Friday, July 11, 2014

My Favourite App!

This week Mama Kat asked us what our favourite app is as one of her writing prompts.

I recently got an iPad Air and absolutely love it!  One of the first apps that I downloaded was Next Issue (www.nextissue.ca).  It is Canadian but I have no doubt that there is an American version of it too.  With a subscription of $14.99 a month (premium membership), you can get all of your favourite magazines on your tablet.  The first month is free so that you can try it out and see if you like it.

We’re not just talking about a few obscure magazines here like Cat Lovers Monthly or DIY Mushroom Gardening; no we’re talking big magazines like People, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmo, Glamour, Food Network Mag, Time, GQ, Oprah and so many more.  The first two that I named are my favourites and are weekly magazines.  There are some months where I would buy each of them two, three and sometimes even four times in a month.  The monthly membership fee for full access is going to save me a bundle!

I have a hard time imagining myself giving up holding a book in my hand but I’m willing to update myself for magazines.  Some of them even have links that you can hit to see movie previews or other digital extras that people holding the paper magazine don’t get.  Another thing that is nice is that you have access to past issues as well.

I download the new issues that I’m interested in when I’m at home with wi-fi and then I can read them anywhere I want regardless of whether I have a wi-fi connection or not.  Do note though that you do need wi-fi for any links that you want to check out.  Once you’ve read the issue, you should delete it from your tablet to save your device’s memory but can always download it again in future if you want to refer back to an article.  You have unlimited access!   You can also share a page by email if you want to share an article or a recipe.

Just a few of the many magazines!
As you can tell, I’m obviously in love with this app. 

Kathy

8 comments:

  1. It is a great app. I love both hardcopies and reading on tablet. Reason why I am still reading the hardcopy, simply because I love the feeling of having the bookmarks slip in it.

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    1. I feel the same way about books. I can't imagine myself ever giving up books but I'm finding that I rather like magazines like this. There are many times when I'll want a magazine for a particular article but feel it's wasteful to buy a whole magazine for one article. Now, no more guilt!

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  2. That sounds really useful! I'm still more of a hard copy kind of girl, especially because we can use them for crafts at this point, but it's nice to know this option exists.

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    1. When you have younger kids who like to cut out the pictures, hard copy is definitely the way to go. My kids are older now though and I'm finding it surprisingly easy to get used to the digital version.

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  3. It does sound pretty cool. I m slowly accepting the electronic reader but if books ever actually go extinct I'm going to be very upset.

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    1. I'm with you on that one. I'm nowhere near ready to give up books!

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  4. I've never heard of it, but it definitely sounds like you get your money's worth!

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    1. I definitely am and the added bonus is that I won't accumulate piles of magazines anymore; just my piles of books ;)

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