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Are iPad Magazine Issues Worth Their Price?

The New Yorker just released its iPad app and it already has fans, especially those iPad users who were waiting for this electronic version of the venerable mag. But complaints about magazine titles on the iPad so far seem to center on the lack of a subscription service, which means buying the iPad version of your favorite magazine at issue prices close to newsstand offerings.

If you are a print subscriber, you may feel like paying $5 or $6 for something you already own is a bit much. So what if you want to choose between those glossy pages or the iPad download? After the break, a list of some popular magazines that offer iPad versions of their print issues, and what sort of extra content you can expect if you choose to go the electronic route. Check out the list when you read more.

Glamour

  • Price for app: Free
  • Price per issue download: $3.99
  • iPad-only content: Video, photos, exclusive fashion picks

GQ

  • Price for app: $4.99 (includes current issue)
  • Price per issue download: $2.99
  • iPad-only content: App-exclusive photos and videos

Gourmet Traveller

  • Price for app: Free
  • Price per issue download: $5.99
  • iPad-only content: Demonstration videos, slide shows, recipe index

The New Yorker

  • Price for app: Free
  • Price per issue download: $4.99
  • iPad-only content: Extra cartoon, photos, audio of authors reading their New Yorker short stories. Coming soon: Stories from the archive, resizable type, sharing, and favoriting

People

  • Price for app: Free
  • Price per issue download: $3.99
  • iPad-only content: More Star Tracks pictures, extra photo galleries, videos, trailers, TV previews, and song samples

Popular Science

  • Price for app: $4.99 (includes current issue)
  • Price per issue download: $4.99 for current issue, back issues discounted to $2.99
  • iPad-only content: No exclusive iPad-only content mentioned on iTunes

Vanity Fair

  • Price for app: $4.99 (includes current issue)
  • Price per issue download: $3.99
  • iPad-only content: Bonus videos and photos (example: the October issue's "app-exclusive Glee package")

Wired Magazine

  • Price for app: Free
  • Price per issue download: $3.99
  • iPad-only content: Lots of videos, such as the September issue's seven Joel McHale shorts

Would you buy an iPad issue over the print version of a magazine?

 

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