Subscriptions on Android Tablets

Not to be outdone by Apple’s new venture with Hearst, it looks like we have a larger selection of magazines coming to Android Tablets.

According to this article from РTime, Inc., Hearst, Conde Nast, Meredith, and News Corp. are teaming up to provide subscriptions to Fortune, Time, New Yorker, Fitness, Parents, Esquire & Popular Mechanics from their respective publishers. All will initially be available on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but will follow with other Android devices by the end of the year, plus have at least 40 publications available in that same time frame.

Notice that Hearst in the company that recently announced its deal with Apple. Clearly they are hedging their bets by taking on the two platforms.

I have to say I am glad. Competition is good for the consumer. If companies make exclusive deals with Apple or Google it will limit their audience. I am not sold on the iPad… yet. And I worry that Apple’s good — but very closed & locked — ecosystem will be more beneficial to Apple than its users.

I can’t wait to see how the magazine market looks two years from now. It will be interesting.

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