The Bay Area News Group released an innovative new iPad app, TapIn Bay Area, that it calls “the world’s first location-aware digital newspaper.” Users can easily navigate via a map to get nearby news, events and listings, or the app will do it for you based on your location.
The app is free for now but a monthly subscription will later be offered for $4.99. However, users will be able to earn that money back by participating in TapIn activities such as in discussions, sharing photos, and just plain browsing.
If you’re interested in more details, CJR has a lengthy interview with Stengel here.
Ken Doctor has a really thoughtful analysis of the app here, and says the four things that distinguish it are that it’s a tablet native product, has a commercial platform, incorporates game dynamics and is built as a syndicatable, networkable platform.