Just a week after Time offered free iPad access to Time, Sports Illustrated, and Fortunefor its print subscribers, Condé Nast has matched and bettered that offer with The New Yorker: Print subscribers can now access the full magazine on the iPad for free, and newcomers can also get in-app subscriptions for $6 per month or $60 per year. (Time’s publications still offer no in-app paid subscriptions.)
Until now, The New Yorker charged $6 per issue on the iPad, regardless of whether or not you were already a print subscriber. This new subscription pricing is thus better in numerous ways: Print subscribers get free access and new subscribers pay just $1.53 per issue on a monthly basis, or $1.27 when prepaying a year in advance.
Neither Condé Nast nor The New Yorker have said whether it reached a special agreement with Apple on pricing or subscriber data, as rival publisher Hearst hinted it had last week when it announced upcoming iPad subscriptions for Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and O.
Currently, New Yorker subscriptions are available only in the U.S. and Canada, though the magazine says it hopes “to be able to give the same access to international subscribers beyond Canada and to existing digital-only subscribers.” In addition to the magazine’s 47 weekly issues, iPad subscribers will also gain access to bonus content each week: This week that bonus content includes extra cartoons, a slideshow tracing the evolution of a millisecond in a Pixar film, and other exclusive photographs and stories.