An Online Newstand for the iTablet or the iPhone


The rumours of an Apple Tablet are around the air and to know that the leading magazine publishers are getting ready for something doesn't help. Apparently the companies participating in the project (Such as Hearst, Conde Nast and Meredith) would create digital copies of their titles to be sold in their own version of the iTunes Store.

The new magazine company would, in theory, make it easy to buy print and electronic copies of publications like The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Esquire and Better Homes and Gardens from a single Web site. While mostly leaving the hardware to others, the alliance of competing publishers would develop software standards for magazine viewing on iPhones, BlackBerrys, e-book readers and other platforms, people with knowledge of the plans said.

This seems like great news and it is a way to make magazines successful in the internet age. If you can buy your music and movies, why not your paper?A Time Inc exec mentioned that their experience with iPhone distribution made them go ahead. They are planning to create content compatible with various devices. My question here is,... will Apple be there leading showing us a New York Times on an iTablet, or would they show the NewYorker on an iPhone. The tablet is the iPhone.