One of my favorite uses for the iPad is reading digital magazines. Being a design and tech junkie, I like the ability to carry dozens of magazines, back issues, and the like all inside one portable 10" screen device now. Even better is the recent development digital magazines have taken to create new interactive experiences previously not possible with print. Here's my list of formerly print-only magazines worth checking out in digital format...
If you've browsed through a few digital magazines, you'll know the experience and quality can range widely. Most magazines are merely carbon-copy, page-to-PDF exports, often in low resolution. However, some publishers are seizing the opportunity to take advantage of the possibilities digital tablets offer: interactivity, embedded videos, high resolution images spanning across pages, outgoing links, etc.
Notable tablet format features include:
- Answering quizzes in the app like a game.
- Exclusive interviews and video offerings.
- "Tap to email" buttons for recipes and articles.
- Personal scrapbooking.
- Scrollable table of contents with direct links to features.
- Social sharing.
- Changing, updateable content.
Here's a list of some magazines I've tried (in no particular order) that make full use of your tablet's capabilities fora more engaging experience. And a bonus: you're saving a tree each time you skip the printed edition for a digital-only experience!
Are there any magazines you enjoy that do a good job of utilizing the tablet format? Share your finds in the comments.
(Images: Chris Perez)