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Next Issue and old school subscriptions for those who love the art of publishing.


I remember when I was a kid how excited I was when I got to look at my mom’s magazines. They transported me to exciting places and allowed me to escape from the drudgery of my daily life. When I would whine to my mom “I’m bored” and felt that I would die from the crushing weight of having “nothing to do” magazines were a godsend. I loved looking at the striking photography, wonderful fashions and beautiful models. I imagined myself growing up and living in the city and being an “independent” women. I did not dream about marriage and having babies like so many of my friends. My seven year old self would stomp around and proclaim to anyone who cared to listen “I’m never getting married!” I wanted to be like the lady on “That Girl”. My grandmother like to watch this show and she would often watch reruns while babysitting me and my sister. The show itself was too old for me and didn’t hold my attention, but I loved the opening sequence with Margo Thomas running through the streets of New York—independent, free, and on her own. As I got older my love for fashion grew but took a turn when I discovered the alternative fashions of the underground music scene. One of the first classes I took after high school was a stand alone class at F.I.T. and I flirted with the idea of applying to F.I.T but ended up going to school for film production and moving to the west coast. Well a decade and another degree later, I moved back to New York, and guess what? I am working at magazine and living in New York.

But we all know that magazines and the publishing industry are going through a transition. Who knows what the future of publishing will be once the dust settles. But I think it would be a sad state of affairs if there were no magazines. And to be honest I don’t think that will be case, I think there will always be magazines in one form or another. It is nice to have things on the go, and we all love to interact with our electronic devices, but there is nothing like the 3-D tangible experience of flipping the pages of an actual magazine or book. But being a blogger I also know the allure of being able to fire up your computer, laptop or tablet and getting all the information you need at your fingertips in an instant. [blockquote]think of it like Netflix for publishing—Allie of ALLIE NYC [/blockquote]So when I heard about Next Issue I was certainly intrigued. For $9.99 a month you have access to 140 titles. You can browse, read and download as many titles and issues that you want, and you even have access to back issues. I love that you can download the issues to your tablet as I do not have cellular on my iPad. So I can download what I want when I am online at home and then I will have something to read when I am on the go. For another $5.00 a month you can also access daily and weekly publications. I am thinking of looking in to this service when I get the new lighter and thinner iPad. Of course not all publications are available, but that is fine with me as I still like to get those tangible issues in the mail. So I will probably subscribe to two or three publications and then sign up with Next Issue. This way I am not limited. If the three magazines I subscribe to are fashion based but I feel like reading about interior design, technology, politics or food I can do so anytime the mood strikes me via Next Issue—think of it like Netflix for publishing. How do you read about fashion? Is it strictly via blogs and online outlets? Is it strictly via magazines? Is it a combination of both? Do you subscribe to any magazines and would you do Next Issue? Do you read magazines on a tablet? What do you think the future holds?

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  1. I love collecting magazine, they really make great decor either on a table or in a basket. These are great subscriptions!


  2. I need to check that magazine out and I agree magazine are so entertaining when I was young and still.

  3. I love to read a magazine or a book. For some weird reason, I do not like reading a magazine on my iPad. I need the hard copy of it. I also think it looks nice. Plus, I’m on the computer all day long, I like to give my eyes a break from a computer/tablet screen.

  4. Hi Allie, I totally agree with you- reading a physical magazine is really special 🙂 I like to read it in bed, on the beach… I don’t know if it would be as practical on a tablet. However, the idea of unlimited fashion magazines on a tablet really excites me too! As long as magazines don’t die out altogether (I’m also a writer), I’ll be happy!

    Great post!
    Rachel xx

  5. This sounds pretty cool and I love that there’s so much flexibility with allowing you to change up your reads.

    Where are you watching The Moon Embraces The Sun on? I heard it was pretty good but I generally stick with the modern K-dramas.

  6. I am guilty of no longer reading magazines, the ease of getting everything on my fingertips are just to large to be ignored. With so many fashion and makeup blogs available with a few clicks, my mind never once missed reading a magazine. However, it is very different for book. I love the smell of old musty story books and I love how the pages feel against my fingers.

    I think the day will come when all paper publications will cease, almost everything is done online these days….and when that day comes, it would be a very sad day indeed.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  7. Love it ! X


  8. That is a great price for access to that many things. I will have to contemplate this. I don’t know if I will subscribe, I am too much in love with the printed magazines. I love getting them in the mail or picking one up at the store on a bad day.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  9. It really is sad isn’t it. Though probably wonderful for our environment in regards to not cutting down trees and the general waste of improper disposal. But still, I grew up WANTING magazines. My mum and auntie were the type who were more into gossip mags than glossy Vogue so for me magazines where always something coveted and something I always and still do cherish. I actually don’t like the digitalised version. Like on iPad and such. It’s not the same for me. Same goes for novels too.


  10. Ohhh i love magazines too.
    They are helpful especially the fashion one

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  11. This online magazine place sounds good! I love flipping through magazines just as much as I love flipping through book pages. To this day I prefer hardcopy books instead of reading them on my ipad. It is just not the same. I rarely buy magazines now because I get my inspo mainly through Pintrest, blogs, and Polyvore for sure. I love creating outfits too, so Polyvore is my fave for fashion inspo! Thanks for sharing this news, definitely something to think about. :))


  12. I’d be so sad to see the death of print but I have to admit I do buy less and less magazines these days…

  13. This is a great post. I loved reading it. Much like yourself, I love the touch of a glossy page with vivid colors and bright/bold titles that pop off the page. Am I on my laptop and iPad reading blogs and online window shopping? Yes. But for me, I just love sitting back and flipping thru a magazine. I have my routine. I flip thru the entire mag, looking at photos, glimpsing at interesting titles, etc. Then I delve a little further by really taking in the first 2 or 3 sentences of an article and I dog-ear it. Then I go back to the beginning and take my time going thru it. Sometimes I have a black Sharpe & yellow highlighter in my hand. Actually, we’re getting out of work early this afternoon. We’re driving up to our ski house and the mags are all ready. Yes, I can read in the car without getting sick. I’m lucky. I’ll also be in front of the fireplace within an hour after we arrive with several mags on the coffee table. What else is the to do on a Thursday evening up in Vermont. Thanks for such helpful insight to this online fashion mag.


  14. I love magazines, but I’ve cut back on my subscriptions because they were piling up everywhere. While I prefer a tangible magazine, Next Issue sounds like a great way to enjoy magazines without the clutter 🙂

  15. What a beautiful and convenient service! I agree with you – I am all about print magazines (I hope to get a job with one in the near future when I move to NY), but there’s nothing wrong with some online browsing either. Looks like you’ve found a happy medium!

  16. Love this! I used to have a ton of magazines from when I was in high school but I recently threw them out because they were so out of date. I’ll have to pick up some new ones 🙂

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  17. I’m not that familiar with magazines on tablets. I do own a tablet, but I don’t use it to read magazines, I actually prefer to read things on paper. But this looks like a cool concept for people on the go, and I will definitely give them a try next time I’m traveling! Because lugging around 3 to 4 magazines is a hassle!

  18. If we didn’t love tangible magazines so much, we would totally go for NEXT, if you’re like us and get way too many mags every month, this sounds like a steal. Thanks for sharing. We’ll have to keep it in mind for the future!

    xx 365Hangers

  19. I am using it, and it is amazing, Zinio is also very good, it is fun to get magazines from all over the world!

  20. Sounds really interesting!
    Nilu Yuleena
    BIG hair LOUD mouth

  21. That’s so cool!

    Alice Cerea,

  22. I collect magazines. They keep me entertained and inspired. Great covers and post. 🙂


  23. Hi Allie, Next issue sounds great! I love my paper magazines but every-time i move I must forget about them, I have some subscriptions online. I would take a look to this app. thanks for the info. xx

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