Digital Publishing FAQ's

Can I offer subscriptions in my app?

Yes, by leveraging the Newsstand auto-renewable subscription model, purchasing renewable subscriptions is

seamlessly integrated with your app.

Subscriptions work in the standard industry accepted process:

User purchases a subscription (i.e. 6-month, 1-year) and then all issues (including back-issues) become free for the user to download.

An example:

You have 10 back issues which are each priced at $1.99

Every month you add another issue which is $2.99

When the user purchases a subscription, then ALL issues (including back-issues)
become FREE for the user to download

Note: The above is the industry standard for subscriptions. TapEdition also offers a non-industry standard subscription model in which we can customize the subscription to only unlock issues based on rules.
For example: You can create a subscription in which only current issue and the next 3 issues become unlocked, while all back-issues remain paid, even after subscription is purchased.

This non-industry standard requires customization add-on which starts at $4,000 and contains a revenue share model.
Can I publish new content daily with TapEdition?

Yes, you can add as many issues as you wish, even daily!

Can I display advertisements in my app?

Yes, you can create interactions for your existing ads. Its really as simple as embedd a video or link over your existing ad on your PDF.

How long does it take to get my app on the App Store?

Newsstand Apps are typically approved within two to three weeks after submission to Apple

What happens if my app is rejected by Apple?

If it is a technical issue, then we will solve it; however, if it is related to your content, then you will have to modify your content to fit the guidelines.

Will my app integrate with Apple's Newsstand?

Yes. Any content that is imported into our software, whether it’s a blog, an online magazine, newspaper, or print publication, can be integrated with Apple’s Newsstand.

Will my Newsstand app have push notifications?

Yes. Your app can have push notifications; However, please keep in mind there is an extra one-time fee for push notifications.

Will my Newsstand app have automatic background downloading?

Yes, this is one of the major features of a Newsstand app. Your new issues will be downloaded seamlessly in the background immediately after they are released, and your users can start reading their new issue within a few minutes.

Will my app have subscriptions?

Yes. You can opt to provide your Newsstand publication for free or charge a subscription price. Apple automatically handles billing and renewal and protects your content through Digital Rights Management.

Can I Cancel After Signing Up?

You can cancel your subscription to our service at any time. However, after you cancel we will remove the app from the app store as well as delete all your content, therefore deeming your app completely un-usable.

Will My Publication Be Available Internationally?

Yes, TapEdition publishes apps in every International iTunes store. Your App will be available in every major market.

How often does my app get updated with fixes or new enhancements?

TapEdition typically does new updates only when we find any major bugs or add many new features. Typically, we would try to update your app on a quarterly basis; However, if a bug of any type is found, we would make it highest priority to get you app updated. In addition, if we add a major new feature we would immediately make it available to all our customers. We do not charge for any updates.

How would I create a dual orientation app? By uploading a vertical and a horizontal PDF?

TapEdition supports both landscape and portrait views for each page. Depending on how you set up the layout will determine the users experience. By default our apps are fixed to a portrait view.

When I publish my app, do you take a cut?

Unlike many of our competitors, TapEdition does NOT take any cut from your app sales. The app is published under your own apple developer account and only Apple takes the standard 30% cut from an app sale, or any in-app purchases such as subscriptions or individual issues.

Once my app is published, can I add further issues and how long does it take to distribute to all my readers?

Once your app is on the Apple App Store or Newsstand, and you add additional issues. However, please keep in mind that if your issue is a paid issue it would require submission as an in-app-purchase to Apple and therefore require an approval process of about 7 days. Therefore, recommend that when you add new issues you give at least 10 business days before you wish the issue to be accessible to your readers.

After my app is published, can I make updates to the hotspots and interactions?

This is the beauty of TapEdition. You are free to make as many changes or additions as you want to hotspots or interactions. For example, you can add further embedded videos or photo galleries, even after your app is published and the changes are distributed immediately to all your readers.

Can I upload back issues?

Yes, you can upload as many back issues as you wish. All included in the one-time price.

What are the file requirements?

Upload your publication content as PDFs or images.

Resolution for iPad (Retina): 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) Resolution for iPhone (Retina): 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi


Tips for your in PDF:
♦ All pages in a single PDF file, with the pages in order
♦ Single pages (not double-page spreads)
♦ Files should be optimised as much as possible to reduce file size (roughly 150dpi)
♦ Cropped to exact art size (no need for crop marks/bleed etc, as it is not a traditional print process)
♦ Output to PDF version 1.3 (for optimum compatibility)
♦ Embedded fonts (not subset, please avoid CID Type H encoded fonts)
♦ Objects with transparency need to be flattened (high resolution is preferred for best quality)

Although there is no limitation on file size, it is recommended that the file size be as small as possible [preferrably less than 50MB]. Keep in mind that you want to offer the best user experience and if the user has to wait to long to download an issue, they will not be happy.