Gone are the days of monthly magazine subscriptions, where you pay to have your favourite publication sent straight to your door. Well, maybe “gone” is the wrong word, but the times have definitely changed. Less and less people have a physical magazine subscription anymore, the practice has been phased out by technology, and that’s a good thing.
Replacing physical magazine subscriptions are magazine apps – digital applications that allow you to read your favourite titles almost anywhere. Now, there are more than a few magazine apps on the market, but not all of them are on the same playing field in terms of functionality and available titles.
If you’re in need of a new way of enjoying your favourite monthly titles, then look no further than the list of 5 magazine apps that will keep you reading (and reading) below.
Google Play Newsstand
Only available for Android users, Google Play Newsstand is the successor to Google Currents with more of a magazine focus. Compiling hundreds of articles from media websites, blogs, and, of course, magazines, Google Play Newsstand provides you with quite a wide range of content, both free and paid-for. One of the best features of Google Play Newsstand is how it’s designed specifically for Androids in mind, so the level of functionality with smartphone devices is pretty on point.
Housing over 6000 different digital magazines, Zinio claims to be the world’s largest newsstand, and it’s a bit difficult to refute that statement given the breadth of the app’s collection. Allowing you to sync with social media accounts (specifically Facebook) and receive automatic updates, Zinio keeps you well connected with both your favourite titles and your friends. It’s worth mentioning, however, that while Zinio does offer some free articles every day, most of the magazine subscriptions require a fee. Some users have also reported issues with the amount of space subscriptions can take up.
Boasting a wide array of subjects and interests in its available and popular magazines, Texture does fall a bit short compared to other apps on this list in terms of the actual amount of titles. However, the amount of back issues that can be found through the app (over 5,000) does make up for this. Texture also has some functionality features that make it easy-to-use and readily accessible: up to five different devices can connect to the app at once, offline reading features are available as well as a fairly long free trial. And if you decide to subscribe, the fee is not very high either.
Entirely free and incredibly exhaustive in terms of its titles, Issuu is arguably the most economical app on this list. To put things in perspective, Issue claims to offer over 18 million publications for free, with 20,000 added every day in thirty different languages. Pretty impressive, yes, but keep in mind that Issuu sticks to lower-profile publications, those that are more locally-based or don’t necessarily have the funds to publish to a large audience. Still, if you’re into more independent titles and not paying a lot magazines, Issuu may be your best bet.
Okay, so technically Pocket isn’t a magazine app in the traditional sense, but it functions a lot like one. More of a “content saver,” Pocket lets you take whatever article (or video, or link, or whatever) you happen to be reading and archive it for later. The app will save the piece of content across your devices, too, with unlimited storage. More than a few of us have gone through the process of finding an interesting article, trying to remember to find it again, and then completely forgetting about it. Pocket solves that problem and stores the articles you’re interested in into one accessible app, which is great for avid internet-users who are on the go.
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