Amazon Stocking up on Digital Magazines Ahead of Android Tablets?

Could Amazon be adding a bunch of digital magazines to their repertoire in anticipation of their Android tablet launch?  It certainly looks that way. According to a website called Beyond Black Friday, the online giant has been busy lately, offering up a host of new Kindle versions of magazines.  They recently noticed that  multiple titles, including National Review, The New Republic, Reason, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and Just Justin (Bieber!) arrived over the last few weeks.  

Now we don’t follow Amazon’s digital magazine lineup very closely so we can’t say if these were just next in a series of offerings or if Amazon is increasing the speed in which new titles are added.  It’s very possible that they are simply rolling out new magazines, trying to broaden the appeal of Kindle.  As Barnes & Noble’s NOOK gets more tablet-like, Amazon may be countering with additional content.

On the other hand, it’s also not unlikely that this becomes another selling point of the Amazon branded tablet experience.  In fact, music, books, applications, and magazines converging around a  device from a trusted source sounds terrific to us.  How about you?

Respect knuckles to Jon Cog for the heads up.

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  1. Steven Appenzeller
    June 10, 17:28 Reply

    I’d expect some very competitive pricing for magazines on the “kPad” when it rolls out… maybe even an unlimited subscription multiple titles (like what they do for Amazon Prime  video streaming) for a very attractive price

  2. Jon Cog
    June 10, 18:15 Reply

    It’s not just that Amazon’s adding magazines to the Kindle store. It’s that the magazines are sporting a new feature – the
    ability to read the magazine with color images on an
    Android tablet or smartphone!

    Ostensibly Amazon is just catering to people who are using Kindle apps on color Android devices. But it really seems like they’re trying to beef up their tablet-compatible content!

  3. DSSD
    June 10, 23:59 Reply


    June 11, 13:48 Reply

    I’m excited to hear that Amazon is going to town on adding magazines to its electronic library. This was a huge attraction for me to get a tablet, reading magazines. I feel like there is still some work to be done, but mobile magazines are getting more plentiful and practical on tablets and with nook, Zinio, and Amazon competing, it’s only going to get better!

  5. Taimur Shehzad
    June 17, 11:34 Reply

    Magazines on iPad look stunning. I love reading digital magazines on iPads and iPhones. I use Other edition’s newsstand for reading digital magazines. Industrie Magazine

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