While straying into the web I ended on KeepMedia thro (http://theendoffree.com/), an alternative approach to eMagazines. I had written about an a Zinio in my earlier entry. In a day & age where free on the web really mean FEE(atleast for online publications), a consolidate subscription does make a lot of sense. As the technology gets to mature, I am willing to subscribe to one of these services. There are a lot of hurdles before the technology matures.
Gee, I just ran into 2 more services while investigating more on eMags for this blog entry lol 😉
Apparently this market seems to be more mature that I thought it to be! Newstand even has newspapers from India! Holly Molly! If only one could get the other popular newspapers to sign up.
While Zinio,qmags & Newsstand take the approach of download the magazine(pdf) to one’s local drive, Keepmedia seems to be archive them online and one has to subscribe to their service. I bet one of these companies are going to be picked up by amazon! Its a low hanging fruit. Atleast I hope they do! The price of the subscriptions should come down if they are bought over by a big company. The lack of marketing by some of these companies is what amazes me! I can bet that there will be atleast 50,000 subscriptions to Indian papers by non resident Indians. Make that 20$ a year per subscription that accounts for $100,000 in revenue. This is just one country, do the math and numbers would look much more interesting! The key to success is bundling some of the papers/magazines and offering a good yearly subscription fee. On second thoughts a NETFLIX like model would work even better!
On the flip side, there definitely lies the danger of eMagazines/eNewspapers fizzling out like eBooks! Although reading eBooks on handheld devices have definitely taken off. With all due respect to adobe, they have done a total piss ass job of their eBook format, I love the plucket format. May be a eNewspaper/eMagazine would work for handhelds as we speek and as tablet PC technology start to mature the existing technology would fit right in.