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Zinio Bringing Popular Magazines to the BlackBerry PlayBook?


Yesterday we pointed out a picture on RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook site showing a then unknown app with popular magazines featured. Having no idea what the app was I decided to open up to floor to our readers to figure out what it was and it looks like we have it figured out. The BlackBerry PlayBook render of the app looks exactly like Zinio.

In case you have never heard of Zinio (I hadn’t) they offer up popular digital magazines and books through their service. From what I can tell Zinio offers National Geographic, Rolling Stones, Harvard Business Review, and Popular Mechanics which are shown in the rendering on RIM’s site. What really clinches it is that their latest Zinio Reader4 beta is built on Adobe AIR which should be super easy for them to port to the BlackBerry PlayBook.

So it looks like we will probably hear an announcement about the PlayBook getting Zinio soon. What do you think?

Thanks to Tenniscpa and Michael for pointing this out!

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  1. yeah!

  2. I love it. Magazines have always been a favorite read for me.

  3. Very cool. I looked through the site and saw some magazines I’m going to subscribe to.

    I wonder if NYT will do a PlayBook app?

    • the NYT doesn’t need to have an app, thats the beauty of the Playbook, you can go on to the normal webpage that you would on a computer and see it as it is meant to be seen, not a scaled down app version like ipad

      • Although this is true, the NYT does have an app for computers that is based on Adobe Air. I tried it and found it looked nice. I didn’t stay on it because I got the NYT on my Kindle, I just prefer holding it than having it in my lap.

        If the Air App for NYT is available on Playbook, I might switch to that over my kindle.

  4. I love zinio magazines. They just look so sharp.

  5. I cannot wait for magazines on the PB!

  6. Hopefully, RIM also comes out with a comic book app for the PlayBook, like the IPad has.

  7. Magazines such as these are exactly the sort of “content” app that will be a perfect fit for the PlayBook. As long as each magazine doesn’t end up being an individual app like most of the eBook content in App World is right now.

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