My previous post was on piracy; would this venture come under the banner? Perhaps, though I’m not sure whether content owners would be as keen to pursue the owners in court (not yet, anyway)
- Unlike music or films, magazines have a built in obsolescence – whether weekly, monthly or longer
- It is not just the content being lifted, but the advertising as well
- The popularity and mass appeal is unproven
A nice feature of Mygazines is the ability to tag individual articles as well as magazines. This means people can search for specific content – whether it is jokes, recipes or technology essays – without having to guess which magazines to trawl through.
But the site is almost a no-win situation as if it proves popular, magazine owners may go after it. I’m not convinced it will get to this stage as
- I see the site as informing users of new magazines and driving them to those destinations – on or offline. In the first instance, I would find a useful article through Mygazines. In the second instance I would go straight to the website of the magazine I had previously read. This would make Mygazines transitory.
- Assuming the content is online, why would users want to scan through pdfs when there are fully functional web articles out there
- And as David points out; the site is slick but the process of uploading magazines certainly isn’t
I’ll be keeping an eye on the types of magazines uploaded and the frequency of uploads as an indication of whether the venture is taking off.