I haven’t read magazines in years. It’s not that I don’t like them. I do. But I hate clutter and magazines tend to pile up around my house.
Times have changed too. I think of the times I used to read magazines — waiting for a doctor’s appointment, waiting for my kids to finish an activity, waiting . . . well, for anything. But now I have my iPad so carrying around a magazine or two in my already packed diaper bag isn’t too appealing.
I do miss a few of my favorite magazines though. I scan titles as I wait in line at the grocery store but I just can’t justify buying something that I know I’m just going to have to declutter later. I’m aiming for simplicity here.
That’s why when I was asked to review the Next Issue App and subscription service for the iPad I jumped at the chance. This is one of the coolest apps I’ve seen in a while. Next Issue is a subscription service that allows you to access all your favorite magazines without the clutter and waste of a traditional subscription. They have more than 90 titles available from top publishers including Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, TIME Inc., Wenner (full list of titles is available here).
I was really happy with the selection that was available. There were plenty of choices for both my husband and I and my 10 year old son was excited to Sports Illustrated Kids.
You can create your own custom library by choosing magazines you like to read. Those can be switched out at any point if you want to change things around but it really simplifies things when you just have a few minutes and want to find something to read.
One thing I was really excited about what that you not only get current issues of your favorite magazines, but back issues too!
You’ll have plenty of reading material with Next Issue and none of the clutter . . . and really, couldn’t we all use less clutter in our lives.
Most of the magazines even have some fun interactive features that let you customize your reading experience a bit. I had fun customizing the bedroom below in the current issue of Better Homes and Gardens. Now if I could just get someone to show up and magically fix my own bedroom up just as easily . . .
Next Issue has a 30 day free trial available so you can try it out. After your first 30 days, pricing is pretty reasonable:
- Unlimited Basic: $9.99/month (access to all 84 monthly titles including current and back issues, e.g., Cooking Light, Esquire, Real Simple, Vanity Fair, Wired, etc.)
- Premium: $14.99/month (unlimited access to all monthly and weekly titles including current and back issues, e.g., The New Yorker, People, Time, etc.)
If you have a magazine habit already, this app could really save you some money. I’m excited to keep using it, although, I admit that I may have gotten lost in a magazine or two when I should have been doing something productive but it’s all in the name of stress relief, right?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.