In your app, you can provide the option to purchase each issue separately. The distribution platform will automatically allow the purchased issue to be downloaded.
Subscription (auto renewable/free subscription)
A subscription provides a subscriber access to all new issues of a publication for a certain amount of time. The Twixl Distribution Platform will manage who gets access to which issues and until when. This type of subscription is always auto-renewable. A free subscription is also an option.
Newsstand is a special category of Apple App Store apps that need to offer an auto-renewable or free subscription. If you put your app in Newsstand, new issues can be pushed to user’s devices automatically, in the background when the iPad is recharging or connected to your laptop. The Twixl Distribution Platform links to iTunes Connect and handles the downloads.
The user interface of your kiosk is customizable, you have different options to control the look and feel.
You can send a push notification to all subscribers of your app every time you publish a new issue. Push notifications are short messages that appear on the the lock screen of your tablet or within the app itself.
Link to app stores
The Twixl Distribution Platform connects to iTunes Connect and Google Play, support for multi-issue apps on the Amazon Appstore is scheduled for Q2 2013.
Automatic publication split per platform
This feature allows downloads to be automatically optimized for the device and platform, so that an iPad retina will only get the retina content, and a ‘standard’ iPad only the normal resolution version. (the same goes for Android 7” & 10” devices).
The Twixl Distribution Platform allows you to publish as well .publication files (the Twixl Publisher format) as PDF files. Both file types can be published within the same multi-issue app.
Within a PDF file we support landscape and portrait view, a thumbnail view, a table of content viewer, search, bookmarks and social sharing.
All issues are stored on Twixl media servers by default. We offer this storage as a service, but if you prefer to use your own storage account, we provide integrated support for storage accounts on Amazon S3 or Microsoft Windows Azure. In the latter case you will be billed directly, and you will be a 100% in control of your download cost.
The Twixl Distribution platform also gives you a dashboard overview of statistics like the number of downloads per issue for your published apps, the number of registered devices per app (i.e. users that have opened that app at least once), the number of push notifications sent, …
This feature provides the option to connect your publications to an external subscriber/user database. This way you can e.g. offer your publications for free to print subscribers of a magazine.