Although Coin World said the app will be free, the article talks about “paid apps” to include access to coin values of U.S. coins and a digital version of their Making the Grade book. It appears that this will be an in-app purchase where you can purchase app add-ons within the application.
It was not clear whether the new Coin World app will offer subscription services using Apple’s new subscription interface.
Coin World is behind numismaster.com from Krause Publications for publishing its numismatic resources on the web. Numismaster.com has been offering subscriptions to the pricing information from the Standard Catalog series as well as the text of the articles from their publications like Numismatic News and Banknote Reporter. However, Amos Publishing, the parent company of Coin World will leap past Krause with the offering of a dedicated iPad app.
As an advocate of digital publishing and someone with an iPad on backorder, this is great news. It will be amongst my first downloads when my new iPad arrives. Hats off to Amos Publishing and Coin World for getting out in front of the rest of the numismatic publishing industry with digital publishing.