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Gordon R. Meyer
Another attempt at digital magazines
One of the most resilient criticism of "onscreen books" is that they too faithfully cling to the publication metaphor and end up feeling clunky, and sometimes a little sad. Magazines are probably a better fit for simulation, particularly because of their disposable nature.
Although I have purchased magazines published using the Zinio platform, I've never been satisfied with the way they work. Particularly because of the cumbersome authentication process, which ties the file to a particular computer. So when I recently received information about a digital form of The Bark magazine I was less than enthusiastic. But to my pleasant surprise I discovered a Flash-based approach that I think works very well. You can even download the magazine in PDF for offline reading. To see it, here's free issue of The Bark to peruse.
See also: PocSci's Interactive Magazine.