Engadget recently announced that it would be entering the digital magazine market with a digital magazine dedicated to bringing the best of each week’s tech news to you in one place. Today, they have announced that Distro is available for free in the App Store.
It was hard to imagine what Engadget was getting at with this new magazine. The website is known for up-to-the-minute news about all things tech-related, so it seemed strange to come out with something that brings old news to its readers. It turns out, the idea is working great. I took a quick peek through a couple of issue and I love it. The news does not feel the least bit old. Stories within these pages are more like feature pieces that don’t really require timeliness.
The app comes with six back issues in its debut. Each magazine only has about seven or eight stories, plus an editor’s letter and a weekly comic. It is laid out beautifully, looking just like a high-quality magazine. You can view each page as a thumbnail and the Table of Contents includes links to pages.
Engadget promises that Distro will not be iPad-exclusive. Later this week, back issues of Distro will be available as PDFs and can be read on any platform. Future development will include Android and other mobile operating systems.
Although Distro should be sitting on your Newsstand shelf with the release of iOS 5, it’s not. Unfortunately, free apps can’t be a part of the Newsstand party. I think that is a silly requirement. My local magazine shop offers a whole rack of free publications as well as the rows of paid periodicals. Hopefully, this will change because Distro belongs on Newsstand.
Engadget’s new tech magazine is available for free. New issues come out weekly, with the next one scheduled to be released this Friday, October 14. Pick it up in the App Store today.