Yesterday I posted about Laker Compendium, an HTML 5 based iOS app framework for publishing magazines yourself. It looks very nice, but it still requires a lot of work and tweaking around in Xcode.
Today I found out about The Periodical Co, a new shop that has set out to create a platform for building your own Newsstand iOS app — all without needing to know code. The best part is that the price is only a cut of your subscriptions — sounds like a win-win to me. What will be interesting is to see how this is accomplished, but I for one am keeping a close eye on this. I very much hope that it is done in a way that utilizes simple Markdown or HTML formatted text files that are uploaded somewhere to create a new issue — after the publisher sets the overall design. That’s what I am looking for:
- Allow me to create a look.
- Allow me to push content into the app at will, you can call them issues if you want — I don’t care.
I have a feeling this is just the tip of the iceberg and can’t wait to see what the future holds with this micropublishing movement.