Tuesday Newsday: Worldwide News Sites

News Source Mobile-friendly web­site iPad App iPhone app Other apps Pay wall
New York Times sort of – m.nytimes.com jumps you to reg­u­lar site on tab­let; works on phones yes yes Android, Black­berry, Win­dows Phone 7 & Palm Pre; Also Kindle & Nook yes, after read­ing a cer­tain num­ber of articles
The Guard­ian yes – m.guardian.co.uk not for news (it’s a photo view­ing app) yes Nokia and HP Touch­Pad apps; Also Kindle and a Flip­board channel cur­rently no; rumoured to be con­sid­er­ing one
Al Jaz­eera yes – m.aljazeera.net yes – live news stream & news headlines yes, live view­ing of video news only Android, Black­berry, Nokia, and Sam­sung Bada; unof­fi­cial WP7 no
The Irish Times yes – m.irishtimes.com yes but you must buy indi­vidual copies yes, ePa­per for $1.99 Android, Nokia, had one pre­vi­ously, removed in 2008
The Onion not really, m.theonion.com resolves but isn’t any more mobile-friendly yes yes Android & Kindle, unof­fi­cial WP7 Test­ing one cur­rently: users must sub­scribe after read­ing five art­icles in 30 days

NYT WP7 App Top News    NYT WP7 App Article View

Al Jazeera iPhone App Splash Screen   Al Jazeera iPad App Front Page

Al Jazeera iPhone App Live Video Feed   Al Jazeera Windows Phone 7 App Splash Screen

Fun With Data & Goal-Setting

Experiments in Formatting News: A Better New York Times

Tuesday Newsday: Zite and the Best Aggregators

 Zite front page   Zite section selector

Zite Top Stories    Zite story with Preferences

AOL Editions Front Page   AOL Editions Opening Page

AUGH, My Eyes! My Eyes!

CS Forum: Designing Narrative Content Workshop

Tuesday Newsday: Amazon’s Kindle Cloud Reader

Button for Kindle Store in Cloud Reader     Cloud Reader Store

Tuesday Newsday: The Atlantic Magazine

iPhone Intro ScreenThe exper­i­ence on the iPad is slightly dif­fer­ent from that of the smal­ler devices.  On the iPhone, there is no option to sub­scribe, so the con­tent is all from the web.  It’s a well-designed exper­i­ence for a com­pact screen.  Instead of try­ing to cram in the rows of image boxes, it has a nice slid­ing panel with the eight top stor­ies of the moment, so you can swipe through the top stor­ies and see lar­ger pic­tures before you decide which one you want to read.  The nav­ig­a­tion is mostly the same with the cat­egory titles at the top.  Click­ing on the indi­vidual art­icles puts in sort of a frame-within-a-frame.  I found this to feel a bit “squished” since the menu and ad below take up a good amount of ver­tical space.  It would be nice to take this to a full-screen view to get a bit more space.

Top Stories NavigationArticle List Article on iPhone

The iPad on the other hand does allow users to sub­scribe and pur­chase indi­vidual issues.  I’ll focus mostly on the iPad since that exper­i­ence has a good bit more con­tent and has the inter­est­ing con­trast between the magazine and web content.

Welcome to Web App Magazines

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