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New Yorker Launches Digital Edition; Free To Print Subscribers

imageAt first I thought the ad in last week’s New Yorker was a mirage, a promise of a digital edition that would arrive when the magazine was published — not a week later like the print edition. And when the post-registration response was a promise to let me know when the first edition was ready, let’s say I didn’t hold my breath. Turns out the wait was much shorter than expected: the first web-based digital edition arrived in my inbox late yesterday and I finally had the chance to open it today. Exactly as promised, it’s the complete print New Yorker in digital format. (Yes, I know some of you are anti-replica but some people want the magazine experience online.) Much of the magazine already appears online but timing varies to encourage newsstand and subscription sales; the cartoons are all online via CartoonBank.com. The New Yorker couldn’t provide anyone to talk about it today but here are some details:

— Despite the full-page ads offering a free four-week subscription or free access to current print subscribers, in-house, this is considered a beta and a soft launch. A one-year digital-only subscription runs $39.95, the same as the print promotion on Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) now but more than some other print offers.

— It’s searchable and comes with full access to the complete New Yorker archives dating back to February 1925. Pages can be printed but the issue can’t be printed intact — or downloaded — as far as I can tell.

— Delivery is promised “first thing Monday morning” before it hits most newsstands and mailboxes.

— In addition to containing all the print ads, the digital edition itself currently is sponsored by Chevron as a “special promotion.”

— The sign-up process for current subs needs to be streamlined. Those without a customer service account have to sign up for that first and then go through a separate process for digital access.

13 Responses to “New Yorker Launches Digital Edition; Free To Print Subscribers”

  1. K KUNHIKRISHNAN

    I have just registered for the digital edition. Very frequently I have been missing paid subscrption copies and hence the digital edition will to an extent fill the gaps, I hope!!
    I would like to know if I am interest, is printing of a piece allowed for my own keeping?
    Please calrify.

  2. I think the New Yorker digital edition concept is fantastic. Getting the New Yorker
    on the day it comes out is wonderful. You just have to get used to the process
    of selecting the pages you want to print and then go and watch TV for half an
    hour as it takes a while to download. I print out the pages and put them in
    a file for convenience. However, I think it is still really a beta with some bugs
    as this week (Feb 2nd issue ?) it isn't printing properly .

  3. Tim Hilts

    Excellent news for anyone living abroad, where weekly magazines subscriptions are impractically expensive.

    I take it the online edition is Web-only? The promotion page says "the convenience of the New Yorker in your email in-box." Is that just bumf and not true?

  4. B. C. Crawford

    Now that I have subscribed, I can't find the place to sign in. It seems that I can receive only another opportunity to subscribe. I know my password, etc., but I'm confused by this process.

  5. A clarification: you can select multiple pages to be printed at a time, though it is a bit tricky – you have to _select_ them page by page, but the printing can be done in one go.

    By the way, that means you can download them, sort of. Just select a virtual printer (ie. pdf output) and you're good to go.

    Beware, though, that the resulting file will be quite large. Mine was somewhere around 200 MB, as it's all images.