Why I decided to get rid of my magazine subscriptions

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I love Pocketables. It’s my favorite online magazine for a number of reasons, but I do use a few devices that would never fit in any of my pockets, and I also love comic books – two things that we don’t focus on.

So to read up on the latest gaming rigs, Mac desktops, and comic book heroes, I turn my attention toward other publications. For the longest time, I’ve been a subscriber of Mac|Life, MacWorld, Maximum PC and a few comic books that I just couldn’t find for this picture.

That last sentence is really a testament to why I’ve decided to cancel my magazine subscriptions: I just don’t want to carry around four or five books when I go somewhere, nor do I want to have to find them when I’m rushing out the door. Something I do find and take with me every time I leave the house is my iPad, and luckily, most of the magazines that I still read offer subscriptions through Apple’s Newsstand app.

Plus, paper magazines are starting to feel rather old. I can’t search for text; likewise, I can’t search for specific articles. Those might be problems that stem from my laziness, but I find myself going to the websites of my favorite magazines to read articles so I can search for what I want.

There are plenty of options for me to get my fix of magazines. Zinio has a great magazine app, and there are even more magazines that I could be exposed to because of the iPad. So, in one month, I will write another article to report how I have adjusted to reading all of my magazines on the new iPad’s Retina display. I don’t know if I’ll like it or hate it, but I’ve got one month to make the move from paper to LCD.

Have any of you decided to cancel your magazine subscriptions to go paperless? If so, how has your experience been?

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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5 thoughts on “Why I decided to get rid of my magazine subscriptions

  • Avatar of Josiah Campbell

    I subscribed to Mac|Life forever, but Ier the subscription run out last year: by the time they had reported Steve Jobs’ retirement, he had already passed.

    Time for a new medium.

  • Avatar of Andreas Ødegård

    I’ve been using digital magazines since long before doing so could be considered sane. Ever tried reading the PDF edition of a newspaper on a 400Mhz, 480×800 pixel Nokia N800? If not, you made the wiser choice of the two of us.

    Aside from being WAY cheaper for me here in Norway where the “real” magazines are imported, I simply can’t do paper magazines anymore. I picked up a paper catalog from a local store last week and three times while I was reading it I tried to find the “email this” button. In a paper magazine. Sight

    Anyways, beware Newsstand a bit. I hate it ( because of the interactive magazine system that more and more newsstand editions use. I much prefer Zinio which is just a digital version of the magazine, page-by-page, with a clickable link and some (optional) optimized text here and there. Even if Zinio is a horrible, horrible, horrible spamming company that continues to spam me with useless spam after I’ve written articles about their spamming for years (make sure to use an email address you can filter)

  • I tried looking into subscribing to PC Gamer and Maximum PC thru Amazon but it turns out they don’t give you access to back issues, which is ludicrous, so I’m sticking with paper which is much easier to read in bed anyway.

  • My only complaint with digital magazines is when the digital copy is the same price as the print copy. If you are going to charge me the same amount, then give me the paper mag, at least I can share that with friends.


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