The death of the tablet magazine has been heralded for months, but here’s how publishers need to rethink their digital offerings for the tablet age.
Medium has launched a redesign focusing more on the visual power of its posts, and has also changed the way that collections work to give more power to collection curators or “editors”
Google is stepping up its media game with the launch of Newsstand, a Flipboard-style reading app for Android that also supports subscription walls for newspapers and magazines and replaces its existing Currents reader
Flipboard is making it easy for users creating curated magazines on the platform to collect and share products, complete with pricing information — features that seem aimed at the same ecommerce market Pinterest is targeting.
Flipboard has signed a deal with magazine publisher Time Inc. to add the company’s titles to its mobile content-aggregation app, based on a promise to help Time reach new audiences and boost its advertising revenue.
Some publishers seem to feel that Flipboard’s business model is based on taking advantage of their free content, but the company argues that what it really wants to do is help them stay in business
Josh Marshall of the political blog network Talking Points Memo says that he has pulled his site’s feeds from both Google Currents and Flipboard because he says he sees these services as “scams against publishers”
Brands are seeing success with Flipboard’s custom magazines: The company says that between 10 and 20 percent of users who click on a brand’s magazine actually end up subscribing to it.
According to a report at All Things Digital that quotes sources “close to the situation,” Flipboard is raising a new $50-million round of financing from both new and existing backers that will value the mobile-content publisher at $800 million. The round is reportedly being led by Rizvi Traverse Management and includes Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers and Index Ventures. The company last raised money in 2011 at a $200-million valuation.
Random House launched custom magazines on Flipboard for two of its bestselling authors, George R.R. Martin and Margaret Atwood.