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Image source: Next Issue app

I got an iPad mini a few months ago as a gift and LOVE it. I’m a big magazine reader and over the years, I haven’t managed to zero out my backlog of magazines (subscriptions are pretty cheap). I heard of Next Issue a while back — it’s the Netflix of magazines — and since I now have a decent tablet to use it on, activated a trial subscription right before a trip. I’ve been loving it so far. In some cases, it’s better than print magazines!

Pros:

  • Usability and features. More magazines are going digital-friendly and have special features (e.g. Lucky). Also easy to click from a magazine to the internet.
  • Save it for later. You can easily bookmark/save articles (save as image).
  • Quick read. It’s easy to flip through a magazine to find an article for magazines you don’t regularly read. Here’s a list of all magazines on Next Issue.
  • Back issues. For almost all of the magazines I’ve read so far, there are back issues available for you to catch up.
  • Weightless. No paper to recycle or have to lug around! I usually bring a stack of mags with me on a flight and dump them along the way.
  • Publisher spam. No individual subscriptions to manage (which leads to less snail mail spam…).
  • Fresh off the press. When a magazine hits the newsstand, it hits Next Issue too — so I got to check out the John Legend/Chrissy Teigen feature in AD asap! (Too bad I didn’t know who she was last Feb when we were standing next to each other at JFK.)
  • Versatility. You can share your account across 5 devices.

Cons:

  • Content. I quit weekly gossip rags like US and People a long time and it’s too easy to indulge with Next Issue. (Need some self-control!)
  • Cost. At $9.99/14.99, it’s not the cheapest. Weekly magazines are a part of the premium package. But, if you’re an airport newsstand buyer, or travel and don’t want to be saddled down by paper magazines, I think this is pretty worth it.

If you’re interested in checking Next Issue out, get a free 60 day premium trial through my referral link. For a limited time, you can also opt for a shorter trial and 2000 AA miles.


Continuing on…

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4 comments
  1. talida said:

    ooh that sounds cool. will give it a try.. maybe next month when I think I’ll have some time? who knows. life is crazy.

    online/in store snack/tea offerings at MUJI don’t include my faves :( like instant hojicha or most of the fruity green teas. also in MUJI news! new MUJI flagship to open at 475 fifth, right by NYPL! so accessible! yay!

  2. this looks so neat! i’ve been considering getting an ipad for a while now, other than magazine reading do you find it useful for other work/fun tasks?

    • irenelikes said:

      Thanks for stopping by, Miss Sophie! I’m a big PC user — I love shortcuts. Despite having a bluetooth keyboard for occasional long-winded emails, it’s hard for me to do anything that requires a lot of typing and link-grabbing. Blogging would take me forever and maybe it’s my oversight, but I’m not a huge fan of the WordPress iPad app! It puts me in a different state of mind though, which I appreciate.

      • ah, thanks! that’s really good to know. :)

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