Interesting notes from this article in AdAge: Two Years Into Tablet Editions, Conde Nast Begins Regular Readership Reports

List of metrics:

The basic metrics that advertisers can expect will include:

-the magazine’s paid tablet subscriptions and single-copy sales during the reporting period
-the number of readers that actually opened the issue’s tablet edition, including print subscribers using their complimentary digital access
-the total number of times that readers opened it
-and the time that readers spent with it.

Each marketer that pays Conde Nast for a premium ad or at least a hotlink will get even more interesting information: how many readers accessed its individual ad, the total number of times that ad was displayed, the average time readers spent on it, and how all those results compare with the issue’s advertising as a whole.

And also:

The growing body of overall information on tablet readership is reinforcing some early impressions that are promising for magazines on tablets, according to Conde Nast.

Readers typically swipe through tablet editions from front to back, for example, the same way they work their way through print editions. They browse — taking in ads as they go — instead of jumping directly to specific articles the way web surfers do.

“Consumer behavior with digital editions of magazines is very much like their behavior with print editions of magazines, and very much unlike their behavior with websites,” Mr. McDonald said.

We’ve been paying particular attention to what other magazines have been doing with vertical and horizontal orientations. Moving to dual-orientation is a big step that demands a lot of investment because ALL your pages have to reflect your choice — you can’t throw a dual-orientation page in a magazine full of single-orientation articles.

I did, however, notice that Fast Company has decided to make their own rules on the vert/horiz thing — although they’re a vertical-only publication, they’re not afraid to ask their readers to turn the iPad on its side when a layout deserves horizontal.

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Paper by Colin Fleming over on Adobe site:

Best practices for using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
to publish to the new iPad

One interesting note that I didn’t expect:

“If only a 2048 folio exists on the Distribution Service: The folio will display ONLY on the iPad3. It will not be downloaded to the iPad or iPad2. Therefore, if you want to ensure that you are able to make your content available across all iPad devices you need to choose between one of the first two options above.”

Thanks to Chantal for this great link: 7 Lessons in Magazine iPad App Design: A Master Class with Creative Director Robert Newman

Some ideas he touches on:

-readability!
-plan it out on the wall, together
-interactive, but give some breathing room as well
-redesigning features is easy, redesigning departments is hard
-digital design planning influencing print templates (RD used as a sample image)
-dual or single orientation?
-digital covers should match print covers

Expanded crop:

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Tailor-made pose!

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Making use of horizontal with two ads in one:

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Totally different collages from vertical to horizontal:

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Or, in the case of Bloomingdales, do nothing at all and fill in the background with black:

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