iPad Magazines Go to ’11 →

Khoi Vinh:

It’s bordering on obstinate to think that something you care so much about can be salvaged by doing more or less the same thing that has failed magazines so consistently until now: continuing to ignore the fundamentals of digital user experience design and how they diverge from analog print design.

I have a friend who works for Wired who always chides me for not having seriously looked at the Wired iPad app; Vinh explains why. What’s frustrating to me is that the technologies that could make magazines on the iPad—or Kindle, Nook or any other reading device—not suck are already out there, under names like “HTML,” “CSS” and “ePub.” (You may have heard of them.) I’m not sure I agree with Vinh that people won’t pay for content that’s available for free on the web, though—but they have to feel that they’re getting added value at a reasonable price.

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