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Tue Aug 27, 2013, 11:20 PM

No more print magazines, what do I do?

First it was PC Magazine that went from print to digital only. Then Newsweek, and now PC World. And numerous smaller publications have done so, like my city's Crime Watch newsletter.

I'm getting old. I LOVE TO READ IN BED! And it's how I fall asleep. I hate reading long articles and books on my computer screen at a desk.

When PC World recently went all-digital, I signed up for the Zinio subscription service and Zinio Reader for reading downloaded magazines offline on my Windows 7 PC. But that royally sucks:

I cannot underline or highlight, I cannot annotate, I cannot copy and paste anything. What worthless crap.

Whereas in a print magazine I underline and annotate. I underline some really key things darker and harder. I put a star or two in the margin for a really key key thing. Sometimes I use different colors. And I do that all FLAT ON MY BACK IN BED. And though with a print magazine I can't copy and paste electronically either, I do type a few sparse notes on some key articles, and clip the article and file chronologically.

I have not explored any e-book readers or tablets. I know with a Kindle, for example, one can underline and annotate, but don't know if I'd be allowed to do that on my PCWorld subscription from Zinio (probably not)

I have similar issues with books too, but let's make that a separate posting.

Anyone else having trouble coping with the modern world?

Thanks for any insights.

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Reply No more print magazines, what do I do? (Original post)
progree Aug 2013 OP
HarveyDarkey Aug 2013 #1
TreasonousBastard Aug 2013 #2
progree Aug 2013 #3
TreasonousBastard Aug 2013 #5
HeiressofBickworth Aug 2013 #4
sammytko Aug 2013 #7
RiffRandell Aug 2013 #9
Throd Aug 2013 #6
RiffRandell Aug 2013 #11
antiquie Aug 2013 #8
Jenoch Aug 2013 #10
Carolina Aug 2013 #13
Jenoch Aug 2013 #14
Carolina Aug 2013 #15
avebury Aug 2013 #21
olddots Aug 2013 #12
GermanDem Aug 2013 #16
grasswire Aug 2013 #17
surrealAmerican Aug 2013 #18
johnsolaris Aug 2013 #19
progree Aug 2013 #20
csziggy Aug 2013 #22
davidpdx Aug 2013 #23
Manifestor_of_Light Aug 2013 #24

Response to progree (Original post)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 11:27 PM

1. Haven't subscribed to, or read, any print magazines in a few, OK more than a few, years

Yeah, I know, it's all my fault. I'm 64 BTW, and used to read voraciously. Partially because the magazines I used to read were priced like a paperback and those cheaper than that I wasn't interested in.

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Response to progree (Original post)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 11:42 PM

2. I subscribe to more now, and...

happily read them on my Nook.

That I cannot tear pages out any more is but a small price to pay.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 11:58 PM

3. Can you underline, annotate, put stars in margin? Things like that? Thx.

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Response to progree (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 12:04 AM

5. Yeah, but I never bother.

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Response to progree (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 12:03 AM

4. Vanity Fair is still in print

If you can get past the first 75 pages of ads for perfume, high-end clothes, shoes, the articles are actually pretty good. The editor has a definite progressive bent. There is usually a story about an crime among the wealthy and/or titled. Recently the mag had a good article about Oscar Pistorius of South Africa and the death of his girlfriend -- and just last week he was indicted. Anyway, if you are looking for a magazine to read, you might try this one.

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Response to HeiressofBickworth (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 12:26 PM

7. I love Vanity Fair

It is the only magazine I will subscribe to. I've been getting the online version and read it or should say used to read it on my ipad.

Haven't renewed.

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Response to HeiressofBickworth (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 12:45 PM

9. My favorite.

I see where the ads are annoying, but I like to smell new perfumes and look at the models. I've subscribed to it for about 20 years. I read the one you mentioned above and that was a great article.

I'm pretty behind and reading them out of order...I just finished the issue with Kate Moss on the cover.

I miss Dominick Dunne...his coverage of the OJ trial was amazing.

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Response to progree (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 12:09 AM

6. They still print Swank.

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Response to Throd (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 01:06 PM

11. Lol!

I do remember that one.

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Response to progree (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 12:40 PM

8. Here you go: Animal Network Magazines

Cat Fancy
Dog Fancy
Hobby Farms
Horse Illustrated
Reptiles Magazine
Urban Farm
Young Rider

Plus

Auto Restorer
Motorcycle Consumer News

http://www.animalnetwork.com/magazines.aspx

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Response to progree (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 01:00 PM

10. What is interesting is that the general circulation news magazines

such as Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and Time (my parents used to subscribe to all three of them) are going the way of the typewriter, there are many specialty magazines that are thriving. Reader's Digest used to have 18 million subscribers, they are now about 25% of that number.

I too miss the day of the print magazine, but then again, I no longer subscribe to any myself.

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Response to Jenoch (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 03:12 PM

13. Part of the reason

I gave up magazine subscriptions to TIME & Newsweak (typo intended) was because of the rightwing crap that started when the media seemed complicit with the repukes to get Clinton by any means necessary. I had been a long time subscriber and loved both T and N magazines, but the Clinton hatred in the 1990s ended my magazine love affair. I found that I didn't miss them or the clutter they created.

As my eyes, in particular, have aged, I find tablet reading easier because the font can be easily adjusted. Yes, I miss underlining and starring or otherwise annotating but what did I end up doing with all the reading that has been so marked over the years It's in a trash heap somewhere!

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Response to Carolina (Reply #13)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 03:31 PM

14. I was never a news magazine subscriber,

Last edited Wed Aug 28, 2013, 11:36 PM - Edit history (1)

and I don't really remember when they started their demise. The interesting thing is that the last few times I've picked up a Time magazine in a doctor's office, I swear it has about one-fourth as many pages as it used to. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Time quits publishing a paper magazine and goes web-based only.

As to the e-reader...We have a cabin in northern Minnesota. We were up there and my brother's buddy was with us. He had been drinking (well, we all were) and Mike was laying on the couch reading. He was trying to enlarge the font so he could read better. He's poking away and poking away in his efforts to make the type larger, and my brother finally told him, "Mike, you're reading a paperback. Your Kindle is on the table."

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Response to Jenoch (Reply #14)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 03:35 PM

15. LOL!

I guess reading and drinking don't mix either

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Response to Jenoch (Reply #14)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 10:16 PM

21. That is pretty funny! nt

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Response to progree (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 01:08 PM

12. this is called medium loss = job loss

records & tapes replaced with CDs ,video tapes replaced with DVDs then all of these replaced with bubble memory and downloads .

The cultural loss of record stores ,book stores and even magazine racks is just being measured now with the jobs lost and the feelings of loneliness at a coffee place where no one speaks .Cigarettes were poisonous garbage but more social than their replacements , I don't miss smoking but sure miss the chance of talking to a stranger somewhere when waiting for something .

We have all failed our society and civilization by being "with it " and modern in a world now run by machines that are beginning to repair and replace themselves while putting humans out of work in jobs that may not have been wonderful but were still jobs .

I read somewhere that it was very frowned upon to read printed words silently when the printing presses started churning out books . We may be becoming silent and lonely ,will DU be replaced with implants ? probably and we won't read ,write or verbalize just
crunch zeros and ones .On the other hand at our place we have subscribed to a few magazines and gotten several library cards recently so maybe a back lash could be started away from computerized social media etc... and back to face to face communication with bad smells ,icky visual cues , body language and a sense of belonging with all it's hard work to maintain a balance .


Naw ! but I hope so anyway .

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Response to progree (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 03:37 PM

16. I really enjoy reading magazines on my iPad!

I have tons of subscriptions to magazines. My husband thinks I am crazy reading so many, but I really enjoy it. I will slowly but surely switch to all digital subscriptions soon, it is so much more convenient to have them all in one spot! And they are usually cheaper, not to mention no more recycling, and killing trees! And the photos look stunning on the iPad. There are other devices, too, like the Nook and the Kindle, that offer magazine subscriptions. Just make sure that you have enough memory; my current 16 GB iPad is too small to hold all the apps, photos, books, and magazines. I think I will soon upgrade to a 32 GB model!

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Response to progree (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 04:06 PM

17. I love magazines.

But I have cut back on my purchases of them the last couple of years. Wah!

I love Saveur, and Eating Well, and the flea market style magazines, and Harpers, and Mental Floss, and Mary Jane's Farm, and lots more! Oh, and Piecework, about antique textiles.

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Response to progree (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 06:35 PM

18. On paper we still get ...

... The New Yorker, which is almost weekly, and plenty of good reading; The New York Review of Books, also plenty of good reading, although they don't come out quite so frequently; and a few local weekly or fortnightly "newspapers", which are more like magazines on cheaper paper. We are rarely at a loss for reading matter.

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Response to progree (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 09:11 PM

19. National Geographic

Hi,

The photography is still incredible & the writing is some of the best around.

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Response to progree (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 09:52 PM

20. Thanks much all. Yes, there's still plenty of printed material, but I have to explore digital too

Thanks all who replied, even the snarky ones provided humor.

My title might have overstated things in my OP title, there is PLENTY of printed material out there. But I've had at least 3 of my magazines go all-digital on me, and some minor publications. So I'm trying hard not to just go find another print substitute, and at least explore the digital bandwagon. And I certainly see the pluses, as my house is full of old magazines and clippings.

First thanks for the many magazine recommendations, including Swank, LOL. Something to take my mind off worrying about the loss of PC World.

Since I posted last night, I found a couple of magazine sites that lists tons of magazines. I only spent a few minutes exploring each --

# http://www.magazine.com - seems to show only print magazines
# http://www.speedymags.com - seems to show both print magazines and digital magazines, and indicates with "digital issue", e.g. Newsweek, whether it is digital. Otherwise I presume they are print issues.

general newsweekly - I have been looking for a replacement for Newsweek, but in the way of a general news weekly (and I know Newsweek hadn't been that for some time), there's just Time, and The Week, I guess in print. (I'm looking for print magazines in case I can't find an appropriate digital reading device that underlines, annotates etc.)

progressive magazines - I'm very happy with my progressive magazines -- The Nation and Hightower Lowdown.

New Republic - by the way, I used to have The New Republic, but they kept calling and calling (or their third party buttholes did) to renew (even more than a year in advance of expiration), and besides telling the buttholes what I thought about them (after one or two polite requests to put me on their do not call list forever), I called The New Republic's number and complained, and they wouldn't take any responsibility for the situation, even though they didn't deny that they were the source of giving out my phone number and subscription status. So regretfully (except for their Zionist war hawk garbage and their overall hawkish foreign policy), I had to cancel. The renewal requests finally faded away.

personal computer magazine - I'm desperate though for a general PC (personal computer) magazine, in print unless I have the good fortune to find a magazine-reading device that underlines, annotates etc.. Will explore some more the above 2 sites. There are a couple of possiblilites.

Zinio Reader - Anyway, I will talk to Zinio -- the ones that PC World contracted with for the digital version -- about my ABSOLUTE NEED to be able to underline at the very least, and I will get whatever device I have to get in order to do so (though I suspect they don't provide for that capability even if the device it's on has the capability)

If anyone can, and actually uses underlining, highlighting, annotation, whatever on an e-reader or tablet or whatever, whether for magazines or books, I'd love to hear how easy / hard it is.

PC World forum discussing the transition - I'll also see what they are saying on the PC World forum that is discussing the transition to all-digital:

# http://forums.pcworld.com/index.php?/forum/2028-pcworld-magazine/

That PC World forum sounds like an unhappy group, but I only read a couple threads so far, and it hasn't told me what if any devices they can underline (at the very least) on.

================================================================

I'll let you all know what I find out, but it might not be until Tuesday when I talk to Zinio.

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Response to progree (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 11:17 PM

22. Maximum PC is a good technology magazine

And Smithsonian is one of my favorite print magazines with lots in great articles - cheap, too, at $12 for 11 issues.

I get Science News, which has up to date articles on a wide range of subjects, and Scientific American which is more in depth.

There are places I simply don't want to deal with a tablet or e-reader - bed, bathroom, or outdoors. I like a book or magazine to have real pages!

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Response to progree (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2013, 01:04 AM

23. The shift from print to online is going to be more difficult for some then others

I don't buy magazines where I am because they are even more expensive than in the US (Reader's Digest is about $7). What I usually do is when I am inside the US I bring back all the free alternative newspapers I can grab and then a few RD.

There are places on the net you can find and download magazines for free. Not sure I'd do it inside the US though.

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Response to progree (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2013, 01:13 AM

24. The New Yorker has lots of good reading.

I ignore the fiction and poetry and read some of the non-fiction. YMMV.
The subscription is far cheaper than the stand price.

I read Vogue for artistic ideas, not to wear the strange clothes. And I can try out the perfume strips. The September issue is always 900 pages!!

I read Art in America because I'm an artist.

The Economist is good if you have time for all the detail on the international news.



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