iPad App or Glorified Web Page?

On Tuesday, [Conde Nast] announced it would resurrect Gourmet magazine, the celebrated food and travel publication the company discontinued in October, as an iPad application called Gourmet Live.

via Gourmet Magazine Revived for the iPad – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com.

In the comments of this article, Leucas wrote:

Other than some fancier UI, IPad apps for magazines are just glorified Web pages”

Exactly. I’m always perplexed by those in the tech media who gush over magazines being ported to the iPad (or its inevitable rivals). The further away from the print version they get, the closer to being a website they become. And what is so inherently special about a website?

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