I'm sure they have got to know, Once they go live with this, it's going to end up being a basic "Freebie" for all. Once a few download a copy, I'm sure it would soon be all over the web.
Playboy to hit Internet with digital edition
Adult magazine publisher hopes to attract new subscribers, advertisers
Updated: 3:14 p.m. ET Aug. 24, 2005
NEW YORK - Playboy magazine, losing money in the face of depressed advertising, will go digital later this year in hopes of winning new subscribers and advertisers.
The first digital magazine â€” which will mirror the print version â€” will be available in September after months of testing the technology, Playboy Enterprises Inc. said Wednesday.
The move comes as Playboy Enterprises is increasingly dependent on revenue from its licensing and entertainment businesses rather than the publishing division, where it posted a second-quarter loss of $2.3 million. The media company's overall profit totaled $4.6 million.
I think we're all cognizant of the fact that there are two macro trends going on here that this product is designed to respond to," Playboy Enterprises Chief Executive Christie Hefner said in an interview.
"One is more and more consumers are getting information and entertainment online and the other is more and more advertising dollars are going online."
With the digital service, readers can buy either a subscription or single copy that can then be downloaded. The company launched the service in conjunction with digital marketing and publishing company Zinio Systems Inc.
Hefner described the start-up costs as "very modest" and said individual digital issues would be priced at the same rate as newsstand copies, while subscriptions would be slightly higher than the lowest introductory price for print editions.
She said that Zinio finds subscriptions to digital editions typically average about 5 percent of print subscriptions.
"For Playboy that would be a very large number because we have 2.8 million subscribers to the print magazine," she said. "But we aren't making any budget projections at this point."
An October issue featuring the Girls of the Pac 10 and an interview with comedian George Carlin will kick off the digital publishing. Starting Sept. 13, it can be downloaded from playboydigital.com.