It’s extremely important that print publications have a presence on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Time Inc. realizes this and will release tablet versions of its 21 United States publications before the year is over.
Expect to see digital versions of Sports Illustrated, Fortune, People, Time and others on sale for Android, iOS, the HP TouchPad and the Nook Color. The BlackBerry PlayBook was strangely absent from the announcement.
Nook Color owners will be able to purchase either single issues or subscriptions to the aforementioned magazines this month. Times other magazines will be available on the Nook Color later in 2011.
If you’re already a subscriber, you’ll be able to obtain the digital versions for free. The digital magazines will also include advertisements just like the print editions.