There is Netflix for movie lovers, Spotify for music fans. So why not the same for magazine readers?
A new app for the iPad just popped up. Next Issue app for iPad offers unlimited access to all big names in magazines for a single monthly subscription fee.
There is no argument that magazines are becoming one of the print mediums that are easily adaptable in the tablet world because for their vivid graphics and size.
Though there are many apps offering similar services like Zinio and Apple’s Newsstand, these services require the user to subscribe to each title individually. Whereas, Next Issue enable the user ‘everything’ it has on its stock for a flat fee. Monthly and bi-weekly issue will cost you $10 and weeklies will cost $15 only.
However, by ‘everything’, we mean 39 titles so far, with all the big ones like, Vanity Fair, Time, The New Yorker, Esquire, Entertainment weekly, Vogue, Sports Illustrated and so on.
Besides, with Meredith, News Corp. Conde Nast, Hearst and Time Warner backing Next Issue, it is assumed that the app will have 70 titles at least by autumn.
In spite of its cost, the app has some limitations. For instance the app won’t allow the user download content over 3G/4G networks, only Wi-Fi is allowed. However, Next Issue affirms that it will fix the issue in next update.
Beside the app doesn’t take the advantage of the iPad’s Retina Display, so the user can adjust/resize the text by pinching or zooming for easier reading.
Search option and personalization of the app is also unavailable and app controls pop up at unknown intervals.
Nevertheless, with yearly fee of $180 you can have a lot of magazines and as the app can be assessed on five devices with one account which means your family can use it too.
However, this handy app is great to have something to browse through not to mention how many trees you are going to save.