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Sub Rosa on the iPad

A few years ago we produced six issues of a free, downloadable magazine (as a PDF file) that we titled Sub Rosa. Each of those releases was downloaded by about 10,000 people – so I’m assuming we did a pretty good job. However, the time investment was significant and, being a free magazine, there was little return on that investment…so it fell by the wayside unfortunately.

One of the drawbacks of a PDF magazine was that people had to be sitting at their computer to read it. However, with the release of the iPad it occurred to me that Sub Rosa would work pretty well as a ‘tablet’ magazine – so last week I dropped into the local Apple store and downloaded an issue to take a look. I only opened it using Safari – so it did struggle a little with the flow of the magazine and image manipulation – but it still looked great. I’d imagine it would work much better in a dedicated PDF reader such as GoodReader (note though I haven’t tested it). Check it out (and hang in there for the zoomable Alex Grey eye-candy):

So, if you have yourself an iPad, head on over to the Sub Rosa website and download all six issues. Makes me wonder whether this might be something worth looking at again in the next few years as touch tablet devices become more ubiquitous.

      1. It does
        It has a browser but it drains my battery so fast and an app has so much coolness factor potenial for TDG it’s on the lunatic level. After watching the video of Alex Grey’s painting(don’t know the names of his newer stuff) I would say just his artwork on an app would be amazing! Only issue I would see arrise is what would happen when one opens a link from the news post… There are options on how they would open; like in the actual browser or in a mini browser built in the app(like the digg app). Shit I would get it just for the app symbol!

        P.S. Earthling could you imagine an Alex Grey app after watching that video? It would be soooo amazing!

        Edit: nevermind thats BardoBeing, thought it was one of his painting from the 10,000 Days album.

        1. Volksempfänger
          Indded, the secret to success would be a special browser that lets you read TDG exclusively. Who needs another point of view, when everything there is is already covered?

          Unfortunately that won’t do anything about the power consumption 🙂

  1. Kindle
    I understand the new Kindle has a PDF reader too. Not in colour though. The Kindle has just been released in the UK – I have one on order. My budget wont run to an iPad and my employer provides an iPhone. I think Kindle eBooks are cheaper than the paper versions plus I’ve long ago run out of shelf space for more books.


  2. Weighing the pros and cons
    Should I buy an iPad? Hmmm…

    • On the one hand, the prudishness of Evil Steve would deny me the naked beauty of Heff’s playmates.
    • But on the other, I would get to read SubRosa anywhere I wanted.

    Boobies vs Gnosis. ‘Tis the age-old dilemma, ain’t it? 😛

  3. Sub Rosa on the iPad
    Sub Rosa in Single Page format works very nicely on the NOOK in the USA. Now I can take the magazines with me and read them at my leisure.

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