I need to read. I need to read like I need to eat, breathe and sleep. So it goes without saying that when I hit the road words travel with me. Magazines, a paperback book; there’s always something “readable” in my bag. That two hour wait at the Doctor’s office? I don’t even mind, it’s just time to mow through a new magazine or two. Ok, I lie, with kid’s in tow office wait times are torture, but if for some reason I’m lucky enough to be without them it is indeed just quiet reading time bliss. Also, on that whole mom front thing, my purse is now home to everything from crayons to emergency pants. Which means less room for reading material. Tragic, but true. I do find myself frequently wishing for some sort of extra dimensional carry-all, ala Mary Poppins.
All of which is to say that when I first heard about Next Issue I was immediately intrigued. Next Issue is an app that gives you access to 122 different magazines. Plus back issues. So we are talking hundreds of magazines, like well over 1400, all squeezed into one app. Which means when I toss my tablet into my purse I’m also toting along dozens of magazines. True, this doesn’t do much to help with the “mom clutter” taking up the remainder of my purse space, but I’ve certainly got the reading aspect covered. The app is out on all the major platforms, it’s available on iPad/iPhone, Android and Windows 8. Which means you can run it on iPad, Android tablets, Kindle Fire HD/HDX and Windows 8 PCs and tablets. That pretty much covers every possible tech device, right?
The app itself is a free download. Access to the magazines will set you back $9.99 for the Basic package or $14.99 for Premium. Both offer unlimited month long access to monthly magazines, the sole difference is that the Premium Edition includes access to 11 “weekly” magazines, including Time, Maclean’s and The New Yorker. I’m a Maclean’s fan, so the Premium Edition was an easy sell for me.
Cool things to note:
* The magazines available via Next Issue are full digital versions with clickable links.
* You can download the magazines to your device to read when you are offline.
* You can also save or print an article that catches your interest.
* You can get a one month free trial and give it a test run.
There’s a small glitch with the free trial signup, so pay attention here. First I should note, you need to sign up online at the Next Issue website — not via the app. And you will need a credit card to create an account. I wish PayPal were an option, but it isn’t. When you sign up pick the Premium package, then you will get free 30 day access to the full premium edition. At the end of the 30 days if you find you’re not using the service you can always cancel, or downgrade to the basic version. However, if you sign up for the Basic version you will not be able to upgrade until after your free month expires. Which means your 30 day trial will not include the “weeklies”. Which means no Maclean’s. Sad stuff, right?
I would love to see Canadian Living on here, perhaps some kids magazines as well, but really the current selection is quite decent and includes many of my favourites; like Wired, Food Network Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Consumer Reports, Today’s Parent and Time. But let’s do the math. If I’m paying $15 a month, that’s $180 a year. Is it worth it? Well, that year’s subscription to Maclean’s is $47.95. And that’s just one magazine. I figure provided there are 4 or 5 magazines in their list that you would read regularly then it’s worth it, strictly dollars and cents wise. Not to mention the magic and convenience of being able to stuff over a hundred magazines into your purse; perfect for trains, planes and doctor’s offices.
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Next Issue. Regardless, I only share information on things I believe will be of interest to my readers, and my words and opinions are as always my own.