The last time we heard about Next Issue, the all-you-can-read magazine store was launching on Android, with an iOS version said to be coming soon. Three months later, the startup's made good on its promise: the storefront is now up and running on iOS, with an iPad app live in the US App Store. If you're not familiar with the way Next Issue works, it's angling to be the Netflix of digital magazines, with a monthly subscription getting you unfettered access to a library of 39 titles. In brief, the fees break down to $10 per month for all the monthly and bi-weekly mags, and $15 if you want all that plus access to tabloids and other weeklies. One last thing: the free app is just the magazine reader; you'll need to download the apps through Next Issue's browser-based store.
Now, if you're wondering what sorts of magazines will be represented in that list of 40-some-odd titles, know that every bigwig in magazine publishing is on board: Conde Nast, Time, Hearst, Meredith and News Corp. That means the The New Yorker is included, as are Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated and Popular Mechanics. In an interview, a company rep told us that Next Issue Media hopes to double the catalog by year's end, as well as ink deals with additional publishers. The biggest caveat, it seems, is that content providers have the prerogative to make a title available on one platform but not the other, so don't count on the iOS and Android apps offering identical selections. Feeling a bit tentative? The company is offering new customers a 30-day free trial, and we've also got not one, but four (yes, four) demo videos after the break.%Gallery-160005%
Next Issue for iPad Now Available from the App Store, Bringing Magazines to Life
Unlimited Access to Entire Catalog of Most Popular Magazines
Starting at just $9.99 per Month
PALO ALTO, CA – July 10, 2012 – Next Issue Media, a joint venture formed by five leading U.S.-based publishers – Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp. and Time Inc., today announces availability of Next Issue for iPad® in the United States.
Next Issue offers unlimited access plans, presenting its entire catalog of the world's most popular magazines, including back issues, starting at just $9.99 per month.
Only Next Issue offers the combination of unlimited access plans and organization of your personal library of magazines from a single app, delivering a truly exceptional reading experience. Next Issue's catalog of magazines from top tier publishers come to life with digital extras such as videos, bonus photography, interactive features, live web links and more.
With the launch of Next Issue for iPad and addition of Bon Appétit, Brides, Golf Digest, GQ, Self, Vogue and Wired, the Next Issue for iPad catalog includes 39 titles with many more expected later in the year.
"With the unlimited plans offering access to our entire catalog from a single intuitive App and personal library, we're delivering magazines the way consumers want to read them," said Morgan Guenther, CEO of Next Issue Media. "It's like having an entire magazine rack stocked with only the very best titles, but you can browse or read any issue, any time, on your iPad."
"Customers will see their magazines come to life in spectacular fashion," said John Loughlin, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Hearst Magazines. "Next Issue for iPad delivers an immersive and engaging experience, while the technology seems to disappear and get out of the way."
Availability and Requirements
Next Issue for iPad is available now in the United States on all iPad models. iPad users can go to www.nextissue.com to sign up for an account, purchase or subscribe to individual magazines or an unlimited plan and then download Next Issue for iPad from the App Store℠.
Next Issue for Android™ is available now in the United States on select tablets running Honeycomb (version 3.0) or later with a screen resolution of 1024x600 or 1280x800. Android users can go to www.nextissue.com to sign up for an account, purchase, subscribe to individual magazines or an unlimited plan and then download Next Issue for Android on Google Play™.
Next Issue offers the following price plans:
- Unlimited Basic: Includes titles published monthly and bi-weekly, including back issues, for $9.99 per month
- Unlimited Premium: Includes all titles in the catalog, including weeklies, and back issues, such as Entertainment Weekly, People, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, TIME for $14.99 per month
- Individual magazine subscriptions range from $1.99 to $9.99 per month
- Individual magazine issues are available from $2.49 to $5.99 per issue
30-day free trials are available for all subscription plans and print subscribers can add digital editions of the same titles for free or a nominal cost.
Today, the Next Issue Unlimited Basic catalog includes: All You, Allure, Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appétit, Brides, Car and Driver, Coastal Living, Condé Nast Traveler, Cooking Light, ELLE, Esquire, Essence, Fitness, Fortune, Glamour, Golf, Golf Digest, GQ, Health, InStyle, Money, Parents, People en Español, People StyleWatch, Popular Mechanics, Real Simple, Self, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated Kids, Sunset, This Old House, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Wired.
The Next Issue Unlimited Premium catalog includes those in Unlimited Basic plus all weekly titles such as Entertainment Weekly, People, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and TIME.