We are following TRVL publishing since the beginning and it is extraordinary how the guys behind the magazine have been consistent about their publishing model and serious about content.
TRVL is a free magazine about travel, with each issue becoming a photography rich monography focusing on a location. Issues are completely free for users as well as the App itself, exception made for the special issue about Afghanistan by photographer Ton Koene which is priced at 1.99$. They are now offering a monthly subscription for 0.99$ which is basically a workaround to enable Newsstand compatibility. The feature is indeed available to publishers to sell subscription for a price. In any case TRVL editors will donate the revenue coming from subscriptions, keeping up the free magazine model.
MagPlus team started a contest for designers. Build an awesome magazine with the MagPlus technology and you could win a free publication using their set of tools for Indesign.
The idea behind the contest is fresh and very well thought. The contest will run from today to the deadline on November 28th, last day to submit the compiled .MIB of the generated issue. There is no need to build a full magazine, but just a few pages could be created to pitch the look and idea behind the design.
On December 7th a jury from Bonnier Corp. will select three final candidates and will start a public voting contest on facebook to declare the winner on Decemeber 16th. The winning project will be the one that receives more likes on the facebook page.
The idea is great because both MagPlus and the designers participating will get visibility, with the opportunity to deliver a beautiful new digital magazine to the App Store using MagPlus technology.
The jury is a team of professionals behind great Bonnier Corp digital magazines.
You can download the tools to create the digital magazine in Adobe Indesign from here