Read unlimited digital magazines free for three months
These days I read books mostly on an electronic device, be it a
Kindle or my smartphone. And I'm starting to make the same
transition with magazines. There's a lot to like about reading,
say, Entertainment Weekly (don't judge me!) on my iPad, not the
least of which is that it typically gets "delivered" there two days
before the print version arrives in my mailbox.
If you've never tried reading magazines this way, now's your
chance. For a limited time, you can get a free three-month
subscription to AnyTime
. Normally that would cost you $30. Just
click the green Purchase button in the top-right corner of the
screen, then apply coupon code DEALNEWS3
get to the checkout screen.
AnyTime is an all-you-can-eat (sorry, all-you-can-read
digital magazine service for iPad. In return for a flat monthly fee
($9.99), you get unlimited access to the company's newsstand, which
currently touts some 10,000 magazines. All this happens via the
free Readr app (which, incidentally, is also available for
BlackBerry tablets -- all five that RIM managed to sell).
Readr is a slick, smartly designed app, with features like
bookmarks, sharing, and favorites. Plus, it supports Retina,
something that AnyTime competitor Next Issue does not. Magazines
look much, much sharper in Readr. Unfortunately, there's no
text-flow view, which I think all magazine apps should have.
That's a minor complaint. A bigger one is that although AnyTime
does offer a generous selection of magazines, there aren't a lot of
So, for example, while your subscription includes stuff like
Better Homes & Gardens, Entrepreneur, MacUser, and Men's
Fitness, it doesn't come with biggies like Car and Driver, Food
Network, GQ, or Wired. (Yeah, I have guy-centric tastes. Big
surprise, right?) They're available via Readr, mind you, just not
included with AnyTime.
That's not to say you shouldn't take advantage of this deal.
Indeed, this would make a great (and sneakily cheap) gift for
someone you know, or for yourself. Basically, if you like
magazines, this is a must-get giveaway.
One housekeeping note, however: You'll need to provide a credit
card number (same as with pretty much any subscription trial), then
remember to cancel after three months so you don't start getting
billed. Mark your calendar!Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC