It's no secret that print media's seen better days.
But the magazine industry has its own secret history of innovation and reinvention.
In 1953, for example, Life magazine chartered a jet plane and put a photographic darkroom in it to cover the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. A team of 34 reporters, editors, and photo technicians produced a special issue in the air, flying it straight to a printing plant in Chicago.
Now technology is pushing beyond paper itself, with tablet magazines as the latest frontier. This isn't a good or bad thing. It's just the times, and they are a-changin'.
And some magazines are really nailing it in the iPad format.
Wired remains a mainstay of the tech scene, a monthly snapshot at what's happening in culture and technology. And its iPad app takes full advantage of the device's capabilities, offering video and animation inside of articles, as well as bonus content not available in the print version.
If you dig highbrow humor and thoughtful editorial, then you might already have a subscription to The New Yorker. The digital version is completely free for print subscribers. You even get access to an extensive web archive of back issues dating all the way to 1925.