Just read another enlightening Daring Fireball post, this one about Apps being the new channels.
They’re absolutely right. While I can’t comment on the specific sales at my publishing house, I will say this: our launch on Apple’s Newsstand was a great thing (and something I’m proud to have spear-headed and saw through to launch). I was joking around with someone else heavily involved in the launch just last night. We were talking about how well it was doing and we came to the conclusion, quite sarcastically but earnestly:
It’s almost as if creating a good product that looks beautiful and breaks down the barrier to purchase (Apple’s one-click) results in increased sales.
So, for the barrier breakdown and architecture, thanks, Apple. To the beautiful product, thanks Design team. In regards to what this model will mean for all the other mass forms of media, as suggested in Daring Fireball’s post, I can’t wait.