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Digital magazines to be sold on smartphones

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Digital magazines to be sold on smartphones

The bare bones of a deal that will allow mobile phone owners to buy and download a range of well known magazines on their phones have been preliminarily agreed between a number of leading publishing houses.

Reports from the USA indicate that a deal between Time Inc, Conde Nast and Hearst will allow for the creation of a digital portal for smartphone users to browse and purchase the latest issues of magazines more commonly found on the shelves of newsagents.

According to a spokesperson, the store will be available across all of the popular platforms, which is likely to include versions for the iPhone and BlackBerry amongst others.

Although the deal is not finalised, speculation from industry experts hints at the likelihood of an imminent official announcement of the service, possibly within the next few weeks.

Wired, the popular technology magazine, is allegedly in the process of being adapted for mobile phone screens and should be one of the first titles available from the new store if the deal gets the go ahead.

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