Magazines on the iPad. Three years ago, it seemed like a no-brainer. Designers would use simple tools to turn pages for print into pages on screen. Apple would make it easy to sell them as apps. Freed from the costs of printing and distribution, everyone could be a publisher. An industry would be transformed.
Yet here we are in 2013, and digital publishing is still complicated and expensive. There’s no credible software for creating magazine apps from scratch, and dozens of competing systems for generating them from page layouts created using existing desktop publishing packages. Since most of them charge hefty fees to actually publish your app, you’ll want to choose carefully. But where do you start?