When Google first launched Play Magazines, there was an immediate backlash from users who were already subscribed to paper magazines that offer a free digital copy, as there was no way to grab said digital subscription from Google. Instead, these users were treated as if they had no prior subscription at all and were effectively forced to pay again if they wanted to read on their mobile device. Needless to say, that didn't go over very well.

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Fast-forward to now, and you can finally get your digital fix from your analog subscription straight through Google Play. For magazines that offer such a thing – like Wired and GQ, for example – there's a new entry under the "subscribe" option: "Free for print subscribers." After selecting this entry, it's pretty cut and dry – just enter your current subscription info and you're good to go.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some reading to catch up on.

[Google via Reddit]

Cameron Summerson
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  • Sebastian Encina

    About damn time!

  • Gary Graham

    I'm not seeing that option. Do I need a newer version of PlayStore.

    • sdcoiner76

      This has actually been available for a bit now but it is only available for certain magazines. Hopefully it will extend to all of them.

      • Ryan Yakus

        it's up to the magazines to offer a free digital issue with a hardcopy subscription. some coughesquirecough require you to purchase both, because they think people like to throw money away on redundancies

  • Lawrence Micallef

    Not yet available in the UK Play store it seems :(

  • defred34

    Wow, I wish this came to Malaysia already! Imagine reading Time and NetGeo on my tab! Awesome :)

    PS: Not! I can already do that for over a year on my iPad. The 4:3 aspect ratio is better than 16:9 too, and interfaces for all magazines are much smoother to navigate on the iPad.

    • Xavier Spruill

      You must be the coolest person you know.

  • Sebastien Coulombe

    Not available in Canada I guess :-(

  • Mike Harris

    OK, so this doesn't appear to work from the web, but I did see that option on my GS3. Unfortunately, I only saw it for GQ and Wired. It didn't work for Maxim or Car & Driver.

    I've never subscribed to one of these before. If I do, will I get print and digital? If not, is there a way to do that? Or do you literally need to subscribe twice to get both?

    • bertraze

      It depends on the magazine. Some (like Cooking Light), will offer a free digital copy with a print subscription (though in the case of Cooking Light, it's through Next Issue and not Google). Some, like Scientific American, offer digital as an add-on to your print subscription (at extra cost, and for iPad only, blurgh). Take a look at the websites for your magazines and see what their digital offerings are like.

  • Tom

    Not working from the web, tried GQ & Wired as the story says, just get the option to purchase?

  • andyr354

    The Wired one does not work. I have been trying it for a week and so has everybody else. The reviews speak the tale.

    • DirkBelig

      I'm reading Wired on my Nexus 4 right now. What's the problem? It doesn't appear to have all the animations and froo-froo that the iPad version has, but oh well.

      The only problem is that you have to add subs via the app, not the web site. First World Problems.

      I have Wired, Vanity Fair, and Entertainment Weekly.

      • andyr354

        Keeps saying it cannot verify my subscription. I sent a message to Conde Nast support, will see what happens.

  • David Hart

    I was hoping Game Informer would have this option, but it doesn't.

  • MaxS

    NA for Bicycling either

  • deltatux

    Damn, it's US-Only. Like always >.>", wonder when this will come to Canada. I'm not really a fan of Zinio's magazine reader which I'm reliant on for my digital editions of my print magazine...

  • banjoonmyknee

    This is a beautiful thing. Just got my Wired on my Galaxy S3.

  • John O’Connor

    is there a quick-and-easy down-and-dirty way to do this? i still have 7 print magazines that i think i will be getting until 3 presidents from now

  • Randy Magruder

    Doesn't offer this as an option for Car and Driver or Road and Track...Darn it!!!

  • Mizzle

    If the digital copy works on my ipad why wouldnt it work on my Galaxy Tab? I got Wired to work but Men's Health, Maxim and Muscle and Fitness is not. I have all those digital on my ipad.

  • Michael

    Works on Men's Journal! Thanks!!