The App Store Needs a Category for Magazines and Newspapers

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One of my favorite categories of iPad app is magazines and newspapers. Except that’s not an actual App Store category; because there isn’t one for these titles as yet. So currently a lot of notable titles in this are scattered across a number of categories. Just a few examples:

— Wired magazine’s iPad edition is in the News category

— Esquire for iPad is in Lifestyle

— Black Enterprise for iPad is under the Business category

— And Sports Illustrated is under Sports

As someone who really enjoys a number of newspaper and magazine titles for the iPad, I’d far rather see these be given their own category in the App Store. It would make it easier to discover interesting new titles I think. I don’t mind if it’s called something old-school library sounding, like Periodicals, or just plain Newspapers & Magazines – it just needs its own section.

What do you think? Does this group of apps deserve its own category?


Patrick Jordan

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3 thoughts on “The App Store Needs a Category for Magazines and Newspapers”

  1. I'm with you 100%, it's only by luck and/or reading blogs like this that I find mags that I want to get for the ipad. Enjoy your blog BTW, thanks!

    1. Saw another interesting suggestion on this – to add them to the iBook store, instead of the App Store. Not sure how that would work with updates and possible subscriptions and so forth, but if updates could still be done as frequently as needed, that would be a more logical place for them.

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