“Apple has finally put to rest the rumors and added the iPad to its mix of products. I’m sure there’s more to come before the iPad is even offered to the public, but as this article asks: Where’s the magazine store?
From TUAW: “Sure, there’re sites like emagazines.com that offer browser-based magazines, but there’s no one universal storefront for emagazines that’s easy to use. Even Zinio doesn’t make the emagazine buying experience as easy or pleasurable as buy a song from the iTunes store. Can you imaging what an iMag app might be like?”
The TUAW post goes on to make the case that magazines could benefit greatly from an iTunes-based, or separate app, store. Sure, nothing is perfect. And magazines would sacrifice a bit of control of distribution to go through Apple. But it beats the alternative of doing nothing.