Editions have been the traditional model of publishing since the invention of the printing press: the time when periodicals first took off. However, there can be little doubt in today's publishing world that the market has changed. Not only has there been a shift from traditional printing and distribution to digital formats, but now there is a decreasing reliance on the edition model.
Although the fundamentals of creating a digital magazine are much the same as the fundamentals of creating a paper magazine, there are some fairly major differences too.
Last week I read an interesting article from David Hicks exploring the reasons many publishers are reducing costs associated with the digital edition, mainly in creation and distribution. This got me thinking, "Is the digital edition dead?"
When it comes to publishing and distributing your magazine with a mobile app, there are a few different ways to format your digital magazine. Traditionally, publishers have published digital replicas - a simple PDF version of their magazine - which for many circumstances gets the job done.
It's the question asked by publishers no matter their size, "Can I really monetize digital magazines?" The short answer is yes - but it depends on the digital publishing revenue model you choose.