Engadget Distro – Looks Pretty Good!
Ran into this one by chance while skimming through articles on my iPad and ended up downloading every issue. The idea is simple enough: take the Engadget content and reformat it as a free digital magazine for mobile devices — particularly tablets. It’s been done before; in fact, Flipboard conceptually does this with RSS feeds, Twitter and Facebook posts, and more. What stands out from those previous efforts is the layout, which is gorgeous and eye-popping. There’s also some exclusive content to hedge their bets. It does skitter into Wired’s digital magazine territory in terms of some layout schemes and the navigation is similar, but Engadget certainly has an established audience that may or may not like Wired (and, by comparison, Distro is a markedly breezier read), so it’s, shall we say, distinct enough in that realm.