Newsweek for iPad has made big news itself this weekend, with The New York Times covering the announcement that the app has been updated (to Version 2.0) and now offers subscription options. Here’s the basics of the new subscription model: a standard issue of Newsweek for iPad costs $2.99; a three month subscription is $9.99, and a six month subscription is $14.99.
Subscribing does not get you access to back issues, but starts with the current issue and continues as new issues are released for the length of your subscription.
Considering that there’s a new issue every week (so in 3 months you’ll get around 12 issues), the subscription plans seem a good deal. And they absolutely would be, if the magazine issues were worth paying for. Sadly, they aren’t – unless you are happy paying those sort of amounts for magazine issues that are the equivalent of reading Newsweek in a mediocre-to-bad PDF viewer.