Monday, October 18, 2010

C! Magazine for iPad

My enthusiasm for magazines moving to the iPad has stopped dead in its tracks. Last week, I happily downloaded  C! Magazine for the iPad (free) and fired it up to see what they had to offer. Boy was I disappointed.

Let's get this out of the way first. Though I worked for dog years at a completing publisher, I've always admired C! Magazine. I've heard it been called all kinds of things -- "car mag made by conyo kids" is perhaps my favorite -- but there's no denying that it's good stuff. I'll admit I haven't read C! in a while now, but I have good memories of it. Maybe the iPad version can re-start me on reading the mag?

I feel like I have to apologize in advance because I probably know people from C! or others connected to the magazine. So perhaps there's some wisdom in not saying anything at all if you don't have anything nice to say because…

I have nothing nice to say about C! Magazine for the iPad. I'll just leave it there. I expected the same high quality as the print magazine, and I know they can do so much better. Okay, maybe I'm being harsh. It *is* free. And the photos are of the same quality as those in the magazine, so there is a silver lining.

At any rate, I wish the guys from C! the best because it's my belief that publishing needs to learn to make the switch to digital -- or at least publish in both print and digital -- if we're going to be publishing any content from the Philippines at all. This hasn't convinced me to cough up money to start reading C! on the iPad, but  well, it wasn't really meant to; it's free. Credit goes to them for jumping in where other publishers have hesitantly kept their distance (you know who you are). I'm looking forward to a better C! mag for the iPad.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Hi Vince, thank you, your correct, I too was very disappointed with our first public beta of C! for the iPad, please check out version 2.0 which is still free as we are still fully developing the medium. I appreciate your thoughts.

Many thanks,

Kevin C. Limjoco