Zinio comes to Android tablets, gives you 24 magazine issues for free
The iPad has yet to transform the publishing world as many expected it would, but some healthy competition from Android tablets should help to keep that process in motion. Zinio’s reader app is now available on select Android 2.2, 2.3, and all 3.0 tablets, bringing Esquire, National Geographic, and 20,000 other magazine titles to the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and a half dozen other devices. And, to kick off the launch, Zinio is picking up the tab on the most recent issues of 24 top magazines, as long as you download by June 15. Digital subscriptions are still often more expensive than their print counterparts, but at least Android tablet owners will have a safer place to hide their issues of Playboy. PR after the break.
ZINIO PUTS THOUSANDS OF MAGAZINE TITLES IN ANDROID MARKET FOR TABLET DEVICES
24 Top Magazines Given Free to All Android Users Who Download Zinio before June 15
SAN FRANCISCO, May 31, 2011 – Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand, announced today that its market-leading digital magazine experience is now available on Android 3.0 tablets. Thousands of magazines that satisfy every passion and hobby, from Road & Track and Rolling Stone to Robb Report, ELLE and BlackBook are now available to Android users on the Zinio app in Google’s Android Market. Whether they are at home on their PCs and Macs, or on the road with their Apple or Android tablets and select smartphones, magazine lovers get the most from their magazines with Zinio.
At launch, more than 20,000 magazines will be available through Zinio on Android devices spanning select 2.2, 2.3 and all 3.0 Honeycomb versions, including Motorola Xoom, LG Optimus Pad, Acer Iconia Tab a500, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and more. All Android users who download Zinio before June 15 will automatically be given – for free – 24 of the latest issues of top magazines across all major genres, including Cosmopolitan, ESPN The Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Men’s Fitness, O, The Oprah Magazine and Us Weekly
Unlike digital magazine options that require a different app for every title, or that are only available on one operating system, Zinio users get to keep all of their current and archived issues in one application, across multiple devices.
“Zinio offers the greatest breadth for magazines today, both in terms of device and platform availability and sheer number of titles globally,” said Rich Maggiotto, Zinio president and CEO. “We continue to deliver new features and platform availability that allows our users to enjoy their favorite magazines in the most compelling way. In the coming month, we will also be adding other operating systems to the mix to allow Zinio users access to their magazines from all of their devices, as well as introducing new ways to explore and enjoy digital content,” continued Maggiotto.
Android users who download Zinio will also be able to explore the interactive features in Marie Claire and Seventeen at launch, with other interactive titles, including Harper’s Bazaar, Harvard Business Review and Zinio’s sister company’s exclusively digital title VIVMag, available in the coming months. These titles leverage Zinio’s interactive capabilities to provide an enhanced reading experience including embedded video, dynamic ads, social connections and search.
Free Magazines upon Download, through June 15: AFAR, BlackBook, Cosmopolitan, ELLE DECOR, ELLE, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, Food Network Magazine, Harpers Bazaar , Harvard Business Review, Home Theater, Juxtapoz, Marie Claire, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, Motor Trend, O, The Oprah Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Road & Track, Robb Report, Rolling Stone, Seventeen and Us Weekly.
Android Device Availability:
• Android 3.0 Honeycomb Devices supported: Motorola Xoom, LG Optimus Pad, Acer Iconia Tab a500, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
• Android Preload Devices (Android 2.2, 2.3, 3.0): Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy S II, Dell Streak, Motorola Atrix, T-Mobile G2x, T-Mobile G-Slate
Zinio is where the world reads, interacts with and explores the largest selection of magazines across the most popular reading devices. No other platform provides global access to more than 4,200 magazine titles covering every major genre, industry, specialty and hobby. Zinio users currently download millions of magazine issues a month in 33 languages and 19 currencies – from every major global publisher. The company is focused on creating an intuitive and effortless reading experience that transforms how we read, from passive to active, from solo to social. With Zinio, readers can easily search for what they are passionate about, share with friends, save and curate content, shop for products and house and store all of their favorite magazines in their Zinio applications.
Founded in 2001 and privately held, Zinio is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, London, Paris, Barcelona and Taipei. For more information, please visit http://www.zinio.com. , or follow us on Twitter at @Zinio.