Try magazine-subscription service Next Issue free for 90 days
Do you like magazines? Perhaps you've heard of Next
, a flat-rate subscription service that lets you read all
the magazines you want on your tablet or PC.
(Update: Apparently there's been a technical glitch at
Next Issue's end, so the deal is on hold for the time being. But
keep checking back, because it should go live by tomorrow or early
The service offers more than 80 titles, from Allure and Bon
Appetit to Food Network and Travel + Leisure. They even have some
magazines for us men-folk, like Details and Men's Fitness. You get
unlimited access to both current and back issues (those that are
available digitally, that is).
There are two subscription options: Basic and Premium. The
latter (which is what you're getting as part of this promotion)
normally costs $14.99 per month and adds a handful of weeklies to
the mix, like Entertainment Weekly, People, and Sports Illustrated.
Basic, which runs $9.99 per month, includes only monthly
Once the trial ends, you'll have to do some number-crunching
to figure out if paying for Next Issue makes sense. I think if
you'd normally subscribe to at least six or seven of the available
magazines, it's worthwhile to keep your subscription going.
To my thinking, the real beauty of Next Issue is that it lets
you sample a bunch of magazines you might not try otherwise. Like
Food Network? Maybe you'll like Everyday with Rachael Ray as well.
Big fan of Better Homes and Gardens? Check out House Beautiful. For
true magazine junkies, the whole unlimited-access thing can't be
The Next Issue app is compatible with the iPad and iPad Mini,
many Android tablets (not including the Kindle Fire and Nook,
alas), and Windows 8 PCs and tablets. For reasons unknown, however,
the Android version limits you to more like 40 titles, so for the
moment this is a better deal for the iPad and Windows 8
If you love periodicals and own a compatible tablet, I can't
recommend this highly enough. One important note, however: You'll
need to provide a valid credit card to get the trial subscription
(same as with, say, a Netflix or Hulu trial), and create a reminder
to cancel that subscription on day 89--assuming you want to cancel,
Me, I'm keeping my Next Issue.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
World and Wired.