Letter To Jane was certainly the first, and remains one of the few indie zines that I’ve read on my iPad. In a cluttered market of Readers Digests and News Limited titles, it’s quite a relief to find something that confidently positions itself as an “indie art magazine”. They are now onto their third issue, and to subsidise development of their fourth , they’re turning to Kickstarter’s crowdfunding platform to raise the necessary $5,000. The intention is to develop the user experience of the iPad magazine into something that is substantially more “interactive and multimedia rich”.
Whilst there’s nothing particularly unusual about their pitch, the rewards for backers is interesting – a pledge of $200 or more will bag you the full source code for the magazine platform once its complete. It’s not a plug-and-play reward – you still need to know your way around the iPad development platform to create your own zine – but for those looking to get a head start on tablet publishing, this looks like a sound opportunity.
And if you just want to peruse a bunch of moody monochrome shots and articles on artists such as Best Coast, Washed Out and Dam Deacon, you can start your collection for 99c right here.