August 3, 2011 | Andy Boxall
The iPad is great for reading not only eBooks but digital magazines too, and the list of available titles is growing all the time. In addition to our own personal favorite, Project, and Zinio, where digitized editions of popular newsstand magazines can be purchased; here are ten recently released iPad magazine apps which show just how much this genre is diversifying on Apple’s tablet.
Guys can now know what girls want thanks to the release of Cosmo for Guys, an iPad magazine filled with advice, tips and guides to help you become ‘a trusted authority on women’. Sounds hideous, but it’s there if you want it. The app is free, but you’ll have to pay a $1.99 monthly or $19.99 yearly subscription to actually read the magazine. Free.
Previously only for reading books purchased through Barnes and Noble, the latest version of the NOOK reader has added magazines and newspapers, with everything from fashion to food and entertainment to technology covered. Of course, thanks to Apple’s new subscription rules, you’ll have to visit nookbooks.com via Safari rather than buying them inside the app. Free, US Only.
More and more specialist publications are appearing on the iPad and this popular Jazz music mag is one of the latest. The magazine comes out of the UK, and is Europe’s leading publication on the subject, covering reviews, features, news and gig guides. The magazine costs $4.99/£2.99 per month or $39.99/£27.99 per year. Free.
Another niche publication, this time bringing all the political news straight from Washington, along with commentary, analysis and columns from leading journalists. The app is free to download and the magazine costs a reasonable $0.99 per month as a subscription. Free.
A 26-issue per year news magazine written from a Christian perspective, covering international events, reviews, interviews and commentary. The magazine has been available for a while, but has just introduced in-app purchasing for subscriptions and individual magazines. There’s also an archive of previous issues available for free. Free.
Updated to include all the content featured in the print version, issues are available individually or by annual subscription, with the former costing $4.99 and the latter $21.99 for 10 issues. News, features, photography and comments are all featured, plus multimedia content including video and music. Free.
The popular design magazine is perfectly suited to the modern, minimalist iPad, and each monthly issue can be purchased within the free app for $9.99. Expect more photography and exclusive video content inside. Free.
The UK edition of the mens magazine includes a sample of the content for free, but to get the full copy you’ll have to pay by in-app purchase. It has all the content found in the print edition plus a helping of iPad exclusive material. Free.
A magazine dedicated to consumer electronics, with tech news, product tests, video content and feature guides too. It’s a new publication and in an effort to build awareness, it’s currently free to download and read! Free.
An unusual take on the magazine app, Astronaut profiles up-and-coming filmmakers, musicians developers and photographers and includes around 90-minutes of video. The app appears to be a one-off at the moment, but hopefully other issues will appear in the future. $3.99/£2.49.