This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Do You Intend To Buy A Nexus 7?

We're picking up on the sub-series of polls on your use of the Play store from a few weeks ago, but with a new twist: magazines. Prior to I/O 2012, pretty much nobody used the Play store for movies and music (though Google hopes that will change with slightly more full shelves and the Nexus 7), but what about the new magazines section of the store?

It's not exactly a secret that magazine and newspaper subscriptions have been in decline for years, which begs the question... who reads magazines anymore? Are they the same people who use tablets? Personally, I replaced my 4 or 5 magazine subscriptions with a handful of blogs years ago. While blogs aren't not quite as efficient, I can save $50/yr and get 98% of the content. (Of course, I say that now, but when I sat down to write up this poll I went to the magazines section of the store and... well, I now have a 1-year digital subscription to Maximum PC. It complements my digital edition of The Economist well.)

Have you tried any magazine offerings from the Play store yet? Specifically, have you purchased, and more importantly, will you continue to purchase in the future?

Will You Buy Magazines From The Play Store?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

    Where's the option "I can't buy magazines from the play store"?

    • JonJJon


      • Laurence

        Thirded. There should be an option for "I would buy magazines, but stupid self-destructive publishers don't want to sell me stuff because I don't live in the US, so I can't."

        • stephen

          fourthded... I currently use pocketmags to subscribe to some digital mags in the UK but could switch or buy more magazines via google if the content was present and priced favourably.

  • JH

    if only it was possible in Europe...

  • http://www.facebook.com/petr.l.plachy Petr Plachý

    Yeah...Europian here so nope, nut I would willingly give Google my money for some magazine..:/

    • bluevoodo

      FYI, its spelled European.

  • rob

    live in the uk, so not an option!

    • JonJJon

      I'm doubting Google will get the missing three services to the UK market anytime soon either, if you think before Christmas think again :-(

  • http://twitter.com/el_em Lawrence Micallef

    When magazines become available in the UK Play store that is. Have used Zinio for years already

  • Keith0606

    When I get my nexus 7, I don't plan on buying any magazines, but I don't see a lot of value in magazines in general (print or digital). I prefer to just get my info from Web sources for free. It's not for me but glad it's an option for others.

    Probably get some books though and maybe a movie or two to use in a pinch for my kids. Which are two things I've not bought before from the store.

  • GTvert90

    If they were the same price as a regular mag I'd try it.. popular mechanics is 12 for a year for the physical copy.. 20 on the play store

    • Cam

      That's insane. I was actually about to say that I would purchase if the price were lower than print. It seems like it would cost less (since there is no actual printing, delivery, etc cost), so I'm not sure what their reasoning is. However, if I print and digital cost the same, I see no reason not to pick up the actual print edition.

  • Luke Doran

    I would if i could but you know... not american... i am australian

  • Jammer

    I don't buy magazines anymore. The internet has better quality information and it's free.

  • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    I took advantage of that free month subscription and got Wired. Honestly I don't like magazines on Android. They're either image files or text. I was hoping for smooth, sexy, built-for-android content, not slow images. I probably won't renew.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Only magazines i read are semi-obscure literary magazines. If those ever get added to Google play, I'd love to be able to access them digitally. They're taking up a lot of space in my room

  • LazarusDark

    The last two magazines I bought were Wired and CPU. I stopped renewing both last year because I found that all the content I had already read two months prior on the internet by the time I got the latest mag. I may try Wired at some point, to see if the digital version is any more recent to relevancy (since it doesn't have to go to printing and distribution, I would guess the articles would be a couple weeks old at best, lol) and to see if they have done anything interesting with audio and video.

  • Wayne Randall

    i've bought two issues, a buck each. i don't intend on buying any rag for more than a dollar though. if i can get subscriptions at or less than paper issues, i'll subscribe.. you know how much trash/back-issue piles that would save? i'm all for it, at a reasonable price.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hudspeth Mathew Hudspeth

    I'm not going to purchase them. I will use it when they decide to let us access our current subscriptions like the iPad, though.

  • csaunders1

    When my Gnex update to JB it came with the magazine app but i cant buy any because i'm in the UK...

  • Vyrlokar

    I can't buy magazines from the play store, but it does not matter. I don't read magazines any more, and if they were offered here in the other side of the pond, I would not buy them either.

    Mind you, I would buy ebooks if it wasn't for the brain dead Spanish publishers, that force retailers to sell the books at a price that is higher than a physical copy (and they wonder why people pirate them) and don't allow publishers to discount them by more than 10%

  • Jelmer Borst

    If only it was available in the Netherlands...

  • Lagnis

    I pay for Wired in print. Why should I need to pay again to get from Play store when iPad users get the Wired App free with their print subscription? This is the reason I won't be buying.

  • WestIndiesKING

    there should be an option that says"I dont plan on purchasing a magazine and never really did before"

  • TheWhiteLotus

    Magazines are dead. Why buy them and wait for a new edition to come out when you have great blogs online that are free and publish articles all day?

    • Tyler Chappell

      Exactly! I do however on occasion come across nice photoshop tutorials in certain magazines that may not be as easy to find online. I don't think I will ever buy a subscription via Play Magazines, just a rare occasional magazine every once in awhile if its cheap.

  • SilentMobius

    I think its been years since I last bought a magazine why would I start again?

  • Andrew

    Who buys magazines these days? I haven't bought one for years.

  • Noreen

    I have bought a few of the magazines from the Google Play Store, but haven't bought a subscription, yet. It's another enjoyable option to have on my Android phone and my awaited Nexus 7.

  • Kevin Faaborg

    I bought one while sitting bored waiting for someone, I think it will really determine if i will get more if you add much more magazines. Get some of the publishers like amazon or apple has to really make it worth while. Maybe even some indie/foreign comics that don't currently have a way to view them digitally? I know I could use a 3rd party for some other magazines, but if you (google) offers it instead, i know my billing will be handled better.

  • http://twitter.com/alksnitis Robert Alksnitis


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  • PaulAtreides

    Tried, but the magazines I wanted were not available.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

    I have bought several individual magazines and three full subscriptions. The addition of magazines in the Play Store has made me appreciate the "printed" word all over again. I love it.

  • Tyler Chappell

    I purchased the July issue of Popular Photography for 99cents just to try it out, and overall I am fairly happy with how they've done magazines. And this is just on my rooted Thunderbolt, I look forward to it being much smoother and more practical when my Nexus 7 arrives next week.
    I'm not huge magazine person but I can see myself buying an occasional issue in the future, if the price is right. =]

  • Lincoln Stewart

    I'm Canadian but am in the USA on vacation. i bought a new Nexus and a few magazines, including a couple subscriptions as I hope that once I return to Canada, the phone will continue to update them via my US-located Gmail address that I made specifically for this purpose.

    I got Google Voice for the same reason and have been told that it will work in other countries once you have the actual app--at least, you'll be able to text thru Voice in other countries.

    Does anyone know if I'm correct on this stuff or if I'm mistaken? If correct, it might be smart for me to buy a Nexus 7 while down here and configure it to the same account.

  • Lincoln Stewart

    I'm Canadian but am in the USA on vacation. i bought a new Nexus and a few magazines, including a couple subscriptions as I hope that once I return to Canada, the phone will continue to update them via my US-located Gmail address that I made specifically for this purpose.

    I got Google Voice for the same reason and have been told that it will work in other countries once you have the actual app--at least, you'll be able to text thru Voice in other countries.

    Does anyone know if I'm correct on this stuff or if I'm mistaken? If correct, it might be smart for me to buy a Nexus 7 while down here and configure it to the same account.

  • http://twitter.com/Bateluer Robert Boluyt

    Depends if they have any I like.

  • Michael

    I rarely read magazines anymore

  • Asphyx

    I purchased one sub for PC Gamer from Zinio, but I quickly realized that most of these magazines are nothing more than PDF scans of the paper version and incredibly hard to read without zooming in and out which really is not the product you would want in an electronic version.
    I do think electronic subscription is the future of the print media, but they need to start putting these things into more of an e-book format that can adapt to the unit and form factor the user is using.
    What I would really like to see is more multimedia included so instead of showing me a screen shot of a game actually include a video of the gameplay (in the case of PC Gamer).
    If they keep limiting thier product as if the end product is going to show up on a static page they will not get the subs and people will just go to websites instead where they do give you a fuller multimedia experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359390083 Sodiq Awokoya

    Magazines have stale information. Blogs and super blogs are more relevant and current. Maybe not

  • philippe brodeur

    yup same here... not available!!!!

  • Alm0s

    Please, please include an option for "would if I could, but it's not available outside the US" in these polls.. many of your readers are outside the US, and we feel like you don't care about us at all.

  • IceBeam

    Missing options: NO BECAUSE THEY WONT LET ME

  • Skillit

    You guys should really start adding a option like " Don't live in the US / Service no available in my country" in this type of polls.

    On the subject, even if this service where available here I wouldn't use, for every magazine out there there are several sites that cover the same subject available for free, and mos can be accessed trough Google Currents, which makes the experience of using then even more magazine like.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    Where's the option "I don't buy magazines AT ALL, printed or digital"?

    I get almost all the news/info I need from the web, why would I want to buy some digital magazines that when it's published, contains outdated news/info?

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

    We get it, some people can't purchase because they aren't in the U.S. Could you at least add something more meaningful to your comments other than complaining? There's 15 out of 44 comments (as I write this) that are complaining about unavailability, and only 2 added anything meaningful. At the very least, answer as if you could buy the mags.

    Now that I'm done complaining...I'm not buying any. The current selection (when I first looked) didn't really have anything I was interested in. However, I'm not sure there are magazines that I'd be interested in, I don't think magazines are made for people like me. I've got a lot of interests outside of technology, but I rarely want to spend the time to leaf through a magazine dedicated entirely to a single subject (which is even worse when you consider magazine writers are experts in adding filler).

    As much as I won't buy any, I can think of a fair number of friends that would probably love this. I tend to think that people who are more technically savvy are likely to seek out media in a more controllable, filterable, and interactive form. I prefer to point an RSS reader at 40 web blogs spanning 8 subjects and subsequently filter out anything I'm not interested in, while regular people want to get 2-3 magazines and let the editors decide what they will be reading this month.

  • BrahManty

    I would buy magazines from the play store if they came in some kind of interactive format. Bringing magazines to a digital format brings SO many possibilities for interactivity, like embedded videos, scrollable sections of text, things like that. PC Gamer Digital is a good example, but its only available on Steam. If more magazines did that, I would be down.

  • krisguy

    I prefer Zinio for my magazine subscriptions, since it works on iOS and Android, plus web.

  • archercc

    Im on the fence. I like the idea but am still a bit peeved at the idea that they expect me to pay the exact same price for content that costs them considerably less to distribute and that I still dont have full control over (paper I can lend to friends, give away, sell, etc).

  • Jon E.

    I want to, and I live in the US. But they don't have international magazines. I want things like ViVi from Japan. :-(

  • Alroger Jr

    Dude, magazine was PC World in 1988. Not even Playboy anymore. Magazines still exist?


    you should add an options about if you buy paper mags and whether not you prefer paper mags. I don't like digital mags for several reasons.

    1. screen res is not high enough to enjoy them.
    2. i dont want to be buy the computer/electronic device to read it
    3 i prefer looking at paper mags then electronic ones

  • jose

    i just did

  • corian

    It's hard to justify buying a magazine from Google.

  • Sootie

    I love Top Gear Mag and I would buy it if it was available (no idea if it is or not for being an auzzie) but I think online mag is a great Idea I have piles of old mags I dont really want to throw out but I dont really need to keep them either

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592526552 RhY Thornton

    And here's why: 5 major corporations own every publisher. It's all horseshit. Who shot JFK liars?

  • sky stanojevic

    Hell yea i already bought one (Transworld skateboarding FTW!) and plan to buy MANY more once i get my N7 soon.. i personally love magazines but mainly digital,didn't really care for the physical copies too much besides skate n surf magazines..

  • roninmoto

    I will not buy any magazines because the publisher's are ripping off the public. Let's say that the newsstand price for People magazine is 3.99. There is a lot of cost involved with making that issue and then printing it out and getting it delivered to that newsstand. You could almost (ALMOST) justify the cost. When you go to the Google Play store and the same single magazine is the same price, that really annoys me. There is almost no cost to deliver that magazine, there is no printing costs. In fact, they have to produce the digital copy of the magazine in order to make a print copy of it and it is not like they have to make a new digital copy each and every time for each customer. They should be selling this thing for .99 or maybe 1.99. The fact that the publishers is charging more money for the digital copy than the print copy is the reason that I will never buy their magazines. When they start being fair with the public and stop gouging us, then I would be willing to buy.

  • robert alexander

    The prices are way too unreasonable. If the digital copy was (way) cheaper I would, or maybe if I could get my existing subscriptions without additional cost. But if print is equal price or cheaper, then heck no! Besides, printed copies feel better in hand than my N7 while I'm on the crapper

  • dr2012

    This app is not ready for prime time yet. It keeps crashing my Galaxy Tab on both of the mags I purchased (good thing they only cost $0.99). I do like the 'Text Only" and some of the interactive parts on this better than Zinio, but Zinio works flawlessly when turning pages and skipping to different parts of the magazine. Plus, it doesn't crash my tab.

  • Gloria Tortorella

    I'd like to buy the US version of Wired, but I live in Italy soooo.................. :|