The Wall Street Journal Finally Comes To iOS Newsstand

The Wall Street Journal Finally Comes To iOS Newsstand

One of the last big holdouts has caved: The Wall Street Journal is now available on Apple’s Newsstand.

The Wall Street Journal up until now hadn’t been too inclined to fork over 30 percent on all subscription revenues, but they’ve now changed their mind, and you can now subscribe to The Journal through the new version 5.0 app.

Why now? According to All Things D, Dow Jones president Todd Larsen was notoriously against the idea of The Wall Street Journal. He left in the summer, though, paving the way for a Newsstand presence.

This is a win for Journal readers: it’s now easier for existing subscribers to read The Wall Street Journal on their iOS devices thanks to Newsstand’s background updating ability, and pay for their subscriptions with the ease of their iTunes account.

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  • extra_medium

    I thought half the point of reading the WSJ was to have people see you reading it. This will be harder on the iPad, and is especially concerning for those with an iPad mini.

  • robert_walter

    I was looking forward to this, but am disappointed in the offering… For the higher price, I don’t get access to back issues which I think is possible if I purchase direct from wsj for like 2/3 of the cheaper price and substantially less than the higher price.

  • Lochias

    @extra_medium
    The Journal is not new to the iPad, just to Newstand.
    The NY Times, Post, and now the WSJ are in Newstand.
    The Washington Post, USA Today, etc. have separate apps, not updated within Newstand.

    When you are reading any one of them, there’s not much difference, and no difference at all for the people “watching.”

    Yes, print has a much more peacockian display.

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