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Future Publishing delivers over two million downloads in four days on new Apple Newsstand

LONDON, 17 October 2011 – Future Publishing has smashed the two million container downloads mark in the four days since Apple unveiled the Newsstand functionality as part of its eagerly expected iOS 5 last week.

Future launched more than 50 titles on Newsstand when it launched last Thursday, making it the most prolific publisher in the space. The mix of free, paid-for and premium products has attracted over two million downloads, and represents consumer spending well in excess of normal monthly revenues.

Future UK CEO Mark Wood says: “Future had sold more digital editions in the past four days through Apple’s Newsstand than in a normal month. It’s clear that Newsstand creates an amazing opportunity for publishers – and I’m committed to continue driving our brands through this great new distribution channel.

“We plan to include more sampler issues in every magazine container in coming weeks, as well as uploading high price-point bookazines and premium one-shot titles.”

Newsstand allows users of iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to find digital newspaper and magazine products in one dedicated place on the App Store, and organize them in one easy-to-organize bookshelf. New purchases go directly to your Newsstand folder. Then, as new issues become available, Newsstand automatically updates them in the background — complete with the latest covers.

At launch Future has over 50 titles on Newsstand, including internationally renowned brands including T3, Total Film, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, .net, Edge, Procycling, Digital Camera and Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine.  Many of the products are ‘wrapped’ in software Future developed.

In June 2011 Future was named Consumer Digital Publisher of the Year at the annual Association of Online Publishers Awards – becoming the first magazine publisher to win the Award. Future also won the Grand Prix Award at the event.

Download Future Publishing iPad and iPhone titles from Newsstand in iOS 5, from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

For more information:
Chris Taylor, Head of Communications, Future Publishing Limited on 020 7042 4033, 07980 221942 or email: chris.taylor@futurenet.com