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After iOS 7, dev recommends publishers avoid Newsstand

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By Phil Dzikiy

News Editor, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
News Categories: iPad, iPhone, Apps + Games, iPod

In a new blog post, digital magazine app developer Marko Karppinen recommends that publishers avoid Newsstand, the periodical section of the App Store and iOS. Karppinen writes that there are many misconceptions about Newsstand apps, which are really just apps published in the Newsstand section. He argues that Newsstand publications are too hidden within the app, especially in iOS 7. The redesigned app icon is described as something “so horrible that it’s hard to avoid thinking it was done maliciously: if someone was tasked with hiding away a set of unwanted apps, they would be likely to come back with a design that was something very much like the iOS 7 Newsstand.” As Karppinen also points out, automatic content downloads aren’t exclusive to Newsstand, and apps published outside Newsstand can always be moved into Newsstand later — but not vice versa.

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Obviously a publisher centric viewpoint. I have used Zinio for years, like the Kindle reader app all my content is kept in one library. I as an end user PREFER that. Imagine if every book was its own app. That might be nice for the publisher, but does nothing but trash up my device with a zillion different icons and apps which I would then manage by stuffing them all in one folder. Sound familiar? Pulling magazines out of newsstand is going the wrong direction, in fact it actually encourages me NOT to subscribe to a publisher’s magazine.

Posted by Rand on October 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM (PDT)

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I’m glad I can finally hide Newstand. I would delete it if I could. On top of that,  prices for most subscriptions are so so at best.

Posted by choiceweb on October 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM (PDT)

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