Sunday, June 2, 2013

Digital Magazine Usage Growing via Tablet Users


Digital Magazine usage is growing with people who have adopted tablets into their lifestyle. Recently a survey polled 1,293 people on how they have adopted digital magazines into their daily reading habits. 26% of the respondents prefer reading on their tablets, rather than the printed variants.

One of the most interesting aspects of digital magazine of the survey was the fact that tablet owners tend to spend more. This is partly attributed to the higher population of users who have purchased the iPad.62% of all respondents own an Apple branded device, while 26% use the Kindle Fire. 47% of tablet owners have spent between $1 and $99 in the last 12 months, but 39% have spent $100 or more. Given the current subscription cost of a yearly subscription, most people are subscribing to 2 or 3 different magazines a month. In essence, they are saving money, reading more, on a tablet, rather then buying it from a magazine or book store.

At the same rate of growth, Mequoda predicts the number of digital magazine subscribers will rise dramatically to 77% by 2020, as the industry embraces digital and the prices of the hardware decrease further.

Digital Magazine Usage Growing via Tablet Users is a post from: E-Reader News

MagPi issue 13: out now, and free to download!

Team MagPi have wiped their bleary eyes after celebrating their first anniversary issue, and come up with a magazine for June that will have you playing the Archimedes version of Elite on your Pi, writing racing games in Scratch, and making music with Schism. You’ll learn how to solder up a LED matrix, find out about the growing number of expansion boards available for your Pi – and this month, there’s a very special cover feature.

You might remember reading about Amy Mather here a few months ago. She’s thirteen, and she’s a super-articulate, super-smart young coder, who we think is one of the best advocates for computing we’ve come across. You can read an interview with Amy in this month’s magazine, where she talks about what resources are available for parents, about young people and coding, and offers us at the Foundation a few ideas for design changes. They’re good ones, too – and much more practical than some of the suggestions that adult readers make. (You, the chap who wanted us to move all the ports onto one side of the board. I’m looking at you.)

As always, there are plenty of type-in listings for you to get your teeth into, a competition, details on Pi events near you, and much more. As always, we at the Foundation would like to say a HUGE thank you to the MagPi team. They’re all volunteers, they don’t get any help from us, and they produce a free magazine every month that we think shows the very best of the Raspberry Pi community. Thanks, guys – we’re looking forward to next month’s issue!

Video: Interview with Bestselling Author Sylvia Day


Sylvia Day is one of the best examples of an author who publishes on her own terms. She self-publishes and has a line of bestselling books dubbed “The Crossfire Trilogy.” Her stories have been translated into several languages, she’s been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the EPPIE award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Readers’ Crown, and multiple finalist nominations for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award of Excellence. We caught up with her at Book Expo America and talked about always having to always be “on” in the world of social media and how she handles interacting with fans on her website and Twitter. We also talk about how she goes about writing a book and the best environment to make it happen.

Video: Interview with Bestselling Author Sylvia Day is a post from: E-Reader News

CBS Acquires Majority Stake in TV Guide Digital


TV Guide Digital has been operating as a joint venture between CBS and Lionsgate. Not only do 16 million users visit the website every month to check out what’s on the boob tube tonight, but they also read the Android and iOS apps. CBS has announced that it has purchased the 50% equity stake that Lionsgate owned, and now is in complete control of the entire digital property.

“TV Guide is one of the most-enduring and iconic brands in the world of television and video, and we’re proud to welcome TV Guide Digital to the CBS Interactive family,” said Jim Lanzone, President of CBS Interactive. “ and TV Guide Mobile have the biggest and most-engaged audiences in the valuable TV information category, making them a perfect fit for our portfolio of premium content brands.”

CBS interactive is a juggernaut when it comes to strategically purchasing significant digital properties. It currently owns CNET, GameSpot,,, and Metacritic. All of these companies represent some of the most visited sites on the entire internet. The addition of the TV Guide into its portfolio will make the broadcasting company a digital force to be reckoned with, with the vast majority of them being reading related.

CBS Acquires Majority Stake in TV Guide Digital is a post from: E-Reader News