Why I decided to get rid of my magazine subscriptions

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