People, it's that time of the year again. Winter might be bearing down for one last push, but you can use your tablet to warm things up.
That's because the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has dropped. And unlike your father's SI Swimsuit Issue, you won't have to flip through pages to see this year's models.
The SI Swimsuit Digital Editions are ready to go and are now available for download on your iPad, Android tablet, Nook Color, or Kindle Fire. Other than the ability to zoom, digital edition buyers will have access to a variety of extras including extra photos and videos. SI makes a point to say that the digital editions go "well beyond the printed magazine." For instance, here's what you can expect on the iPad version:
Video Q&As with each model and profiles of the rookie class.
Behind-the-scenes video footage of the bodypainting shoot, featuring athletes Natalie Coughlin, Natalie Gulbis and Alex Morgan.
On-location videos from Australia, the Gulf Coast, Panama, the Seychelles and Zambia.
"Beauties and the Beats”- a collection of songs that capture the feel of Swimsuit from 18 of today’s hottest bands, including Black Lips, Delta Spirit and White Denim.
There are some minor details when you switch tablets, but most of the special features remain the same. For the iPad and other Android tablets, users can download the issue through the Sports Illustrated app. The app itself is free but the Swimsuit Issue will run you $6.99. For the Nook, you can download the e-book for $6.99 as well.
This year's cover model is the lovely Kate Upton, the 19-year-old model who enjoyed a bit of viral success before making it big. Here are some videos, you know, to get a sense of what you could see with the digital editions - or something like that....