The inaugural iPad edition of Conde Nast Traveler has arrived at Apple’s Newsstand — and it’s hefty.
The issue is 784 megabytes — substantially bigger than even Wired‘s first issue, which attracted a fair number of comments about its portliness when it arrived on the iPad in May of last year.
Should Traveler continue producing issues at that size, owners of 16GB iPads will find that more than half of their storage space is taken up by that magazine alone.
In an email, a spokesperson for the magazine suggested that the size problem is linked to a series of 3D rotating maps of the South Pacific, and that “future issues will most likely take up less memory.”
Weight problems aside, the issue looks decent. There’s plenty to tap, swipe and rotate, and the stunning imagery Traveler is known for translates well to the iPad. The publication added more than 100 photos not included in the print version, as well as the aforementioned 3D rotating maps of the South Sea Islands. Just before the masthead appears a time-lapse video taken from a beachside hotel balcony in Barcelona, a personal favorite (screenshot below).
Users can purchase issues for $5.99 apiece, or initiate one of two digital subscription options: 1) a one-month, automatically recurring subscription for $1.99, or 2) a one-year, automatically recurring subscription for $19.99.
Existing print subscribers can enter their credentials for free access to the iPad edition, which is downloaded automatically onto subscribers’ iPads every month.
Currently only the November issue is available, alongside the “2011 Hot List,” a special feature the publication released in August, as well a short free preview.
Traveler is the tenth Conde Nast title to be formatted for the iPad, following Allure, Brides, Glamour, Golf Digest, GQ, Self, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Wired. Vogue and Bon Appetit are slated to arrive on the device by early 2012, Bob Sauerberg, president of Conde Nast, said earlier this month.