08/31/2010 05:14 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

iPad vs. Magazines

Since Apple released the iPad in April 2010, three million people people have dropped $499 (or more) to get their hands on one. Many bought it believing that iPad would be the future of book and magazine consumption. And publishers quickly began pumping out iPad editions of their products.

So how are iPad magazines faring so far? Will the predictions come true? What will it take for digital magazines to replace their print editions?


Though Apple has allowed some magazines to let their print subscribers have free access to their iPad versions, magazine readers have no option to buy a digital-only subscription.


Shane Snow is a writer and web entrepreneur in New York City. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Shane has written for Wired, Mashable, Gizmodo, and Fast Company. He runs the online printing site and draws infographics about savings accounts and other financial topics for