At PCWorld we’ve been producing digital versions of our print magazine issues for the past 10 years. But during most of those years, the digital versions were available only in PDF format—first through Zinio, later through Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook, and most recently through Google Play—as exact copies of the print PCWorld magazine issues. In the past year, however, thanks to evolving technologies and capabilities, we’ve moved beyond the limitations of print (and PDF replication) to offer our readers a better digital magazine experience. Last May we launched the PCWorld Digital Magazine Enhanced iPad Edition, and now we’re now offering current print subscribers free access to it.
We’ve designed the Enhanced iPad Edition to deliver the best possible experience of PCWorld magazine on the iPad, optimizing the pages to work with all iPads (running iOS 5.0 or later) and including support for high-res Retina displays. The enhanced format enables us to provide rich multimedia content not available in print, including videos, interactive slideshows and features, and other multimedia elements. And because we’ve remastered the magazine content into an iPad-friendly layout, you can use the intuitive gestures and touchscreen capabilities native to the iPad to navigate through each issue. Your options include using the interactive table of contents, swiping from page to page, or gliding through article content from the tip of your finger. Embedded links take you directly to related information within the issue as well as to websites for additional content; and the app allows you to bookmark and share articles via email and Twitter.
Print subscribers can access the PCWorld Enhanced iPad Edition in four simple steps: Download the app from the iTunes App Store; tap My Account to log in; enter the email address you provided when you signed up for your print subscription; and enter your PCWorld magazine account number (located on any print issue).
Once you’ve logged in, your free issues of the Enhanced iPad Edition will appear monthly in the Newsstand app. If you aren’t sure what email address you entered at the time of your subscription order, or if you need to add your email address to your account to get access, you can visit PCWorld Magazine Customer Service, and update your account. For more-detailed directions with pictures, see http://www.pcworld.com/subscribe/free-ipad.
Alternatively, you can buy the Enhanced iPad Edition through the iPad Newsstand for $1.99 per issue (as a recurring monthly subscription) or for $6.99 for a single issue. To learn more about the other types of subscriptions and magazine formats we offer, go to pcworld.com/premiumcontent/magazines.
We aren’t ignoring Android and Kindle Fire users, either. PCWorld Enhanced Editions designed for the Android and Kindle Fire platforms will debut soon, and will offer a top-of-the-line digital experience on those devices. We’ll be announcing those versions in the near future; stay tuned for more details.
Meanwhile, check out our other PCWorld Premium Content offerings, including the PCWorld Daily app, which delivers the best of the daily news about technology along with special online features to the iPad. And don’t forget our PCWorld Superguides—our eBooks series offering practical how-to advice, in-depth features, tips and tricks, and more.