NYTimes.com: Are magazines ready for tablet computers?

Magazine publishers are developing more mature products for iPhones now than when the industry first started making applications for smartphones, argues this article.

The apps were free, the features were a little weak compared to what independent developers could do, and the rich design of print didn’t translate to a touch screen.

But the iPhone edition that Esquire expects to release alongside its January issue will offer robust interactive features, and it won’t be free. The price, $2.99 a month, is small, but it is a big statement.

But can they use this experience to create better products for new tablet computers from the outset?

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