Digital Magazines Pros and Cons

20 09 2012

I am an avid magazine reader, and subscribe to at least 8 magazines, some digitally and some paper.

This list will compare what I see as the pros and cons of each format.

Pros of Digital Magazines:
1. My magazine always arrives on time, and in excellent condition.
2. It includes extra content, although that content is only available if I have an internet connection, which is a con.
3. I can easily carry multiple magazines on my Nook when traveling.

Cons of Digital Magazines:
1. I cannot share the magazine or articles with friends, or even with my spouse, who would read some of my magazines if they were in paper format so I could easily share them.
2. Since I bought the magazine, shouldn’t I be able to share it if I want to? (I suppose this is an extension of #1)
3. Since I subscribe through Barnes and Noble for Nook magazines, the actual publishers don’t seem to have me listed as a subscriber, therefore I am not eligible for some of the subscriber benefits listed on their web pages, such as being able to access articles on the web pages.
4. In some cases, the digital subscription is more expensive than the paper one.
5. I began subscribing to digital magazines, in part, to be more “green,” but some companies send me the paper version too!

Pros of Paper Magazines:
1. I like being able to dog-ear the pages or even tear out pages for articles I like or want to share or save.
2. I can write in and highlight content that interests me while reading.

Cons of Paper Magazines:
1. They sometimes arrive several days late, or even get lost in the mail.
2. I hate getting renewal notices in the mail constantly when my subscription does not run out for 11 months!

What do you all think?  Which version is your favorite?

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