If you have an iPhone or iPad, you have the Apple News app on your device. Apple just launched ‘Apple News +’ which allows you to get electronic access to a whole lot of magazines for $10 a month. It’s sort of like Apple Music for magazines.
I am not an early adopter. I’m happy to wait until the price goes down, the technology gets well used, and the software receives all its updates before I jump on board. But I jumped right on this Apple News + thingee.
I’ve been a magazine junkie for as long as I can remember. It didn’t help that my college work study job was in the library where they stuck me on the periodicals desk fetching issues from the secret behind the wall 3 story back room holding years of magazine archives. Each semester I knew when every major had term papers and could tell them without running myself crazy whether a mag was in stock or not.
As a kid, mom used to subscribe to her faves: Redbook, Ebony, Jet, McCalls, Essence, and some travel magazines. I’ve subscribed to numerous magazines through the years and it’s only been in the last couple years that I haven’t had a magazine come to the house.
I tried subscribing to e-editions of magazines and always forgot to read them. The price was a tad less than the magazine subscription which prevented me from ever subscribing to more than 2 or 3 mags at one time.
Here comes Apple to be the first to offer full access to a bunch of my favorite magazines for $10 a month that I can read whenever I like. I can email myself my favorite articles. I can download the magazines to read without burning up data. Beside my faves being available, there’s a bunch more I know I’m going to poke my head in.
During the lead up to this rollout, Apple had wished to include newspapers in this package, but they didn’t seem to be paying enough for the big papers to hop on. For now, it’s just magazines and I’m thrilled.
I don’t know how magazines are faring financially, but I can only imagine this Apple News + thing will bring them a pay-per-read type of micro payment to supplement their subscription base. Good for them. Hopefully, it will keep a few magazines in business who may otherwise be on the edge.
The first month is FREE if you want to try it.
If you’re looking for me, I’m probably buried in ADWEEK, THE ATLANTIC, BILLBOARD, CNET, CONSUMER REPORTS, EBONY, ENTRPRENEUR, ESPN, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, ESQUIRE, ESSENCE, FAST COMPANY, FORBES, FORTUNE, GQ, INC, INSTYLE, MACWORLD, MAXIM, MEN’S HEALTH, MOTHER JONES, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, THE NEW REPUBLIC, NEWSWEEK, THE NEW YORKER, POPULAR SCIENCE, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, TIME, VARIETY, VOUGE, WIRED, W, and if I have a moment, READERS DIGEST and one of the biking, guitar, and travel mags.
Just politely shove me if I ignore you initially. I’m probably reading an article.