Global e-reading service Kobo has just announced that it is now offering subscriptions to digital magazine and newspaper consumers using the Kobo e-reader or the Kobo apps for iPhone or iPad.
Kobo is currently offering about two dozen newspapers and magazines from the U.S. and Canada. These include publications likeThe New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation and The Harvard Business Review.
Subscribers can get a 14-day free trial before committing to subscriptions, which are automatically delivered to the iPhone, iPad or Kobo e-reader.
Kobo’s news stand is similar in scope and pricing as those offerings from competitors Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com, which both offer wirelessly delivered newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Titles are typically priced identically across the various stores.
The difference is that for most publications, Kobo also allows users to access subscription content from its iPad and iPhone apps. Last week, Amazon announced it would be making subscription content accessible from its Kindle apps “in the coming weeks.”
While it’s great that more periodical offerings are coming to Kobo and its reader and apps, we can’t help noticing that similar content shops, which all operate in their own walled gardens, are popping up all over the place.
In an ideal world, I would be able to subscribe to a digital edition of The New York Times for $19.99 per month and be able to access it on my iPhone, iPad, Kindle and from a Kobo reader or app.
Do you have any digital magazine or newspaper subscriptions?
Post by Christina Warren and can be found here: http://on.mash.to/9UR5uu