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U.S. edition of Elle marks its 25th anniversary

The American edition of Elle launched 25 years ago already!  For the occasion, the French-owned magazine’s October issue is coming up with several covers featuring four young American actresses.

Elle U.S.’ ad pages are up an incredible 47% YoY as advertisers have been lining up to take part in the magazine’s 25th anniversary celebration.  Kevin Martinez, VP/Brand Publisher, told trade publication min that Elle’s “cutting-edge marketing programs and incredible effort by a tremendous sales team contributed to our success. The October issue will also be the first issue featured on our new iPad app, which offered extra incentive for our advertisers.”

Celebrating its anniversary with a four-cover split run (see covers above), Elle managed to ignite eye-catching controversy with its September cover featuring a retouched Gabourey Sidibe.  So the good times are still rolling for Elle U.S. it seems despite the many management changes

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Newsweekly “Veja” launches iPad version in Brazil

An iPad edition of Editora Abril’s Brazilian newsweekly Veja debuted on September 4 in the Apple App store and shot immediately to the number one position among free apps. The new app is powered by the Holland-based Woodwing, a digital media solutions company.

Veja currently circulates about 1,1 million copies per week and has more than 8 million readers per issue.  Click to read the official Woodwing press release in English.

About Editora Abril:
Editora Abril publishes more than 370 titles in 2009 and is a leader in 21 out of the 25 segments in which it operates. Its combined publications have achieved a circulation of 188,5 million copies last year, in a country of 28 million readers and 4,1 million subscriptions. Seven out of the ten most read magazines in Brazil are published by Abril, and Veja is the third largest weekly information magazine in the world and the largest outside the United States.

About Veja:
It provides on a weekly basis the main facts and news on Brazil and the world, written by highly-qualified journalists, to readers who like to be well informed.

About Veja São Paulo:
São Paulo city’s magazine. Besides reporting the most important news on the life of Sao Paulo and its characters, the so-called “Vejinha” is committed to presenting readers, in its articles and weekly guide, the best options in terms of entertainment, leisure, programs and services.

About Veja Rio:
A portrait of the wonderful city through articles and guides, and a constant commitment of providing readers with the best options in terms of entertainment, leisure, programs and services. 

USA: Newsday releases hilarious commercial for its iPad app

Newsday just released an hilarious commercial for its iPad app…

Newsday is a daily American newspaper that primarily serves Nassau and Suffolk counties and the New York City borough of Queens on Long Island, although it is sold throughout the New York metropolitan area. As of 2009, its weekday circulation of 377,500 was the 11th-highest in the United States, and the highest among suburban newspapers.  The newspaper’s headquarters are in Melville, NY, in Suffolk County on Long Island.

Swiss newsweekly “L’Hebdo” launched first iPad app

L’Hebdo, the French-language Swiss newsweekly published by Ringier, launched its first iPad app at the end of August.  

Not only is it now possible to access the latest issue of L’Hebdo on the iPad and enjoy its content in a more interactive fashion through the device’s gorgeous screen, but one can also browse through the magazine’s archives for a small price.

L’Hebdo is the first magazine to release a tablet version of its magazine within French-speaking Switzerland.  In the German-speaking part of the country the Schweizer Illustrierte magazine and the daily Tages-Anzeiger are the only two print properties to have come up with their own iPad app.  L’Hebdo’s digital edition for tablets will be available for download every Wednesday at 10pm and will be free for the 2 months.  Most articles will link to external sources of information that will complement the weekly’s actual reporting.

The iPad version makes L’Hebdo available to all Swiss readers worldwide at a very modest cost (no printing or shipping) and with no delays.  L’Hebdo for iPad will cost 4,40 Swiss Francs a piece from November 1st on and a “4 issues for the price of 3” subscription will also be offered. Purchase will be available via the Apple Store only.

Besides access to the magazine’s archives, past issues purchased digitally will also remain accessible on the device even without an internet connection.  The purchase of the week’s issue will grant the reader access to the magazine’s 24/7 RSS feeds and videos for the rest of the week until a new issue comes out.

The print edition of L’Hebdo currently circulates 46 010 copies per week and reaches 216 000 readers.

Click to access L‘Hebdo’s factsheet online.

Elle US to launch customizable app in October

As Mediaweek reported recently, Hachette Filipacchi Media’s Elle won’t be the first of the big fashion monthlies to come out with its own app for the iPad when it launches with its October issue in mid-September (Condé Nast’s Glamour beat it by a month, having launched with its September issue). But given the slim fashion/beauty pickings in the App Store, it stands a good chance of getting a warm welcome from the fashion set.

Like other magazine apps, Elle’s contains the full contents of the magazine as well as extras like behind the scenes interviews, e-commerce links, photos and video from photo shoots and a video version of Robbie Myers’ editor’s letter. But the app’s signature feature is the ability to customize the experience. In keeping with its editorial devotion to personal style, Elle included in its app a feature it calls Elle Personal Stylist, an electronic take on the paper doll onto which users can drop items from the issue to create outfits. The outfits can be saved on “inspiration boards,” the iPad equivalent of tearing out pictures from a magazine and pinning them to a bulletin board.

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USA: Recent report shows there are at least 32 new tablets in the works

Some publishers think the iPad is the godsend they’ve been waiting for to save the publishing industry, well, guess what…they are 32 tablets in the works, according to a recent report by tech site Technologizer.

Even before the iPad was unveiled, Apple’s competitors were scrambling to catch up. Now that Steve Jobs’ latest invention is clearly a hit, the rush is on.

How many iPad wannabees are out there or in the works? Technologizer‘s Harry McCracken stopped counting at 32, but he seems to have captured all the important ones in what is, for now, the definitive list.  McCracken’s criteria: No physical keyboard and at least a 5-inch screen.