Next Issue App for Kindle Fire and Android
As the lines between tablet and e-reader continue to blur, we are seeing some pretty interesting apps. Next Issue is a bundled magazine subscription services for Android devices, like the Transformer Pad 300 and Kindle Fire, that promises to turn your tablet into your favorite sports or fashion magazine.
Will Your Magazines Finally Be On Time?
Magazine readership isn't what it once was, and publishers don't seem to be doing very well at making it in the digital era. Still, Next Media and several publishing companies have banded together to bring consumers this app, in hope that it will remind them how they used to pore over the pages that they now ignore in the supermarket checkout line. With Next Issue, users can subscribe to all the weekly articles from titles like Time, Vanity Fair, Better Homes and Gardens, Elle, Wired, Fortune, People and Sports Illustrated from the app. Monthly articles are available for less than $10. It's certainly a better deal than purchasing physical subscriptions separately.
Of course, that is an option, too. You can purchase individual magazine issues for about the price you'd pay at the store, between $2 and $6. Individual monthly subscriptions are also available, between $2 and $10 per magazine. Obviously, buying in bulk is the better deal, if you actually intend to read the magazines.
Next Media is hoping to lure consumers in by offering a free 30-day trial for users who download the app from the Android app store on Google Play. That sounds pretty good to us.
Magazines in the Digital Age
Like the reader app of the Kindle Fire, Next Issue takes advantage of the entire tablet screen and native touch controls. Interestingly enough, the tablets must be using Honeycomb, or Android 3.0, or higher. This isn't problematic in anyway way, and many new tablets are already using Android 4.0. Still, we often forget that apps have operating system requirements at all.
The app is available for free from Google Play, but there's no sign of it in the Amazon App Store yet. Kindle Fire users will have to acquire is through less traditional means. Hope might not be futile, though. Next Media is working on making the app available for side loading on rooted Android devices. There's also news that an iPad version is on the horizon, so it doesn't seem like Next Issue is going to be tied to any one operating system.