Time Warner to Push More Tablet Magazines by Year’s End

Although various magazine publishers haven’t unanimously decided whether tablets are a good or bad thing for their industry, Time Warner says that by the end of the year, all 21 of its titles will be available on multiple tablet platforms, including Apple, Google, and more.

Time Inc. currently has tablet versions available for 4 of its magazines – four of its highest-profile magazines: Time, Sports Illustrated, People, and Fortune. 17 more titles will be available by the end of the year, including titles such as InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, and Real Simple.

The titles will be available in Apple’s iTunes/AppStore, Google’s Android store, Hewlett-Packard’s new tablet platform, and Next Issue Media – the “Hulu for Magazines” that Time Inc. helped launch a couple years ago. Time Inc. points to an agreement to also sell digital subscriptions via Barnes & Noble’s Nook, but doesn’t mention Amazon’s Kindle in their press release. However, it’s safe to assume that Amazon’s tablet will be supported at some point. Also not mentioned in the press release is Research in Motion/Blackberry’s tablet, the PlayBook.

So far, however, on Apple’s iPad, the only way to get a digital subscription is to also have a print subscription … kind of defeating the purpose of having a tablet, if you ask me.

Still! Kind of cool that more magazines will be available without having to buy the paper copy!



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