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Old 02-26-11, 04:34 AM   #1
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Electronic magazine subscriptions?

Hey. Does anyone subscribe to any magazines online, specifically using Zinio.com?
I've had a subscription to (the tangible version of) Bicycle Times, which is awesome and I'd LOVE to continue supporting. However, my lifestyle is becoming much less-condusive to receiving it in the mail, then lugging them around with me (traveling).

I don't rely on the internet TOO much, don't have a smart phone, etc., and am reluctant to sign up for anything online or start new accounts. Otherwise, this sounds like a good solution to this problem, which has been kinda stressin' me out. I know, right?

Anyway, do you guys have first-hand experience? Is it terribly complicated? It looks as though you can keep the issues stored online, or download them to your computer, but only after downloading their software. No PDF files.

I just hate it when I have to complicate my life more in order to simplify it.

Thanks!

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Old 02-26-11, 07:30 AM   #2
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I got an online subscript to Runner's World. It came with some running gear so I signed up. I haven't stored any issues so I can't respond to that. In some ways it's a good thing. You don't have to be home to get your magazine..so if you travel it's a nice feature. It's nice that you can zoom in on pages if you have poor eyesight (me), but the navigation always gets on my nerves about half way through the issue. You press the wrong button and the pages skip forward 2-10 pages or backwards.

IMO, it's more of a hassle for me. Plus I like to be able to tote the physical version around with me.
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Afaic, zinio doesn't have an android client (yet?). Seems they are married to overpriced apple products, limiting your choices or e-readers. It would be nice if you could read your magazines in something cheap and free of monthly fees like a Pandigital.
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I use Zinio on my MacBook and my iPad, and really like it. Its nice to be able to zoom in and out, and the magazines usually embed links to additional content - video, additional photos, etc.
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Old 02-28-11, 03:17 PM   #5
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MP- I know what you mean, I don't think anything will be able to replace ACTUAL books or magazines. I'd much rather lay in bed with a copy of BT instead of my laptop. It will be neat to keep sort of a digital 'archive', though, and I see that back issues can also be ordered. So with Runner's World, when you get a new issue, does it just replace the last one? Can you view them for at least 30 days?

RubenX- I'll just be doing this on my plain old PC. I wish I wasn't stuck with this zinio. thing as my only option.... but it is the only option for this magazine. LOL I'd rather be able to download in PDF or something that wasn't specific to their software.

I am curious though (AND clueless!) about the type of e-reader you linked to. How does it connect to the internet, and how do you pay for the service? Basically, how does it work?


Jeff- Thanks. It's nice to hear someone uses it and likes it.
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Old 02-28-11, 03:37 PM   #6
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One of my biggest concerns...

When I think back, I remember that when I subscribed to UTNE Reader and Mother Earth News (same publisher) a couple years back, all of the sudden I was BURIED with junk mail. I know it was from them because whaddya know, everything had the same typo in my last name! I really like to support products I believe in, but that was just uncalled for.

Will I have anything like this happen digitally? Will I get a ton of spam or anything? I think I'll head over there and check out the privacy policy.



P.S. I know responded to my own post. Oh well.
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