The tablet magazine ship is sinking. Fast.

7 January 2014iOS

Eddie Vassallo, writing for Gigaom:

Now that all iOS 7 apps can enjoy background refresh and download, and given the ability to hide the app and even “mute” Newsstand reminders – publishers are forced to compete on a completely level playing field with all other iOS apps.

And for magazine publishers – that’s frightening.

I was never a big user of Newsstand-based magazine/newspaper apps, but since upgrading to iOS 7, I don’t think I’ve even opened Newsstand once. It is now tucked away in a folder with other reading apps, and if there was an option to hide Newsstand completely I would probably do so.