Symbolia is a new iPad magazine that uses classic comics illustration to help bring the news to life.
The recent demise of The Daily may have cast some doubt on the feasibility of the iPad-only model of publishing, but Symbolia is now attempting a novel twist. Specifically, Symbolia is a new iPad magazine that uses classic comics illustration to help bring the news to life. Now available via a free iPad app or PDF subscription, Symbolia bills itself as “the tablet magazine of illustrated journalism.” Based on the Mag+ platform, the publication plans to produce six issues a year, each pairing “incendiary reporting with thoughtful illustration and comics,” it says. A free preview issue is now available through its iPad app or via a PDF download. After that, purchase options include single issues for USD 2.99 or annual subscriptions for USD 11.99. The video below demonstrates the concept in action: Symbolia’s future plans include offering e-book versions as well as app versions for Android tablets and the Kindle Fire. Journalism-minded entrepreneurs: one to partner with or emulate in a like-minded offering of your own?