Google releases new web reader for Google Play Magazines

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Since the Play Store started selling magazines, I’ve been hooked. Granted, I’ve mostly been enjoying the free trial subscriptions, but the Google Play Magazines app is absolutely beautiful on my 10-inch ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, and the text-only view gets me by on my smaller HTC EVO 4G LTE.

However, if I’m working at my desk and want to take a quick break, the regular online, desktop magazine viewer has never been that great – until now. If you’re using the Google Chrome browser on a Mac or Windows machine, you now have access to a beautiful web-based magazine reader that rivals the experience I’ve been getting on my tablet.

Navigation is a breeze, I can actually clearly read the articles instead of squinting at what almost looks like a scanned page that’s way too small, and the overall experience is stunning. Finally – this is what it should have been all along.

To check it out for yourself, just navigate to the Play Store in the Google Chrome browser, and click on any of your recently purchased magazines.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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2 thoughts on “Google releases new web reader for Google Play Magazines

  • Avatar of Shawn
    October 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    You mentioned “Chrome browser on a Mac or Windows machine.” Does it not work on Linux?

    Also, just curious – do the magazines have ads? That’s something that’s turned me off about physical magazines – way too many ads.

  • Avatar of hisuwh
    October 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

    This is cool. It makes me wonder how long it will be (if ever) that physical media is abandoned in favour of digital content distribution


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