The Guardian’s iPad app is now live, but costs a steep £9.99 per month

The Guardian’s iPad app is now live, but costs a steep £9.99 per month

Just one month after The Guardian launched in America, The Guardian News & Media announced its Guardian iPad edition is now available on the App Store today. The Guardian App, mirroring the Guardian’s Monday through Saturday paper, was created specifically for the iPad.

The Guardian iPad edition is available on Newsstand, a feature of the new iOS 5 that allows users to find digital newspapers and magazines in one dedicated place in the App Store, and organize them within a digital bookshelf. The app carries UK-based content from that day’s newspaper, including most of the editorial sections and supplements including reviews, sports and features.

On Saturday, the Sport, Review, Travel, Family, Money and Work sections are all included along with the main newspaper. However, the iPad edition does not contain Weekend magazine, the Guide, the Observer or crosswords and other puzzles.

Features of the app include:

  • Full offline reading for all articles and pictures
  • The ability to share stories via Facebook, Twitter and email
  • Swipe to navigate between sections or stories
  • Related web articles, which open in an in-app browser
  • Stunning photojournalism
  • Related video content
  • Interactive advertising slots

While the Guardian App for iPad is available for free for three months from launch from Newsstand in iOS 5, and from the App Store, it will cost a steep £9.99 a month thereafter. In comparison, The New York Times’ digital subscription to its app costs $5.00 a week, so is thus more expensive. But many would argue, you are paying for much richer content.

Check out the video below of the Guardian’s new iPad app in action:

Will you pay for The Guardian’s new app? Let us know in the comments. 

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