September 27, 2010
Condé Nast Digital, publisher of digital iPad magazines like Wired, Glamour, and Vanity Fair, has released The New Yorker Magazine for iPad. Like others before it, The New Yorker Magazine is actually a free app that is a wrapper of sorts, allowing you to download individual issues inside of it for $4.99 each. It gives you access to every last bit of content available in the print version of the magazine, plus bonus cartoons that are exclusive to the iPad version. Navigation is similar to other magazine apps, with the ability to flip pages with a right to left swipe, retrace your steps, jump back to the library, access table of contents, a content browsing mode, and a scrubber located at the bottom of the screen. All of these navigation options are brought up with a single tap. If all of this navigation business is just too confusing for you, the free downloadable guide within the app featuring actor Jason Schwartzman can help walk you through it. Additional features including the ability to change font sizes, mark articles as favorites, share content with friends, and more will apparently be added via future updates. As usual, most will find the $4.99 price tag for each issue a bit steep considering you can currently get a one-year subscription to the print version of The New Yorker for $39.95, which is a measly $.85 an issue. But hey, if you really love The New Yorker and have no problem paying $4.99 an issue just to read it on your iPad, go ahead and enjoy yourself. We won't judge you.