New on Apple’s Newsstand, Offline is a new mobile magazine on iOS that offers text and audio versions of its contents — allowing readers to choose between reading on their devices or listening to the professionally-produced audio version at any point in the story. The audio feature lets readers go through the articles at work or during their ride going home.
The digital magazine was created by developers and designers from Apple, Blackberry, The New York Times, Audible, and Instagram, and features five articles with audio each month.
According to a post on TechCrunch, the magazine’s founders have created a cost structure that will hopefully allow them to pay their contributors two to three times more than what most freelance writers earn per contribution. Offline’s writers are paid based on a percentage of the app’s revenue, which encourages them to promote their articles and the app itself.
Offline’s initial articles are written by writers who have large social media followings. The initial issue features articles by authors Danny Wallace and Jack Cheng, design director Khoi Vinh, gluten-free lifestyle writer Shauna Ahern, and @seinfeldtoday creator and comedian Josh Gondelman.
Readers can subscribe to Offline for only 99 cents a month and can read the magazine on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.