MagDesigner has a new home!

July 4, 2010

New home for MagDesigner.net

If you’re reading this, then you shouldn’t be. You see, this here blog is now old hat. It has been magically turned into www.MagDesigner.net

It’s bigger, better and a lot more blue. There are all the usual news stories and eMag round ups, but now the with the edition of platform reviews, eMag reviews, glossary and features with lots more content coming over the months.

It really is your one stop shop for all things to do with digital magazines.

This WordPress blog will more than likely be ignored from now on (you’ve been good to me though…)

So, get yer ass over there, bookmark it, subscribe, get rss feeds and remember to tell your friends about!

Click HERE!


MagDesigner lecture at this years SOF

March 16, 2010

This years SOF (Slovenian Advertising Festival to us uneducated English speakers) kicks off next week. Amongst a host of top class speakers will be me! MagDesigner will be giving a 30 minute lecture on the future of digital magazine publishing, giving a unique and no doubt colorful insight into eMag publishing, specifically how to make them and how to make money from them.

So if you’re in the area, or if you’re bored and fancy a trip, hop on your good foot and get to Slovenia. It’s cheap to get there, they are the nicest people you could meet, the food is outrageously good and it’s as pretty as a picture.

I am speaking on Thursday 24th March at 2.15pm. Be there or be, er, somewhere else…

If you are going and want to meet up feel free to email me at editor@magdesigner.net

Visit the SOF website


iPad sells out quicker than Paris Hilton’s dignity

March 16, 2010

So, in the first 5 days of going on pre-order sale, Apple’s “game changing” iPad has sold a whopping 153,000 units. At a minimum of $499 per iPad that is a very promising sign that the iPad will be the success Apple and magazine publishers are hoping for. Of course it’s early days and we could find out that it is in fact shite. However it’s pretty unlikely. Word on the street is good, an Oscar night TV ad caused a lot of publicity and the press is generally billing it is an impressive piece of kit.

There is still no UK date or price yet either, so that 153,000 is outside Europe only, and when it comes to digital magazines Europe is the world leader both in terms of quality and readership numbers. This could have a large impact on the sales of iPads.

I know I’ll be buying one as soon as they go on pre-order…

Apple iPad


Ceros Media take on the iPad

March 16, 2010

If ever there was a band wagon worth jumping upon it must be the iPad.
Ceros Media, already leader in the digital magazine publishing market have announced there iPad concept is coming soon. The Application is very simple, basically just a PDF reader with video capability. How this will fair against the likes of Pixel Mags remains to be seen, but with Ceros’ impressive market share of digital mags it’ well worth keeping a beady little eye on.


New eMags from Mazda and Barclays

February 24, 2010

As one title gets stored in a bleak garage (iMotor) 2 new eMags have sprung up in it’s place. Redwood have just launched Zoom Zoom USA, the American edition of their very good Mazda contract title. Also Barclays bank have launched Smart Living, another very well made eMag. Both titles have been published using the excellent eDition publishing software and platform.

Check ’em out for yourself:

Zoom Zoom
Smart Living

Visit eDition at this years Publishing Expo (see below)


Publishing Expo starts today!

February 24, 2010

Drop you linen and stop your grinnin, today sees the start of the UK’s Publishing Expo.

Taking place in the sunny suburb of Hammersmith the two day expo is chock full of print and digital goodness. With companies like eDtion showing off cool stuff and more seminars than you shake a stick at, the show will be hugely beneficial for anyone interested in the world of eMags.

Check out their site here!
Check out the free eMag here!


Dennis Publishing “Close” iMotor

February 22, 2010

In a rather sad move Dennis Publishing today announced the closure of its eMag – iMotor. Well, maybe closure isn’t the right word, as iMotor will continue to publish “sponsored editions, that coincide with major launches or significant motoring events and shows”. It seems they are staying away from using the word “close” since it was such a popular brand and still has some legs, or wheels left on it.

Launched 24 issues ago shortly after the launch of iGizmo, iMotor made a big impact on both the motoring market and the eMag market. Becoming instantly loved by a shed load of readers iMotor was chock full of awesome interactivity; with games, quizzes excellent video reviews and a whole host of great digital content that no other consumer title could even think about competing against. iMotor was an excellent example of how an eMag should be made and it’s such a shame that it has closed before the masses took notice of it.

It’s decline has been put down to a “downturn in the motoring industry as a whole but we have also found it hard to convince manufacturers to make full use of the creative environment that a digital magazine offers” says Pete Wootton, MD of Dennis Interactive. This is a problem that all consumer eMag publishers face but it’s not all doom and gloom, the two other Dennis eMags Monkey and iGizmo have proven hugely successful as have the multitude of contract titles that have come from within the Dennis walls.

So it’s the end of an era for one title, but the birth of a new one as more and more people take to digital publishing and iPad magazines.

Check out the current, and last issue of iMOTOR