Android Apps

Next Issue is Netflix for magazines: read multiple mags on Android tablets for $9 a month

April 4, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka



The number of quality Android tablet apps is a hot topic whenever discussing the iPad vs. Android tab divide. One area where Android has made real strides is quality reading apps, and Next Issue has just arrived to push those bonafides further.

Next Issue is like Netflix for magazines. Rather than pay for monthly subscriptions to individual magazines, which can be $12 for print editions, Next Issue offers up an entire library of publications for only $9 per month. And if you’re someone who wants access to weekly magazines as well, just pay $15. That’s it. Pay once, read everything.

Best of all, the magazines are not just glorified PDF’s. Each issue is optimized for reading on a tablet and there are additional photos and videos embedded in some articles. The app browsing process is a little disappointing because of its reliance on the web for set-up, but the all-you-can-read model is appealing enough to warrant overlooking that failure. By the way, if you are a current subscriber to a magazine and wish only to see that, you can subscribe to individual magazines or use your existing subscriber info.

As for the magazines featured, the app is currently limited to titles from Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp, and Time. That leaves a lot of content wholes depending on your interests or tastes, but the newly-launched app does have a lot of titles. The full list of supported magus is available below. Visit Google Play to try out Next Issue and sign-up for a 30-day trial to see if it’s for you.

Supported Magazines

All You, Allure, Better Homes and Gardens (10” only), Car and Driver (10” only), Coastal Living, Conde Nast Traveler, Cooking Light, ELLE (10” only), Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Essence, Fitness, Fortune, Glamour, Golf Magazine, Health, InStyle, Money, Parents, People, People en Espanol, People Style Watch, Popular Mechanics, Real Simple, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Kids, Sunset, The New Yorker (7” only), This Old House, TIME and Vanity Fair.