch of Android devices