Zinio, LLC Announces Commitment to Microsoft Tablet PC Platform
Zinio to extend digital magazine experience to Tablet PC users
Comdex, Las Vegas, NV. (November 11, 2001) - Zinio, LLC, a leading
developer of innovative digital magazine technology and services, today announced its
commitment to the Microsoft Tablet PC platform. Zinio, which will launch its digital
magazine services in Q1 2002, delivers cover-to-cover digital versions of print magazines.
Zinio's digital magazine services will leverage the portability, form factor and display
capabilities of the Tablet PC platform to provide readers with an exciting, interactive
"The Tablet PC is an ideal platform for delivering the digital magazine experience," said
Kevin McCurdy, founder and CEO of Zinio. "Our technology takes full advantage of the
portability, high-resolution display and multimedia capabilities of the Tablet PC, as well as
the advanced features of the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system. With Zinio
and the Tablet PC, readers can access, store, search and read their entire archive of digital
magazines with a device that's about the same size and weight of a large single magazine
issue. This is the future of magazines."
Market research conducted jointly by Zinio and a leading worldwide magazine publisher
indicates that readers of traditional print magazines are interested in receiving and reading
digital magazines. In addition, consumers today own or have easy access to the technologies
necessary to enjoy digital magazines. Portable and desktop computers are widespread;
computers themselves are more powerful, with larger displays capable of high-resolution
images; storage capacity is both plentiful and inexpensive; and broadband Internet access is
growing rapidly. As new portable platforms - such as Tablet PCs - become available, the
market potential for digital magazines will grow exponentially.
"Zinio has created a great application that truly delivers a compelling on-screen magazine
reading experience," said Alexandra Loeb, general manager of the Tablet PC at Microsoft
Corporation. "With Zinio, the Tablet PC represents an optimal platform for digital
magazines as a result of Tablet PC's key features: the full power of Windows XP Tablet PC
Edition, the mobility, the high-resolution portrait display and the advanced multimedia
capabilities. With the Tablet PC, Microsoft, Zinio and leading magazine publishers will
fundamentally change the way people experience magazines."
While the Zinio system delivers the graphically rich, two-page layout of magazines to the
installed base of laptop and desktop computers as well as the forthcoming Tablet PC, the
portrait form factor and digital ink capabilities of the Tablet PC enable readers to reap the
benefits of the paper magazine metaphor in many ways. Zinio's highly intuitive digital
magazine interface goes beyond the print experience by providing interactive capabilities
and features not possible with paper. With the Tablet PC and Zinio, readers can enjoy their
favorite magazines anytime, anywhere and take advantage of features such as web
hyperlinks and audio and video integration, as well as automated issue retrieval, and tools
for searching, annotating, archiving and managing content.
About Zinio Digital Magazine Services
Zinio's complete digital magazine publishing solution is comprised
of three elements:
- Zinio Production Services(sm) elegantly recast the layout and design of print magazines into digital magazines, taking them one step further by embedding
interactivity and other features possible only in the digital medium;
- Zinio Reader provides a compelling and highly engaging end user experience; and
- Zinio Delivery System(sm) automates the subscription and retrieval process and makes
it possible for readers to purchase copies of current or back issues.
In addition, readers will be able to subscribe to a wide variety of publications or request individual current and back issues at