Digital publishing news for September 18, 2013
Wine Enthusiast has launched a new app called the Tasting Guide which is available on the Apple App store and will be available on Google Play on September 25th. Wine Enthusiast says,”Users can browse thousands of Wine Enthusiast ratings and reviews, or scan a wine’s UPC to retrieve tasting notes while on the go. Share your latest discoveries instantly via Facebook or Twitter, and also keep a journal of the pours you’ve tasted and loved. The interactive Vintage Chart, a one-of-a-kind feature, guides users on their wine purchases and restaurant selections by revealing what to drink when.” The app also incorporates a rewards program where you can earn special discounts on wine as well as access to the latest magazine articles.
Winemag.com has been updated to be mobile responsive. Wine Enthusiast says, “The cutting-edge design enables readers to view all of Wine Enthusiast Magazine on any mobile device. Go from wine novice to expert with the Wine 101 quick links, get party-guide that include recipes, pairing tips and playlists, plus watch Wine Enthusiast TV videos that get you behind the scenes of world’s top wineries.”
First Female Managing Editor Named At Time Magazine
The New York Times is reporting that Nancy Gibbs has been named the first female managing editor at Time. Christine Haughney writes, “Ms. Gibbs, who started at Time as a fact-checker 28 years ago, succeeds Richard Stengel, who is leaving to work for the State Department after seven years in the job. She was most recently Mr. Stengel’s deputy.” Fun fact: Ms. Gibbs has written more cover stories for Time than any other writer. Ms. Gibbs stated, “I think I am the first editor to take over when our digital audience is bigger than our print audience.”
Vibe Makes a Comeback
FishbowlNY is reporting that Vibe has been resurrected as a quarterly magazine. SpinMedia purchased the publication back in April and had intended on shutting the magazine down. It seems they had change of heart. Fans of the urban culture and music magazine can pick up the 20th anniversary edition soon.
Forbes Gets Personal
BtoBOnline is reporting that Forbes has introduced a new page architecture to their site. BtoBOnline writes, “Forbes has introduced a new website page architecture featuring “scrolling streams” of personalized content along with Forbes’ native BrandVoice content and sponsored posts. The new pages will include ad units on both sides of the content as the user scrolls down, rather than stacked at the top and right columns of the page.” This new architecture also determines how many ads are placed on a page based on the articles length.