Like Hulu for Magazines!


Y’all, maybe I’m late to the party, but has anyone else out there heard of Next Issue Media?  Well, I hadn’t until last week, upon which I promptly became a member.  Explanation:  Next Issue Media is a monthly service that offers magazine subscriptions for your tablet device (Apple or Android… so my iPad is really happy about this whole development).

For the basic service, you pay $9.99 a month for as many magazine subscriptions as you would like — from their selections, of course — then you download them onto your iPad and if you “star” a selection, it’s available for offline use.  And once you subscribe to a magazine, you can view back issues, not just the newest ones.  Here are the titles currently available under the Basic membership:

  • All You
  • Allure
  • Architectural Digest
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Bon Appétit
  • Brides
  • Car and Driver
  • Coastal Living
  • Condé Nast Traveler
  • Cooking Light
  • Details
  • Elle
  • Esquire
  • Essence
  • Fitness
  • Fortune
  • Glamour
  • Golf
  • Golf Digest
  • Golf World Magazine
  • GQ
  • Health
  • InStyle
  • Lucky Magazine
  • Money
  • Parents
  • People en Español
  • People StyleWatch
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Real Simple
  • Self
  • Southern Living
  • Sports Illustrated Kids
  • Sunset
  • Teen Vogue Magazine
  • This Old House
  • Vanity Fair
  • Vogue
  • W Magazine
  • Wired

Woo!  I’m subscribed to… oh… half of those.

There’s also a premium membership for $14.99 and it gets you a few more titles to choose from (in addition to the ones available with Basic):

  • Entertainment Weekly
  • People
  • Sports Illustrated
  • The New Yorker (this one’s only available for tablets with a resolution of 1024 X 600)
  • Time

You can sign up for a one month free trial (which is what I did), then after one month they charge you, unless you tell them otherwise (just like Netflix or Hulu does).  After you become a member, you download their free app and can select which titles you want downloaded and stored.

I can see how a lot of readers aren’t getting particularly excited about this one, perhaps because you have no leisure time or you spend part of your day sitting in traffic.  But for straphangers like myself, this is a perfect way to pass the time on a long subway commute (and if you live in south Brooklyn like myself, you definitely have some time to pass).

And since I am a New Yorker — or will be again in six days — not having to carry all of my reading material in paper form is quite handy.  I read magazines pretty darn fast, and then once I’m done, I’m usually left with nothing else to read. And if I have nothing to read, I’m reduced to staring at my surroundings… which on a subway, is less than desirable most of the time.  (I also don’t usually carry books because of the extra weight — I’m already carrying everything else I own in my magical Mary Poppins bag anyway).

Oh yeah!  Best of all… getting a Next Issue Media subscription is a greener way to enjoy magazines!  I mean seriously, who really saves all of their magazines?  Hopefully you recycle them when you’re done with them… but did you really need a hard copy in the first place?  (This is where my magazine loving mother says “Absolutely!”  But she has back issues of Better Homes & Gardens dating back to 1997, because she “might need to look through them again one day.”  She’s not a hoarder, but sometimes she toes the line.)

So go check it out, iPad and Android tablet users with either gobs of free time or gobs of waiting time (subway commute? airplane travel? boring job that you’re overqualified for?).  I’m still on my free trial, but I’m loving it so far and have every intention of keeping my subscription after the month is over.

To subscribe — or just learn more about this service — go to their website.

P.S. — Next Issue Media is not a sponsor; they are not paying me to say all of these nice things.  I just enjoy sharing a good, affordable (and green) thing when I find it!

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