04
Apr
nextissuetiny

We've heard whispers that the powers that be have been working on a bulk subscription service for magazines. Now, they're finally delivering it. Next Issue offers users a very Netflix-like subscription service that includes unlimited access to current and some older issues of a selection of magazines for $10 a month. Or, for $15 a month you can get a slightly bigger selection of magazines. Yes, it's tiered.

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At the moment, the selection is particularly small, though it does offer quite a few big name magazines. In that way it's sort of the opposite of Netflix, which tends to have a wide selection of movies and TV shows you've never heard of. Once you download the app, you can add your favorite magazines to the app's home screen.

The interface is pretty clean and, while reading, it gets out of your way, allowing you to thumb through the digital pages without interference. However, thankfully, the app does also augment magazines in a helpful way. While not every magazine has implemented this feature, it is possible for publishers to let users jump straight to cover stories by tapping on them. This marks the first time in history that cover stories have been easy to find.

The payment plan is where things get a little weird. Next Issue still offers individual digital magazine subscriptions for a small fee, if you want  pick and choose. The new system, however, offers two tiers of unlimited plans: for $10/month you get a selection of 27 magazines. If you want Entertainment Weekly, People, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, or Time, however, you'll pay $15/month. It seems odd that they would cut subscriptions in half so clearly along content lines, but at least the service is up front about which content falls where. Hulu Plus? Please follow suit.

It still feels like digital magazines are a bit of a contradiction. The essence of magazines are periodical visual and written content, and what better platform exists for distributing that type of content than the web? Still, there's a huge amount of culture and experience in the magazine world that, old guard or not, still has yet to adapt to the new world. Hopefully this will result in more future-looking magazine content ending up in our hands.

In the meantime, what do you think? Is a small monthly subscription fee enough to get you to read digital magazines on your tablet? Or are you just going to stick to reading blogs?

Source: Next Issue via All Things D

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    $10-15 A MONTH? Yeah...

    • NCX

      Unless that includes porno mags lol then were talking a good price lol

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

      Depending on which magazines and how much you read of them, this is possibly a good deal. One of the magazines his wife wants to read is something like $200 for a yearly subscription from Amazon on her Kindle Fire. Even at $15 a month this is $20 cheaper and you get several other magazines available to you. My ex-gf would have loved this too since she would buy some of the other celebrity gossip rags fairly often. I've got zero interest in this, but the math works out great for people who would...It just depends if you go through a few magazines a month/week.

  • drrrrooooooooiiiiiiiid

    this costs more than netflix and spotify do a month, no way it's worth it just to read magazines.

  • Michael

    With the amount of advertisements in each magazine, why aren't they free?

  • http://karmamule.wordpress.com karmamule

    If someone read a few of those magazines anyway then it's probably a good deal for them.

    I don't, so in my case I'd try to guess how many hours a month I'd spend reading them given the selection and see how that cost stacked up against other activities.

    For me the answer is still no, but I could see it being worth it for someone who thinks they could get a few hours of reading out of it per month.

  • steveo031986

    With the money you spend for this you could actually subscribe to the magizines. I think the only plus is the ability to read back issues and even then, if you actually subscribe, publishers might offer them anyway.

  • Jbs

    Yeah - 10-15 is a bit steep - i'd consider it at half price..

  • http://rekaviles.com Rek Aviles

    Needs to have an "a la carte" style option, so I can spend less and pick the mags I want access to.

    • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

      It does have that. I mentioned it in the paragraph discussing payment options. This option was available via Next Issue previously, but they've now added the unlimited option.

  • spydie

    Not enough selection.

  • Kevin

    Will not work on phones. Will not work on PCs or Macs. Will not work on IOS. Will not work on Kindle Fire. Will not work on Android 2.x. Will not work on anything that does not have 1024x600 or 1280x800 rez

    An awful lot of customers left out in the cold.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

      Yikes, I didn't realize there was a resolution limit. Damn, I was planning on helping out my buddy by side-loading this onto his Kindle Fire...but that's out until there's a rez fix.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

        Damnit, head-to-wall, 1024x600 is the Kindle Fire...somebody slap me for not double-checking before hitting submit.

    • Guest

      It's far too complicated to reformat the pages to fit 3-4 different screen resolutions.

  • Guest

    Huh?

    It costs TWICE as much to read 32 magazines, and it does to watch 500 great movies each month?

  • Zires

    There is a free 30 day trial for full access. I'm going to give it a try.

  • Big Rick

    It's the perfect Holiday gift for sure. Like Google news alerts, links, personalization - it's all now possible. Innovative service, reducing rubbish, and saving trees. The resolution issues will get modernized over time. Lion's Club International constituents wants to know if when future add-on services may be available for the vision impaired?

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