Updated December 16, 2013: From a recent gigaom.com posting:
Publishers must break free of the Newsstand and InDesign/PDF trap…
The Newsstand and tablet magazine honeymoon is over.
More here on the demise of tablet magazines.
Slate.com recently redesigned their site. Call me a Luddite, but the new design is a complete fail. Pages won’t load. There’s no search bar. Comment log-in/sign-up won’t load. Timeouts loading pages in a browser are interminable. The entire site update has been designed to be “looked at” and to “look pretty” on a tablet or smartphone. Ho-hum.
If you really want a summary of how some of slate.com’s formerly dedicated viewers feel about the site redesign, check out the comments – if you have time to wait for them to show up.
Here’s a timely article on why tablet/smartphone magazines are a fail on gigaom.com. Slate didn’t really turn itself into a smartphone/tablet mag, did they? Perhaps that’s why there’s no search bar.
I’ve already jumped ship to http://www.theatlantic.com/.