A third read tablet magazines ‘cover to cover’

Esquire: Hearst's tablet edition
Esquire: Hearst’s tablet edition
Almost one third of consumers read tablet editions of magazines “cover to cover” and few jump around apps using interactive tools, according to research from Hearst Magazines UK released to Media Week today.Hearst used an in-app survey in digital editions of Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Health, Red, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Esquire to quiz nearly 500 readers on their reading preferences for digital editions.Of the people questioned, 31.4 per cent said they read a digital issue “cover to cover” in a linear manner.In contrast, only 7.3 percent said they scrolled through small thumbnails of the pages to navigate the app, while 6.4 per cent use navigation features on the front cover or contents section to jump to certain articles.On average, readers claimed to pick up a digital copy and read it four times per issue and read an average of 67.8 per cent of their copy.

In comparison, print readers claimed to read 76.2 per cent of a print copy of a magazine according to the Quality of Reading survey from the Professional Publishers’ Association (then the Periodical Publishers Association) in 2000.

Consumers claimed to spend 103 minutes reading the digital edition, nearly double the amount of time readers claimed to spend on a print issue in the separate PPA research 13 years ago.

When asked what features would enhance advertising, the top two choices were a clickable link to find more about a product (chosen by 30.7 per cent as a feature they would definitely like in advertising) and photo galleries (27 per cent).

Max Raven, the group revenue director of Hearst Magazines UK, said: “Developing robust digital edition metrics and ensuring our advertisers and clients have the utmost confidence in our data is top priority.”

The research also found that 69.1 per cent keep a digital magazine for future reference, while only 11.3 per cent delete it.

Nearly half (45.7 per cent) claimed they intended to buy a mixture of print and digital issues in future.

The digital editions used were enhanced editions, re-designed for devices like iPad and iPhones, rather than a digital version of the print magazine created from PDF files.

Respondents surveyed had a medium age of 37. The survey suggested uptake of digital editions is still on the rise, as 23 per cent of those surveyed were first-time buyers of the edition. The largest proportion (48 per cent) was subscribers.

Hearst claims to be the largest digital publishing in the UK – added together, its digital editions have a larger circulation than any other publisher, according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations figures.

In September Hearst launched an Esquire Weekly app edition, a digital weekly edition of the monthly men’s magazine, priced at 99p.



4 Comments on “A third read tablet magazines ‘cover to cover’”

  1. Victoria says:

    Working in Zetenta Digital Publishing (www.zetenta.com/digital-publishing) where we specialize in tablet magazines development, we found that the interactivity is the key to readers’ engagement. The publishers must start thinking contents for tablets from the very start , so they can be fully taken advantage of, providing a rich high-value product that generates engagement. The market trends, applying this concept, not only will continue its rise, but will thrive

  2. Agreed Victoria, interactive publications that have been designed with tablets and smartphones as the first thought rather than an afterthought is vital for publishers in a world increasingly dominated by connected devices.

    Here are some interesting mobile statistics http://www.3dissue.com/mobile-marketing-statistics/

  3. tori says:

    Agreed, with children using tablets such as Ipads practically from birth, publishers must not simply think of the tablet version as a converted print version. Tablets make particular sense for publications that come out on a regular basis, saving trees and landfill space.

  4. John Klok says:

    Yes, it is true many people is now using tablet, smart phones or laptops for reading the magazines, news or eBooks. It is an easiest and simple way of reading the books or magazine anywhere and anytime. Digital Publishing is also very useful and easy method for publishers for publishing there contents.


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