iPad edition subscription plans are expected to be coming soon to Wired, GQ, The New Yorker, O, The Oprah Magazine, and a number of other leading magazine titles.
According to recent reports, three of the major magazine publishing houses – Hearst, Conde Nast, and Time – have now come to terms with the App Store subscription model and will be offering subscription plans for many of their top titles. We’ve already seen that three premier titles from Time Inc. are expected to offer subscriptions, and a number of Conde Nast titles are due to start offering subscriptions this month.
Between these three big publishers we should see a large number of mainstream titles bringing out iPad subscription plans over the next few months. Early reports of pricing plans for Conde Nast titles, which include Wired, The New Yorker, GQ, and Vogue, say that single issues of these will be priced around $2 and annual subscriptions will be $20.
This is very good news for those of us who enjoy reading magazines and newspapers on the iPad. In a few months we should find that the number of iPad editions that have subscription plans has increased dramatically – and hopefully that pricing for subscriptions is at reasonable levels. $20 for an annual subscription for a title like Wired or The New Yorker seems fair to me, though I’m keen to see the range of price points for leading titles and be able to put these in better context.
In any case, going from only a small handful of iPad titles offering subscriptions to a wide range of them sounds very good to me.
Which iPad magazine titles are you most looking forward to seeing subscription plans for?