I recently wrote a glowing review of Zinio, an app that allows you to buy, subscribe to, and read magazines. I think that the fine folks at Zinio did a really, really great job on the app, but I’m not quite sold on the notion of digital magazines.
While I’m fully behind e-books (my Kindle is awesome), don’t buy CDs any more, and pick up DVD/Blu-Ray discs sparingly, there is something different about owning an actual magazine.
One great things about tablets is that they can simulate other handheld media: books, newspapers, and magazines for instance. And while every newspaper under the sun has an app for the leading tablets, and you can read books via the Kindle, Google Books, or iBooks app, I never really came across a magazine app that made reading magazines a tablet experience – that is, until Zinio.
Sure, you can view PDFs on your tablet, but they don’t harness the power of the interactive device you’re using. Zinio, on the other hand, harnesses it well.