The People Magazine app for the iPad debuted today and brought evidence of an agreement between Apple and Time Inc. that allows publishers to offer free access to content in iOS apps. Fortune reports that this ends a months-long deadlock between Apple and publishers wishing to have more flexibility with in-app offerings for subscribers to paper editions of magazines.
Subscribers to People Magazine can log in to the app and download issues for free while non-subscribers can purchase individual issues à la carte. Similar options should be accessible soon for other Time Inc. publications available for the iPad and iPhone, including Time Magazine, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated.
This is exciting news for magazine lovers with iPads and iPhones since print subscriptions can often be had for much less than digital editions made available so far (we’re looking at you, Wired). For example, a print subscription to People Magazine costs just over $50 for 26 issues, which beats the in-app purchase price of $3.99 per issue (over $100 for 26 issues) by a large margin.