Since buying the iPad I’ve been hooked on the idea of being completely digital. For the past 5 years or so I’ve not bought a single CD preferring to buy music online, mostly through iTunes. I’ve not looked back once. All of the CDs went at a garage sale years back, no more clutter!
Now the same can be true for books and magazines. Or can it?
The iPad has been out in Australia for a month or so now, but the Australian iBook store is still sporting Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and a raft of other public domain titles, not a single title is available for purchase, no Bestsellers to be had here at all. Our friends in the U.S. are happily spending their disposable income on the New York Times Best Seller list, here in Australia I guess we just have to wait. (Would be nice though if Apple would at least tell us for how long… )
All is not lost though, if you dig around a little there is content starting to appear and slowly I’m able to enact the plan of getting rid of paper books and magazines all together.
The only magazine I regularly buy (surprisingly) is the Australian Macworld and after chatting to them on twitter I discovered that they are now publishing it via the magazine app Zinio. I had not hear of the app before but sure enough after installing it there was Macworld.
After subscribing for 12 months I was given access to download the current edition (June), and I’m happy to report that it works extremely well. The magazine is very easy to read, you flip through the pages as you’d expect or can choose to see thumbnails of the whole magazine where you can jump forward to specific pages.
Today I receive an email explaining that the July edition is available, again opening up the app is all that is required and sure enough July is sitting there waiting to download. It takes around 3-5 minutes but the pages do come in one at a time so you can literally start reading it right away, buy the time you need it the next page is there.
They are stored locally on your iPad so once you’ve downloaded it you can read it without being in wifi range (yes that was a fail not to buy the 3G version).
I’ve subsequently downloaded the app for iPhone as well, it seems to works equally as well although I really can’t see myself reading for any length of time on it when the iPad is in the room.
So now every time I go to the hallway cupboard there is the pile of past issues sitting there looking at me, wondering what their fate will be. While I do like keeping the back issues in reality they’re gone as soon as I have the next clean up.
If you’re reading this and want a couple of years worth of Australian Macworld, they’re yours drop me a comment to work on the logistics!