Read magazines and newspapers on the iPad

The iPad is the ideal device for bookworms. Magazines and newspapers "shine" on his retina display. Which functions, providers and apps does the iPad offer for digital newspaper reading? We present you the best options.

The expectations for the iPad were great. Even before the tablet PC's first presentation, many observers traded the device as a savior of the print industry. Apple would make similar waves with the iPad as it did nine years earlier with the iPod. Complete industries would be turned upside down. Magazines and magazines would finally make the leap into the digital age. About eight years later there is little left of this euphoria. Apple's relationships with publishers and retailers like Amazon continue to be challenging. It all started so promising.

Already on the first iPad keynote in January 2010, Steve Jobs positioned the tablet as a comfortable reader, for surfing the internet, reading e-books and navigating through apps. The corresponding demonstrations presented the then Apple CEO therefore right in the cozy reading chair. Even after the launch, Apple focused on magazines and magazines with the iPad. In February 2011, the news corporation of Rupert Murdoch presented the first daily newspaper for the iPad. Apple supported this step with media impact and new features in the App Store. For the first time, magazines and magazines providers were able to process digital subscriptions directly on the App Store.

In the summer of 2011, Apple then added more features to its iOS 5 operating system. For the first time, the "Newsstand" provided its own overview for magazines and magazines. The kiosk was a mix of app and folder. Publishers were able to offer their own apps in this overview. The newspaper kiosk also had its own special functions. For example, the apps started downloading new editions in the background - so users always had the latest edition on their tablet. The apps in the newsstand could also change their icons automatically. As a result, they always received the cover of current issues. A button led users directly to the Newspapers and Magazines category in the App Store.

Unfortunately, the newsstand was not a success story for either Apple or the publishers. Apple's terms of admission to the newsstand were generally considered too stringent. The subscription prices in the App Store, for example, could not be higher than on the website of the magazine - although Apple on the App Store subscription 30 percent of revenue for themselves. In addition, Apple manages the subscription data, so that publishers no longer had a direct line to their own customers.

The newsstand has therefore not last long. With iOS 7, Apple presented in 2014 a new design for the newsstand. The kiosk has been completely discontinued since iOS 9.

Digital Experiments

Apple's own experiments have failed. Small and large publishers have since been trying to find their own happiness on the iPad. In addition to the prestige project "The Daily" experimented mainly independent authors and app developers on the iPad.

The Tumblr and Instapaper co-founder Marco Arment also tried on an iPad magazine. His "The Magazine" appeared every two weeks in the iPad newsstand. Each issue contained its own texts and essays on technology and lifestyle. At $ 1.99 per issue, the cost was as manageable as "The Daily." But even this iPad-focused experiment had to fail after almost two years. Too few new subscribers were unable to stop the many layoffs.

Since then, the iPad has become calmer as a reader for magazines and newspapers. However, the demand and corresponding offers are still to be found in the App Store.


If you want to use your iPad for digital subscriptions today, there are still many options. The search is just a little bit more complicated than before.

The first port of call is Apple's iBooks Store. Although you will find e-books, audiobooks and digital comics, but unfortunately no daily newspapers or magazines. But you can use the iBooks app to read PDF files. If your print subscription contains such files, you can read them on your iPad. This is especially easy with AirDrop, iCloud or Dropbox. However, this solution gives away a lot of potential of the tablet. The search for alternatives makes sense.

Amazon's Kindle app is one such alternative. Here customers from Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited can directly access the offer of these flatrates. In addition to e-books and digital comics, there is also a separate section for magazines. However, the choice is very limited.

You can only find the full range of magazines and journals using a web browser. In the section "Newsstand" you will not only find digital magazines, but also newspapers like "Die Welt", "Die Zeit" and "Süddeutsche". International newspapers and magazines are also available here. You can buy individual issues from Amazon or subscribe right away. With the subscription you receive a free test phase of 30 days.

The reading comfort of the individual magazines is not particularly high. In portrait format, the iPad displays a printed page in the individual view, in landscape format a whole double page. A special view does not seem to exist for the iPad. The double-page view, for example, provides a too small text for relaxed reading. A double-tap on text blocks does not zoom in on them. Instead, there is only a small zoom on the entire page. Apple's iBooks app works better with PDFs.

Failed: The Daily

Publishers and independent authors have both tried to do exclusive publications on the iPad - without success. Above all, the prestige project of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. He founded a digital daily newspaper for the tablet. "The Daily" was launched in February 2011. That was just before the unveiling of the second iPad generation. The Daily only cost $ 0.99 a week and provided readers with new news every day. The large-scale experiment failed but already about two years later. In December 2012, the last issue of the iPad newspaper appeared.

The App Store

You can find the largest range and the best solutions in Apple's App Store. There are too many newspapers, magazine titles or entire publishers own iPad apps. A separate category for "newspapers and magazines" will help you with the search. The apps are usually free. For the expenditure of the magazines and newspapers are usually liable to pay. Often you can buy individual issues directly in the app. Some also offer paid subscriptions via iTunes or the App Store. Alternatively, there are often corresponding subscriptions for digital editions directly from the publishers - for example, as a combined subscription with corresponding print editions together.

Most digital magazines are similar in navigation. With horizontal swipe gestures you scroll through the output. Individual articles scroll from top to bottom across the screen. With a double tap you zoom into the article. Often these contain small multimedia highlights such as picture galleries or videos.

The big drawback of the app solutions: Finding such programs is difficult, because the App Store now has more than one million apps. This makes it difficult to browse for new magazines and magazines. The search function only works if you know in advance what you are looking for. In particular, newspapers often also run several apps with a similar name in the App Store: one app for the presentation of online texts, another for digital print editions. Therefore, there are now a variety of providers that bundle like Apple's newspaper kiosk several publications and publishers in one app.

Digital kiosk instead of own apps

In the App Store are various apps, the same several Bundle publishers, newspapers and magazines. For example, Zinio: The offer is great, but also filled with many international publications. This makes the search unfortunately very confusing: Often you only recognize at second glance, in which language the magazine is written. Newspapers look in vain for Zinio. The navigation is tough and confusing, the cover presentation of individual magazines is resolved far too low. The app leaves the impression that it is outdated. The developer hardly seems to care about his program.

The iKiosk is completely different. Here you will find a variety of magazines and newspapers. These can be purchased individually or ordered by subscription. The assortment is organized according to different genres or topics. Search international titles here but in vain: The offer so far focuses on the German-speaking market. The appearance of individual magazines and newspapers is reminiscent of Apple's iBooks app. So you can just zoom in on the publications. A direct selection of articles via the table of contents does not work. There are also no multimedia elements such as videos or picture galleries. This hurts the reading comfort.

A good mix of both, however, provides Readly. With this offerer particularly the price model is interesting: With a monthly flatrate of 9,99 euro you read yourself through the entire offer. The app focuses on magazines. These are displayed in a PDF view. Readly also gives away a lot of potential. In return, there are some clever features. For example, you can bookmark articles or share them on social networks as image files. Especially nice is the text view of the article. This will hide the magazine layout completely. What is left are texts and pictures - a very comfortable reading view. The app puts the magazine cover in the foreground in the navigation. Thanks to the large, also international offer, the lovingly designed app and the flat rate price model, Readly leaves the strongest impression.

News instead of newsstand

With iOS 9, Apple removed the newsstand from the operating system. As a replacement, there was the new App News, with which you can read news. The app feeds its content from the web sites of major partners such as "The New York Times", "Variety" and "CNN". You can follow sources and topics. The result: a compilation of news to a digital daily newspaper. The app attaches great importance to reading comfort. Unfortunately it does not support German language or German sources.

New Concepts for the Future

Those who rely on completely new concepts in reading articles and news can also find corresponding apps in the App Store. Above all, the offer of Blendle. Here are not complete magazines or magazines, but individual articles - ideal for Vielleser, who would like to pick only the best of the various providers. Here you will find a wide range of newspapers and magazines. Instead of paying for the entire issue, you only buy and read individual articles. The prices are often in the cent range. The cost will be deducted from your Blendle balance. The selection could be larger, but there are also renowned international publications such as the "New Yorker" or the "Time" in the offer. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to see the costs of individual articles in advance. But the prices are not high. In case of erroneous purchases, you will automatically receive your money back. In particular, Blendle convinces with its low prices and a fair offer.

The Google Play Newsstand, on the other hand, takes a very different approach. Here you will also find print products in the web view. In addition, the app creates a digital newspaper with a best-of offer from Google News. You automatically receive suggested topics in your Google profile. But you buy digital newspapers and magazines in the web browser instead of in the app, which is a bit confusing.

Even Apple is not idle. Following the hiring of the newsstand, Apple News is realigning. With the app you bundle online offers from various sources and publishing houses. The app is free. The reading comfort is particularly high due to the simple article views. Unfortunately, Apple offers the app only for the US market. Therefore, you must switch your iPad to the US region to use this app. Whether Apple News will find the official route to Germany remains uncertain.

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