It’s been reported this week that the latest issue of Sports Illustrated magazine for the iPad only works in landscape mode,as they’ve been forced to do some cost-cutting on the production of this version of the magazine – and for some interesting reasons.
The latest issue of Sports Illustrated only supports viewing in "landscape" mode, as the publication has said that they were forced to cut costs because Apple does not allow iPad subscriptions at "a reasonable price."
My initial reaction to SI’s decision is that it’s a bad move. I really like the ability to switch between landscape and portrait views when reading and in many apps in fact. Depending on time of day and where I’m reading something, one mode may be far more comfortable than the other.
This has got me wondering what others think on this subject. So for those of you who enjoy newspaper and magazine apps on your iPads, what’s your feeling on this? Do you care whether these apps support both orientations? Would it ever affect your buying decision if you saw that a title does not support both modes?