I’ve read my fair share of magazines in my day. I actually remember some of my very first magazines
- Sticker Magazines
And then of course when I got a little bit older there was:
(Looking through the Google search from some of my old favoute magazines, I’m pretty sure I’ve owned a few with New Kids On The Block, Joey was so cute, he may or may not have been plastered all over my walls)…
Needless to say, I’ve spent some time sifting through the pages of magazines. I’m not really picky as to what I’ll read, house related, recipes, stars, business. As long as there are some good stories and something to learn (I’m not into those gossip magazines), I’ll read it when I’m at the doctors office, traveling or sitting around just waiting.
I’ve noticed in the last few years, I haven’t been reading magazines as much. I suppose it’s because I spend most of my “free” time surfing the net, on social media and just wasting precious time. Not really doing anything much productive. When I was asked if I would like to review Next Issue, I thought it sounded interesting. It was “sold” to me like NetFlix for magazines. I know how much I enjoy NetFlix so I thought I would give it a try, it was free for 30 days after all.
Next Issue really is an app that allows you to download many of the top magazines and read them at your leisure on your smart phone or iPad, cover to cover, current and past issues. I was ready to try it.
While it is free to try for the first 30 days, you do have to enter your credit card to even start the subscription. I was a little disappointed, but at anytime I can cancel before 30 days and my credit card will not be charged. The monthly fee is $9.99, but can be also as high at $14.99. Weekly magazines like Oh Canada are part of the more expensive package. Once I had signed up, provided my credit card, and downloaded the app, I quickly started scrolling through all the magazine titles. I was surprised to see, Oprah, Dr. Oz, Cosmo, House and Home, Food Network, Real Simple and US Weekly, all magazines I’ve been known to read while on a plane or waiting to get my teeth cleaned. But I also found some other titles that looked equally interesting and I just started going nuts downloading them all. To my surprise, once you select your list of magazines you then can view the current issue as well as back issues. Most of the magazine titles issues date back to October 2013.
I actually spent a significant amount of time surfing through the pages of many of the magazines (I most likely should have been doing my write up on the app). I came across a few welcomed surprises, specifically Leonardo DiCaprio in US Weekly. Years ago when he was Luke on the Growing Pains, I think I may have torn his picture out of Seventeen magazine and taped him to my ceiling. Having Leo on my phone app is kind of the grown up version.
I’m excited about spending my free time on Next Issue, like when waiting by the pool for swim class to finish. I do waste an awful lot of time internet surfing, with no value added to my life. While I wound’t call myself a reader of books, I am a reader of magazines. Short stories, often educational and informative, recipes, and home decorating seem like a much better way to spend my time.
I would be remiss if I also didn’t mention that the app did ask if I was above age. I was nervous to see if my eyes were going start bleeding seeing women scantily dressed, but Thankfully there was none of that and I hope it stays that way.
**DISCLAIMER: THIS IS A SPONSORED POST, but I truly have enjoyed using app. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading magazines and now I have one (or 20) ready to go at all times when there’s a few minutes of free time.