Zinio, the popular magazine reader application for mobile devices, is now available to all Android users running OS version 2.2+. Previously only compatible with Honeycomb-outfitted tablets, Zinio at last gives the rest of the Android community access to its enormous library of full-color digital magazines.
If you haven't heard of Zinio, it takes magazines off the shelves and puts them into your mobile device, letting you buy single issues of or subscriptions to some of your favorite titles. Issues are available either in full color or in text-only mode, and some even include interactive rich media features. Unless you're a print magazine purist, it's a much more convenient way to do your reading on the go.
What's more, to celebrate the big release, the folks at Zinio are giving Android users free access to 12 current issues of popular magazine titles until August 15. Users get to enjoy the latest from BlackBook, Bike, ESPN The Magazine, House Beautiful, Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, Maxim, Outdoor Photographer, Redbook, Robb Report, Seattle Met, Surfer, and Wine Enthusiast. Also, users on the T-Mobile network get five additional free titles from T-Mobile's U.S. "Freemium" offering, located inside the library of the Zinio Android app.
"Our goal is to give every magazine lover worldwide, regardless of platform, an immersive and seamless way to connect to and engage with their favorite stories--creating a comprehensive and compelling newsstand that is controlled by the individual and customized to their interests," Zinio President and CEO Rich Maggiotto said in a statement. "Extending deeper into the Android ecosystem on a global scale continues to help move us in this direction."
In our experience, the app works well, and its full-color magazines look gorgeous. So, with no fewer than 12 free issues on offer, now just might be a good time to take this digital newsstand for a spin.
Zinio is available now for free download in the Android Market.