Next Issue Media just became available for the iPad, making the jump from its Android roots. The app is a subscription-based magazine app that may redefine what you think of when you hear the words ‘magazine suscription.’
With Next Issue, you purchase a subscription to ALL the magazines in their service, for one fee. Techcrunch makes the obvious comparison to Netflix, for good reason, but we’ll try to avoid that here. Oops.
With a $15 unlimited subscription, you’ll be able to browse and read every magazine in the catalog in one app. You can also just purchase single issues, or subscribe to monthlies for $10 per month. Some of the magazines also boast interactive, tablet-centric features as well.
The App Store description lists the following magazines:
All You, Allure, Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appétit, Brides, Car and Driver, Coastal Living, Condé Nast Traveler, Cooking Light, ELLE, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Essence, Fitness, Fortune, Glamour, Golf, Golf Digest, GQ, Health, InStyle, Money, Parents, People, People Style Watch, Popular Mechanics, Real Simple, Self, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated, Sunset, The New Yorker, This Old House, TIME, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wired plus more.
If you read a lot of magazines, this makes a ton of sense. One app, one monthly fee, and all the magazines you can read (from their catalog, admittedly). The app was released on Android in April, and plans are to double the number of magazines available (there are currently 39 individual titles), though they will most likely continue to be mass market magazines and not niche titles.
Check it out and let us know what you think of the app – it could possibly become a good competitor for Apple’s own Newsstand, which only offers title-specific subscriptions.