If you’re an iPad owner and BBQ fanatic like I am, you’ll be amped to learn that there is a legit monthly barbecue magazine subscription available on the iPad called StoryQue. StoryQue is an interactive BBQ magazine that is available for purchase via iTunes. New issues are released monthly which include BBQ stories, recipes and tips/tricks from both pro “comp” guys and backyard BBQ enthusiasts. As new issues are released, you have the availability to download them as well as interact with special internet-connected features like recipe videos.
I was traveling the other day and had the opportunity to read through a couple issues and was thoroughly impressed. The magazine is full of high quality photos, in-depth BBQ stories and step-by-step recipes. I wasn’t able to put it down until I finished reading each issue. I have always considered myself a “backyard” or “back porch” BBQ fanatic and this is a magazine I can really relate to. It’s chalked full of great advice and recipes for both the novice and the advanced BBQ’r.
As far as functionality, the magazine app navigates and zooms in/out smoothly and makes browsing the magazine a breeze. Also, by briefly holding your finger down on any page, you’ll quickly be able to access printing and Evernote, Pinterest, Twitter, and email sharing of individual pages or partial pages. Facebook sharing is slotted for the next update and possibly may even be available by the time you’re reading this 🙂
Pricing is as follows: the monthly subscription is $2.99, the regular monthly back issues are $4.99 each and the special issues are free to all app users. Currently, they also offer a 30-day trial at the moment, but it could change in the future so make sure to check it out soon!
I had the chance to catch up with StoryQue editor Lavern Gingerich and chat with him on his outlook for the magazine and here’s what he had to say:
We have been selling barbecue equipment for Meadow Creek for over 5 years. Our sales site is at www.smokymtbarbecue.com. Most of our customers are commercial users or serving crowds, but I am an avid backyarder and we have attracted lots of low budget backyarders and beginners by offering free recipes and tips on our site. For a long time I’ve wanted to develop a paid info product for this crowd. With my connections in online marketing and offline magazine publishing, it made sense to pursue a magazine for barbecue fanatics.
I feel the best barbecue is an experience, or a story. I wanted my magazine to teach barbecue with an element of story, thus the name StoryQue.
We are looking for ways to make the mag remarkable. Our focus is on building relationships with great contributors because content and readers are the life of this project. We are working with NBBQA to give each of their members a free subscription to the mag. We don’t have any big ad campaigns in mind, but we keep our minds open to ways to get in front of more and bigger audiences, such as followers of our contributors.
Check out more info on StoryQue at http://www.storyque.com.