Specialist magazine publisher Future has announced the launch of its 100th digital edition for Apple’s iPad.
The digital launch of the UK edition of Official Xbox Magazine comes as the publisher said sales of digital editions and bespoke apps on tablets are now on track to become one of its biggest revenue drivers.
Mark Wood, CEO of Future UK, says: ”Future has established itself as one of the UK’s most successful digital publishers on the iPad. Sales revenues have been growing at more than 10% a month this year and have now gone past the £2m-a-year mark
“We anticipate that the launch of Apple’s Newsstand this Autumn will significantly accelerate digital magazine sales on the iPad while the roll-out of Android devices – reaching audiences fresh to the tablet experience – will create new and fast-growing revenue streams. We therefore expect tablets to be one of our biggest growth drivers in the year ahead.”
As well as magazines published via Zinio, Future also offers an number of bespoke interactive apps including gadget and lifestyle mag T3 and one-off tutorial apps covering activities ranging from software programming through to photography and guitar techniques.
Future, one of the UK’s largest magazine publishers, is committed to a rapid shift towards digital delivery of its titles. Using the iPad and other tablets, it is reaching passionate new audiences in all parts of the world with its specialist brands, covering interest areas including electronic games, technology, cycling, music, automotive, crafts and photography.
Wood added: “Our UK print magazine sales are holding up well and new launches have made a significant impact. But we see the biggest growth coming from the digital markets. Our ability to generate very fast-growing revenues on the iPad is turning Future into a digital publisher at very great speed.”