Popular electronics website The Next Web will be expanding its publishing to a new monthly magazine app, which is designed for the iPad.
The app, which is titled “TNW Magazine,” was built with by Editor-in-Chief Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, with a small, three person team. Unlike the site’s standard iPad app, TNW Magazine will focus on longer feature pieces, plus short snippets of major news stories, videos, and reviews from the blog.
TNW is just one of several smaller sites that have been able to take advantage of Apple’s App Store to publish content on a large scale without a major publishing site. With the App Store, blogs are able to move into other digital publishing ventures without much risk. Magazines were once restricted to the big publishing houses, but that is no longer the case.
Engadget also recently successfully launched its own digital magazine app, Engadget Distro, which displays the best articles from Engadget plus a weekly editorial that brings readers up to speed on any news they may have missed.
Unlike, Engadget, TNW is planning on charging a fee to access its magazine, which is currently priced at $9.99 for the year. Sure, that’s just $0.83 cents per month, but are people willing to pay that for a minor publication? Are you willing to pay that for The Next Web’s magazine?
If you want to check it out, TNW Magazine is currently available for download in the App Store. The first issue is free, so you can get a feel for the content before deciding to purchase a subscription.