From the time I was a little girl, I have been in love with magazines. I remember looking through my mom's monthly issues of Vogue, daydreaming for hours about the fancy fashions and pretty pictures. When I was first starting out my career as a clothing designer, I had boxes upon boxes of magazines for inspiration, and magazine clippings covered the walls of my studio. These days, I never get on an airplane without at least two magazines in hand - it's my special traveling treat.
Despite my affinity for good old fashioned magazines, like most of us, I've become a primarily digital person. These days, I tend to read blogs and websites of magazines more than the actual magazines themselves. My iPad is just infinitely more convenient to carry than lugging around a stack of mags. I do often feel like I'm missing out though by not reading my favorite magazines on a regular basis - which is why I was so thrilled to discover Next Issue.
Next Issue is an app that allows you to browse, manage, and read all of your favorite magazines - including current and back issues - in one place. Pretty rad, right? I downloaded it a week ago and have been absolutely hooked. There are so many great features, but so far, I think I'm the most impressed with the custom setting options. I love that I'm able to set it up to download my favorite mags for offline reading anywhere, and even set up automatic download for titles on my 'always-read' list. I'm also pretty fond of the fact that I can use Next Issue on up to five different devices with a single account. My husband and I have each been able to relax before bed and read our individual favorites on our iPads, at the same time. I also really like the fact that the concept is so much more eco-conscious than buying a bunch of paper magazines.
If you're anything like me (you love your magazines but would prefer not to have to haul them around), I highly recommend giving Next Issue a try. They're even offering up a free 30-day trial right now (woot!), which you can check right here. If you choose to continue after that, it's $9.99 a month for the unlimited basic, or $14.99 a month for unlimited premium. Not bad considering you'd pay that for just 2 or 3 copies of printed magazines - and with Next Issue you get access to 90 of them.
Are you a serious magazine lover like me? Do you prefer the printed versions, or have you converted mainly to digital?
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