Pixel Mag offers several magazines but we tried the "How It Works" publication. Once you install it, you will find a virtual wood bookshelf with the available issues sitting on it. At the time of writing there are a total of seven magazines, and each issue is $2.99. There are also options to buy a 6 or 12 month subscriptions at a reduced cost. The implementation of the reading mechanics is done nicely as well. A drag across the screen gives a visual page turn, and once on a page a double tap gives an exploded view that can be manipulated further for detailed viewing. A single touch brings out a menu at the top with page images at the bottom, allowing you to quickly swipe through the pages and select what you want. You can also add bookmarks, scroll through a table of contents, and search for any word. On top of this, you can also share a magazine with a friend. The way this works is simple - you cannot access the mag while your friend has it, until either they give it back or 4 days has passed, in which case it automatically reverts back to you. Very nice.
The Apple iPad promises to shake up the e-reader market. Suddenly there is a popular tablet style device that can serve as a great medium for magazines in all of their colour glory.
While still in its infancy, several very interesting magazines are available today on the device, with most taking advantage of the unique mechanics the device offers. One thing worth mentioning is that you can universally grab a screen shot of any content on the iPad and save it or share it later.
With the publishers responding with their own different offerings and approach, we check out which magazines are worth reading.