I’ve been considering subscribing to a few magazines, namely, National Geographic and the Smithsonian. In looking at digital delivery options, I came across a few cool new-to-me services:
- Zinio - huge selection of magazines that you can subscribe to, and they can be read on the website, as well as the usual mobile devices. They also have a feature call Z-Pass, where you pay $5/month for 3 magazines. I almost went for those one, but continued to dig around some more.
- Next Issue – basically, Netflix for magazines. You pay a flat monthly fee (either $10 or $15, depending on whether you want weeklies), and can read everything they have in their catalog. Pretty nifty deal. However, I can’t tell if you lose all of your past issues if you unsubscribe, and it doesn’t appear that you can read stuff on their website. Instead, it looks like it’s only available on actual devices – iPhone, iPad, Kindle, etc. Bit of a bummer, that. Still, quite the deal.
Bonus find: my public library has a bunch of their periodicals available through Zinio, including Nat Geo. I can “check them out,” but they’re never actually checked back in, so they stay bound to your personal Zinio account forever. I essentially landed a free digital subscription to Nat Geo, Popular Science, and a few other things I wanted to check out. Cool.
I’m still considering Next Issue; they have Wired, Time, and Entertainment Weekly, all of which I wouldn’t mind having easy access to. And hey, they also have Golf Digest and the Oprah Magazine. What’s not to love?