7th May, 2012: It is with great excitement that we announce the release of both Manual Magazine and Spoke Magazine on iTunes Newsstand. Through a partnership with one of the world’s fastest growing digital content distribution companies, PixelMags, we are now able to bring our premium content to a broader audience by offering a seamless connection to our titles through the Newsstand platform. This move will enable readers in New Zealand, Australia and across the world immediate access to our titles on mobile devices.
The release of Manual and Spoke on iTunes Newsstand brings further strength to our existing online presence and adds significant value to traditional print advertising campaigns across both magazines.
It also allows us to build awareness of New Zealand talent and companies, both locally and internationally, by making our magazine accessible to new readers regardless of their proximity to traditional magazine retailers. Mobile readers can look forward to extended and enriched content in our future digital releases.
Manual magazine on iTunes Newsstand http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/manual-magazine/id514757991?mt=8
Spoke magazine on iTunes Newsstand http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spoke-magazine/id514759866?mt=8
About First Floor Publishing
It all started at our parents’ houses back in 1997 on a dodgy PC. We were fuelled by junk food and cheap Malaysian. It was in this environment that Manual Magazine was born. Spoke Magazine was founded in 2001, and in 2003 we started First Floor Publishing so we could have a collective home for our magazines. In September 2008 our magazines became available in digital form for the first time.
Manual is now New Zealand’s leading skateboarding and snowboarding magazine, featuring national and international coverage of skateboarding, snowboarding, music and art, with an emphasis on quality photography, illustration and graphic design. Manual is published four times a year—March, June, September and December—and is available throughout New Zealand and Australia, and online at firstfloor.co.nz. Manual is also available digitally through iTunes Newsstand and Zinio.
Spoke was created in 2001 by Caleb Smith and Emma Gee as a response to the vast amount of generic mountain bike magazines available at the time. Spoke strives to bring a fresh and innovative look at mountain biking through original content, bold design and high quality production values. It provides an unbiased look at the lives and activities of mountain bikers in Aotearoa, consistently pushing the boundaries of mountain bike photography and graphic design. Spoke is published five times a year—February, April, June, September and December—and is available throughout New Zealand and Australia, and online at firstfloor.co.nz. Spoke is also available digitally through iTunes Newsstand and Zinio.
PixelMags Inc. is one of the world’s fastest growing digital content distribution companies that is transforming the future of digital publishing by changing how publishers distribute interactive branded content. PixelMags reaches millions of digital readers daily, in over 33 different languages, and represents such publishers as Hearst UK, Crain Communications Inc., Imagine Publishing, Dennis Publishing and more. PixelMags is a privately held company, with offices located in Los Angeles and London. Follow PixelMags on Facebook (facebook.com/pixelmags) and Twitter (@pixelmags).