Apple Introduces 'Read It Here First' Titles for Newsstand

Darrell Etherington, writing for TechCrunch:

Apple today quietly launched a new feature for Newsstand, whereby publications by partner Hearst (covering their entire catalog) will now be available to subscribers days before they come to print, or other digital editions. Hearst’s library includes a number of top titles, including Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Esquire, Seventeen and Harper’s Bazaar among many others.

The exclusive arrangement varies by individual publication in terms of how far in advance you’ll be able to get the various Hearst titles compared to in print and from other online storefronts like Amazon’s Kindle marketplace, but each will be available at least a few days in advance, I’m told. Existing subscribers will get early access, as well as those signing up for the first time.

My subscriptions in Newsstand is limited to two publications: The New York Times and The Magazine. That said, this is a cool feature; I hope more publishers will follow suit.

(via John Gruber)