I love reading magazines. When I was a teenager I was hooked on the weekly edition of The Economist. As the years went by and I started to subscribe to more magazines, my resentment towards magazines also grew. I loved consuming interesting content but my room would be cluttered with all these magazines and I hated it. It would grow into a love/hate relationship – on one hand I loved reading but on the other hand I hated the clutter.
So I searched for a solution. As I shifted towards a paperless lifestyle, I found the perfect solution for this – Zinio.
Zinio is an online service where you can subscribe to all major magazines and read them on your phone, desktop or tablet. Reading magazines on your tablet is one of the best things you can do if you’re interested in going paperless with your magazines. You just download their app, login and it will download all the magazines you’re subscribed to.
Initially my search for a solution was to get rid of clutter in my apartment (while still receiving the magazines) but as I started to use Zinio I discovered other hidden advantages of this services. Some of the main advantages of Zinio:
- No more paper magazines cluttered in my apartment (yay!)
- All major magazines are available (even from other countries)
- Discover more magazines you might be interested in that you wouldn’t know about otherwise (with their huge selection there is something for everyone)
- Cheaper prices (you save a lot of money compared to retail prices)
- Easy billing management (all in one place)
- You can buy backlogs of magazines (great for specialized and niche magazines)
- Available on iOS, android and desktop
- Save the environment (going green)
Having your billing centralized is a big plus for me. When I had paper subscriptions I would never know when I had to renew or how much it would be, but with Zinio I can just login and have an overview of when my renewal date is and for how much.
Remember when the tablets first came out? Everyone would say “Reading on a tablet sucks. It’s never going to be as good as having a real book.” I used to be one of them until I bought a Kindle and iPad. Now I refuse to buy paperbacks and hardcovers, and I only buy digital books.
Kindle books and ebooks sales are soaring, and they continue to grow year after year. The same trend goes for digital magazines as more people are shifting towards digital content. I have the same stance on magazines as I have for books – if it’s not available in digital format, I’m not buying it. Fortunately, this hardly is an issue – Zinio has a huge selection of magazines across different countries.
The Zinio app makes the reading experience fantastic – especially on an iPad. It’s better than reading a regular PDF where you just swipe pages. You have interactive links so it’s easy to browse around. Most magazines have a table of contents and these are all links. You just tap and you’ll instantly be on the right page. Also, at the bottom of your screen you can see thumbnails of pages that make it very easy to go through pages.
It’s another great thing to have when you have guests over at your place. You just hand them your iPad, open the Zinio app and let them read stuff. I’ve gotten tons of compliments from people on the reading experience and the selection of magazines. Hint: if you’re a single guy, this is a great way to show off to girls how well read you are.
If you’re curious what I read, here’s a list of my subscriptions:
- Harvard Business Review
- The Economist
- Smart Money
- Travel + Leisure
- Men’s Fitness
As you can see, I read a lot. Unlike most books, you don’t have to read everything in a magazine. It’s easy to skip around and you just read whatever you feel like. This is perfect for reading on a plane, train and those times in the bathroom (admit it, I know you do too!)
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If you want to start going digital and paperless with your magazine subscriptions, I highly recommend Zinio. I’ve tried iBooks, Newsstand and Amazon but their selection is not as good as Zinio’s. The fact that the prices are cheaper on Zinio is a plus (although I would have paid full price just for the convenience) and another reason to make the leap.
Photo by nicolasnova.