I wrote about Newsstand, Google's effort to combine Flipboard-style digital magazines with more traditional newsreaders. I'm generally bearish on these sorts of products:
Google says it gives publishers a high degree of control over how their articles are presented. Magazines can upload full-featured digital editions that retain the look and feel of their print counterparts. Some even go beyond the print version — The New Yorker, for example, includes audio recordings of authors reading their stories and poems. But getting to those digital editions requires a few taps inside Newsstand, and it’s hard not to feel that the content plays second fiddle to the scaffolding around it. Publications are designed to elicit emotion through their content and design; reducing them to black text on a white tablet screen sacrifices some of that power.