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Rick Levine Says Apple is Hurting Tablet Market

Rick Levine, Director of Editorial Operations for Condé Nast, told people at some tiny festival called South by Southwest that Apple is the biggest obstacle in the way of magazines succeeding in the tablet market.

He told WWD that subscriptions are needed, but that Apple’s demands are simply too great. “We frankly don’t want Apple to have a stranglehold on this business,” explained Levine.

Unfortunately, it’s going to be tough to overcome the Dark Lord Apple. People love the iPad, not any of the Android tablets that are out there.

It puts publishing houses in a very difficult place, one that might see them eventually bowing to Apple’s standards. Steve Jobs might look like a nerd, but he’s actually one big ass bully.

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Condé Nast Honors Top Executives

Last evening at Florida’s Ocean Reef Club Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend hosted an award ceremony to honor the company’s outstanding performers.  Townsend handed out a lot of hardware Condé’s magazine’s had reason to celebrate.

Wired’s Howard Mittman was named Publisher of the Year and the magazine’s entire business staff was lauded for 24 percent ad page growth.

Vogue publisher Susan Plagemann and her sales team won the Peak Performance Award for a 16 percent rise in ad pages.

Rick Levine, Condé Nast’s SVP of editorial operations, took home the Corporate Executive of the Year Award for his work in the digital arena.

Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter and publisher Edward Menicheschi were recognized for spearheading the company’s largest profit gain by any magazine last year