The Sunday Times lists the ‘Top 500 Apps in the world’ (£) today, and I’m pleased to say that The Spectator’s brand new app ranks no.4 in
its ‘news apps’ category. The newspaper describes the list as ‘the good, the mad and lovely’ and ours emerges as little of all three. What we have sought to do with the new
app is combine our blogs and the magazine, and we are (I think) the first magazine to do so. The Sunday Times gives it the thumbs-up. It ranks us behind its own app, and those of the BBC and Sky
News. Here’s its verdict:
‘The contents page may be slightly eccentric, but it’s worth persevering with them. Elegant page design and side-swiping navigation make it easy to digest the longer stories,
while cartoons and illustrations provide a witty way to break up the text. A free preview includes posts from Rod Liddle and the well-regarded Coffee House politics blog, but to read the complete
print edition you will need to pay £1.49 an issue.’
Subscribers get the whole thing for free, of course, and everyone gets the blogs for free. Our app is, like many on the market, a work in progress — and I’d be very grateful
if those CoffeeHousers with iPads could download it (it’s free) and give their verdict: what we could do better, what it needs, etc.
It’s a different app to the Exact Editions version, which gives a simple and elegant reproduction of the
magazine. The new app can be downloaded here, so do add your views to that of the Sunday Times.
P.S. Here’s what the app looks like: