Digital magazines are now becoming popular, especially with the impending demise of print publications.
I have had some experience with publishing magazines on Apple’s newsstand platform and with over 12000 subscribers to my Newsstand magazine, Appville; I can safely say I have learned a thing or two.
Today, I decided to publish a version of the Appville magazine source code and give you some free page templates. In doing this, I hope it will help you in the journey of creating your own digital magazine.
I was inspired to release this template pack because I have been getting a lot of requests from people wanting to know how to go about publishing a Newsstand magazine. But you have to understand, it isn’t about the technology, the content of your magazine is what will decide whether it succeeds or not.
Marco Arment summed it up pretty well in his post here
“Publishing platforms will soon make it easier to get into Newsstand. But making magazine-quality content on a regular schedule, getting enough subscribers to pay when there’s tons of great online content for free, and keeping the subscribers interested after they’ve paid — those are hard, they’ll always be hard, and a lot of people are underestimating those challenges and thinking the biggest barrier is an app.” – Marco.
You can get access now
We have built an app that is already being used on the App store by a couple of magazines. You can now get access to it here.
What you Will Get
Let me introduce what you will be getting in the download
Magazine Issue Management
The first screen you will see is a list of issues that are available in your magazine. The app uses the issue management present in the iOS NewsstandKit.
I have included two other colour schemes in the app. Orange and Blue.
Magazine Page Templates
After downloading an issue, you can then start reading by tapping on the item. The magazine template previously used the Baker Framework but we have not replaced it with our own HTML display engine.
I have included 5 page templates. See them below
The Full Page Image Template
The Contents Page Tempate
The Article With an Image Template
The Plain Article Templates.
I have included 3 plain article templates here. The main difference between them is the colour and typography. I got some inspiration from the Big Book of Font Combinations to layout the typography.
I found a mixture of iOS-Native fonts to use and here they are.
- Avenir (for the Headers)/Baskerville (for the articles)
- Futura (for the Headers)/Optima (for the articles)
- GillSans (for the Headers)/Baskerville (for the articles)
How to Use – And Download link
Go here to get a free version that you can run today and create your Newsstand app. The premium version allows you to add subscriptions and in-app purchases etc.