My vision about the future of digital magazines.
A magazine is a framed collection of content that is distributed at regular intervals.
In the 21st century, a digital magazine should not be static pages. It should be rich with today's arsenal of multimedia - images, animated images (gifs), animations, interactive content, videos, links, etc.
The current method of packaging a digital magazine is scanning its pages as they would appear in real world, compressing them into image/document(pdf) files, and distributing to the user through the App Store magazine section. The user then downloads the large bulky file, and reads it page by page, flipping through, what essentially are technically, "images in a fancy gallery app.".
Then there are ads. Maybe there is a better way to package ads too, but thats a different discussion.
Image/document files are big, not interactive and quite frankly, very ineffective. A 40-50 page magazine can have a file size of up to 100mb. Thats a large file to download. A much better method would be to treat the magazine like how a web browser treats a webpage.
A HTML/CSS based webpage is also much more efficient at presenting content than standard image/document file formats. (unless all pages are images anyway). It is also much more flexible with interactive content.
This is my opinion. I would like some opinion on this issue.
Let the discussion begin.