Last week the company announced a new "Z-Pass" subscription format, allowing readers to access three magazines for $5 per month, with the option of swapping titles up to three times per month.
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The new app made exclusively for the Nokia Lumia has a couple of new features. A suggested "reading list" offers users a stream of selected articles from a range of magazines. And these reading lists automatically update when a phone or tablet is connected to a mobile device, so when it's offline, say on a plane, users can still read.
And the app works with Windows Phone 8 "tiles"—which effectively allow users to bookmark articles, or pin pieces they want to read to their phone's home page, to follow up later. And the phone is designed to be more readable, even in the sun. Zinio's new text mode changes in bright daylight to make text more readable and keep the screen glare-free.
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Zinio President Michelle Bottomley said this kind of customization for a phone like the Nokia Lumia is exactly what the company needs to do to reach new consumers and increase the time consumers spend on the site. That should drive revenue from subscriptions and downloads—Zinio splits it with magazine publishers.
And relationships like this one with the Nokia Lumia should help Zinio add more magazines.