Google Planning Digital Newsstand

Google is working to build a digital newsstand for Android-based tablets and cell phones that would distribute newspaper and magazine content, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Google has already been talking to major publishers about this plan, including Time Inc., Hearst, and Condé Nast. The Journal said Google is also talking on Apple, which is currently the dominant distributor of this type of content via the iPad.

Most major consumer magazines offer an app-based version for the iPad, including all 14 of Hearst's publications such as Esquire and Cosmopolitan. Despite the range of publications available on Apple's popular tablet, the iPad has not yet been the savior of print. A lot of publications that had strong launches for their iPad apps have seen a sharp decline in the sales of their digital editions. One of the main roadblocks is that there isn't a subscription model available.


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