Exciting new stuff has happened since I finished my thesis. And that’s the shit part as well; as soon as you hand in your thesis on new media, it’s outdated.
Nevertheless, one of the most interesting things I came across lately is TRVLzine, a travel magazine made exclusively for the iPad. Although Richard Branson claims to be making the first exclusive Ipad magazine ever, it is actually done by two Dutchies.
The founders of TRVLzine a major advantage of the iPad for publishing; avoiding printing and distribution costs. By circumventing this, costs are cut and authors profit from this. As I have already researched, it isn’t easy to make money as a travel journalist (see my blog ‘How do Travel journalists actually make money?’). Costs of researching and writing travel stories are very high and payment isn’t big at all. This is also why so much travel journalism is sponsored. Writing, publishing and selling stories only for the iPad is a great new opportunity for travel writers.
Combine this with the fact that travel journalism becomes so much more attractive with beautiful pictures and illustrations and it’s not surprising that travel writing is on the frontline in developing iPad applications. What’s good for consumers is that you purchase per single article, so you don’t have to read about Marrakech or Cape Town when you’re going to Shanghai. And something else; it’s for free! But who knows how long it will stay that way…
Still without iPad myself I can’t judge what it looks like on full screen, but the previews look promising (and quite arty actually :-)). Interesting to see how this initiative will develop and how many more Ipad Only magazine’s will appear… Maybe a good reason to finally get one myself 😉