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Huffington, The iPad Magazine from HuffPo, Goes Free

Huffington — the iPad magazine from The Huffington Post — launched only a little over a month ago, and things have already begun to change. According to Capital New York, Huffington is switching to a free app starting today.

Huffington used to be priced at 99 cents per issue, $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year. This is a pretty sudden turn of events for a magazine that Arianna Huffington once described as “stories… in a beautiful setting like jewels.”

But everyone likes free jewels, right?

Lucky and Architectural Digest Launch iPad Editions

Lucky and Architectural Digest have finally come to the iPad. As of now, the only Condé titles not on the iPad are Details, W and Teen VogueWWD reports that the move to the iPad is especially important for Lucky, as ad pages are down 20 percent through September.

One of Lucky’s biggest lures on the iPad is giving users the ability to click on any single product and be directed to the designer’s site so they can purchase it. Brandon Holley, editor-in-chief of Lucky, told WWD that the app is, “The most shoppable digital edition of any magazine.” She’s surely not being biased.

Both Lucky and AD’s iPad apps are free for print subscribers. Single issues, monthly and yearly app subscriptions are also available.

Next Issue Launches on iPad

Next Issue Media, a digital venture from big publishing houses, is now available on the iPad. The app lets users subscribe to up to 39 magazines for a flat, monthly fee. The subscription fee breakdown, via paidContent:

  • Unlimited Basic: $9.99 per month, gives readers access to all monthly and biweekly magazines
  • Unlimited Premium: $14.99 per month, adds weekly titles, such as Sports Illustrated and The New Yorker
  • Single magazine subscriptions ranging from $1.99 to $5.99 per month
  • Single issues ranging from $2.49 to $5.99

As time goes by, Next Issue will add more titles, but for now, whether people subscribe to this service is questionable. If someone reads a lot of magazines — and they’re included in the 39  — and they don’t mind not getting the print versions, sure, this will be a good deal. Otherwise, not so much.

The full list of magazines available and a review of the Android version of the Next Issue app is after the jump.

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CNNMoney Launches iPad App

CNNMoney has launched an iPad app. The app features a simple layout and allows users to sort what news appeals to them the most. Those who use CNNMoney’s website to monitor stocks can access their information as well.

The app also carries content from CNNMoney’s site, so if you’re an avid reader, you won’t miss anything by using the app instead. Additionally, the app comes equipped with push notifications, though if you’re not particularly skilled at working the market, you might want to turn those off.

CNNMoney’s app is free and available in iTunes now.

Elevator Pitch: Storyville Wants to Do for Short Stories What iTunes Did for Music

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler meets with Storyville co-founder Paul Vidich. Storyville is a mobile app for short stories that connects readers and authors. A former music executive, Vidich helped Steve Jobs bring music singles to iTunes. He hopes Storyville will do for the short story what iTunes did for the single.

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Also, find out who’s hiring on the Mediabistro job board.

TMZ Releases iPad App

In the latest effort to expand their growing news empire, TMZ has released their first app for the iPad.

The app includes all of the things you’ve come to love on the website (stories, videos, photo galleries) but optimized for iPad/iOS5 users.

While I still prefer to read their articles within a web browser, the app is great for viewing TMZ’s videos and photos.

(I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for TMZ and TMZ Live.)

You can find the app for free in the iTunes store.

Magazines Look Terrible on The New iPad

Over the past several days, complaints about how bad magazines look on the iPad have been rolling in. The reason, according to Mashable, is that the older magazine apps simply weren’t built to handle the new iPad’s high resolution “retina display,” so everything looks blurry.

Publishers are now racing to update the apps so that they’re compatible with the technology, but there are drawbacks: the new apps will be significantly larger files, which means longer download times and less memory available for other things.

For new iPad owners who want to read magazines, it’s going to be a hard knock life.

[Image via Mashable]

Vogue Launches Tablet Edition

Vogue is now available digitally. Starting today, the fashion magazine can be downloaded on the Nook, Nook Color, Kindle Fire and iPad. To make the launch enticing, each platform is offering free trials and Vogue’s print and digital editions are available now for only $19.99, over 50 percent off the cover price.

The digital launch coincides with Vogue’s April issue, featuring Jennifer Lopez or J. Lo or whatever the hell she likes to be called now. In a profile by Jonathan Van Meter, Lopez reveals that she wears a diamond ring that spells, “I love me.”

Jenny From The Block, everyone!

The New York Times Magazine To Get iPad App… In Two Years

We’re big fans of The New York Times Magazine under the direction of Hugo Lindgren. It’s pretty much the number one reason we subscribe to the weekend edition of the Times. Judging by Lindgren’s talk at Columbia Journalism School yesterday, he knows that the magazine is doing well, but he did admit one mistake: Not pushing for an iPad app.

Lindgren explained that he had the chance to get a separate app made, but let it slip by:

When I got there, we had a budget to create our own app. Literally, we were about to hire our own people and the budget disappeared. And I got pretty focused on the magazine, on the print magazine, because that’s where we needed a lot of attention. And I probably kind of blew it a little bit not fighting that hard enough, and we’re going to get that restored.

Exciting, right? We’d love to read the magazine separate from the Times’ app. But Capital New York reports that Lindgren said the app won’t be ready for about two years.

Two years! Will there even be an iPad in two years??? We might be living on Mars in two years! Will we even want to read on Mars, since it’s a new planet and all?

Life is unbearably difficult sometimes.

Newsweek’s New iPad App is Worth a Look

The worst thing a magazine can do when designing an iPad app is to forget that people are using an iPad to read it. It sounds crazy, but it happens. A magazine is great, but when we’re using an iPad, we want to swipe, scroll, tap and gently caress (okay, maybe that’s just us). Newsweek’s new iPad app, which just went live, makes sure that happens.

Dirk Barnett, Newsweek’s Creative Director, told us back in November that he wanted to make sure the iPad expanded on the strong design elements in the magazine, and he definitely succeeded. Barnett, along with the bow tie appreciating Mueller Twins, have created something special. The images are bold and the overall look is uncluttered, yet extremely engaging.

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