The Bad News – Digital Magazines are a Nightmare!
I’ve messed with digital books, newspapers and magazines for over seven years. I’ve tried them on everything from iPhones, iPads, Nooks, Kindle’s, Androids, Mac’s, PC’s and more…
IMHO the most difficult transition from print to electronic are magazines. Books are much easier – any of the popular apps like Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes & Nobles Nook make it very easy to read books – after all books are pretty much text and an occassional photo, drawing or map. Newspapers are more difficult. A good example of a digital newspaper done right is the USAToday app.
My favorite things to read are magazines. But magazines vary in size, shape, design, use of photos, story length, publishing frequency, back issues and dozens of more “challenges.”
Over the years I’ve tried many digital magazines some in a horizontal format, some in a vertical format – some in both. I’ve tried magazines on Mac’s and PC’s with large screens (up to 22″), tablets with 7″ and 10″ screens and smart phones with 4″, 5″ and 5.5″ screens. Almost every attempt at reading magazines has led to disappointment. Mostly because of small, almost unreadable text (requiring “Zoomed-in” text.) Poor formatting, and big download size (and time to download) were very discouraging.
Another big digital magazine hassle is the individual magazine app or Apple newstand app required to manage your magazine account(s). Each required different log-in and password procedures, some required lengthy account numbers (from the magazine labels themselves) and on and on.
The Good News – “Next Issue” App solves everything
A realtively new company and app (for Apple and Android) is called “Next Issue” and has solved (for me) 95% of my digital magazine nightmares. The “Next Issue” app allows me to manage and read all the current and past issues of my favorite magazines. The formatting is almost perfect on my iPad (10″ full size model) and actually usable on my iPhone 6 plus smartphone (5.5″ screen size). The formatting features are pretty consistent from magazine to magazine. The magazines download quickly (1-2 minutes, about 250Mb each). It’s easy to download, delete, and re-download any issue of any of the over 140 supported magazines. Web site links, video links, audio links and animation and special effects are all supported.
The cost – $9.99 per month for access to all monthly magazines that are supported. $14.99 per month gets you all the monthly and the weekly (Time, People, etc.) magazines. No contracts. Free 30 day trial. Actually saves me money because all my magazine subscriptions for the same print and or digital magazines was substantially more than $14.99. Plus the same account can be used on up to five devices.
It won’t cost you a thing to check out “Next Issue” on your iPad or iPhone for the next 30 days. Start here to see if your favorite magazine(s) are supported – I’ll bet most of them are: Next Issue Web Site (click this link.) Then download the app from the Apple App Store or Android Play Store.
I’m very confident that if you enjoy reading magazines – you will enjoy “Next Issue” – and think about all the trees you will save!