What I am doing
I have published 13 issues of my own magazine, K Composite, which consists of interviews with my friends and non-celebrities. Now I am working to launch the next issue in an amazing new edition on the iPad, distributed through Apple's App Store.
K Composite Magazine began as a fanzine in 1991 and the first full-color edition was released in 1999.
The early issues gained a cult following and national attention through features in Rolling Stone, Harper's, The Chicago Tribune, and NPR's Talk of the Nation. Ira Glass of This American Life beamed, "I love K Composite."
Since then, the magazine has expanded to include other contributors who interview and photograph their own friends.
Moving the magazine to the iPad is already an exciting project. Gorgeous layouts will no longer be limited by the number of pages available, distribution costs will be dramatically decreased, and availability will be unprecedented.
How I am doing it
I have worked intensively with the Mag+ production team at Bonnier Magazines in Stockholm, Sweden, for six months.
As a result, I will be able to produce this new edition of K Composite using the same professional Mag+ production tools that are employed for the iPad versions of magazines including Popular Science, Transworld Snowboarding, and MacWorld Sweden.
Mag+ publications are stunning magazines with multiple layers and rich content. Steve Jobs himself hailed Mag+ in his 2010 keynote when discussing publications on the iPad, particularly Popular Science.
Standing on the shoulders of those giants, the innovative finished product of K Composite #14 will be a truly unique reading experience.
What the money is for
My goal is to make the magazine free of charge to readers.
The funding raised through Kickstarter will go toward design and production in the Mag+ environment and the costs of moving the magazine through the necessary gateways for worldwide distribution in the App Store.
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