American History Magazine Launches App for Interactive Digital Edition in iTunes Store

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The oldest continuously published magazine devoted to American history ( ushers in a new era by delivering the rich story of America to a global audience in an informative entertaining and interactive format.

“Our presence on the Apple Newsstand will enhance our exposure and ease of access exponentially—and expand our reach to a truly global audience,” said American History editor and Weider History Editor in Chief, Roger L. Vance.

For half a century, the pages of American History magazine ( have brought history to life through outstanding writing and reporting from top scholars and historians, accompanied by vivid illustrations and photography. Now, a dynamic, interactive version is available.

With the launch of the American History app for iPad, an enhanced edition of each issue—replete with interactive features including video, audio, animation, and additional exclusive content—will be available in the iTunes Store.

“Our digital interactive editions give us tremendous opportunities to tell the American story with depth and detail simply not available on the printed page,” said American History editor and Weider History Editor in Chief, Roger L. Vance. “Our presence on the Apple Newsstand will enhance our exposure and ease of access exponentially—and expand our reach to a truly global audience.”

While American History has embraced this exciting new platform, Vance assures readers its authoritative, non-partisan editorial content will remain the standard bearer in the field.

“As do our readers, we take history seriously, but that doesn’t mean dull, and the digital editions will only accentuate how we consistently make history alive and relevant,” said Vance. “We see this platform as truly transformational by engaging a broader and younger audience—and offering a gateway to the digital spectrum for our existing readership.”

The inaugural digital edition via iTunes is the June issue, which features an unknown facet of General George Custer’s career immediately after the Civil War when he was sent to Texas to protect freed slaves and Union stalwarts. Custer observed and later testified to Congress in chilling detail about the postwar terror sweeping the state. His predictions of the failures of Reconstruction and the eventual imposition of Jim Crow law on the South proved too true.

Other June features cover the D-Day invasion, with an expanded portfolio of stunning photography and the audio of General Eisenhower’s message to the Allied troops on June 6, 1944; a rich retrospective of the breakthrough photography of Dorothea Lange, complete with a historic video interview; Ray Raphael’s revealing story of the little-known 1774 “revolution before the Revolution,” accompanied by an entertaining talk by the author; and a look at the amazing crop of Hollywood classics of 1939, with a special collection of vivid vintage movie posters.

The August digital issue of American History will also be available on iTunes beginning Aug. 1.

The American History app can be downloaded free to a user’s iPad Newsstand from the iTunes Store. From the app, single copies or one-year subscriptions may be purchased. Existing American History subscribers can upgrade their annual print subscription to include the iPad editions for just $3. Subscriptions and upgrades are also available via Weider History’s (

American History is the first of the 10 Weider History magazines to hit the iTunes Store. The entire group will be rolled out over the next few months.

Weider History is the world’s largest publisher of history magazines. Its titles, in addition to American History, include Military History, British Heritage, America’s Civil War, Civil War Times, Aviation History, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Armchair General, Vietnam, World War II, and Wild West.

Single copies are sold in most major bookstores and newsstands. The magazine is represented by Russell Johns Associates (


For more than 40 years, Russell Johns Associates has supported publishers and advertisers in building working relationships that increase revenue potential and streamline processes. For information about RJA and how it helps advertisers and publishers, visit or call (800) 237-9851. Weider History is a member of the RJA family of publishers.

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