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Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read? 363

AmiMoJo writes "Over on Slashdot Japan, there is a discussion about what magazines people still read (Google translation of Japanese original). Japanese people still tend to read a lot of periodicals, while in the west readership seems to be in decline. Do you read magazines regularly, or at all? Are websites a good substitute, or do print publications still offer something worth spending your cash on?"
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  • None (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gameboyhippo ( 827141 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:39PM (#43477197) Journal

    None... The Internet has replaced the function of magazines.

    • Not so fast. Some magazines may have a limited shelf life, but they don't need batteries or a charge. .
      • My old routine of reading the newspaper has been completely replaced with eating cerial and reading the news on my tablet...however I like having my lunch outside in the sun (weather permitting) and reading a magazine is much easier on the eyes than a tablet.

        So to answer the original question Canadian Biker [] magazine.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward [] is a perfect example of how to move from a print publication to an online model.

      • Re:None (Score:5, Interesting)

        by RabidReindeer ( 2625839 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @06:03PM (#43477525) [] is a perfect example of how to move from a print publication to an online model.

        Actually, Cracked was a meh, me-too imitation of MAD as a print publication. They got MUCH better in their online incarnation.

      • Re:None (Score:5, Informative)

        by damnbunni ( 1215350 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @06:19PM (#43477703) Journal

        By completely changing your content type?

        The website Cracked is pretty much nothing like the long-running magazine Cracked.

        Cracked was a fairly successful ripoff of MAD. The problem, and it's the same one MAD faces, is that you can't really parody pop culture any more because it's become self-parodying. MAD stays in business, but just barely. There doesn't seem to be room for more than one mag in that segment now, though.

    • Re:None (Score:5, Insightful)

      by mtrachtenberg ( 67780 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:50PM (#43477349) Homepage

      A subscription to The New Yorker is like giving yourself a little treat every week. A subscription to Mother Jones helps pay David Corn's salary. I'm sure there are others worth subscribing to. I've never found a rapid computer multimedia data access mechanism that matches sheets of paper.

      • Re:None (Score:5, Insightful)

        by metlin ( 258108 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @06:05PM (#43477563) Journal

        Indeed. I couldn't agree more. There are some magazines that I continue to read regularly.

        The Economist, National Geographic, Harper's, Paris Review, NY Review of Books, Granta, and Foreign Affairs to name a few.

        The content in some of these magazines are unique and not available online. More importantly, it keeps these publishers and writers in business, which to me is a great incentive.

        I am happy to pay for these publications because they are well written, well edited, and have content that is not easily available elsewhere. They are not just sensationalism and raw data that's poorly written by a 20 year old (e.g. -- they are well written pieces with commentary, insights, and opinions that I value.

        • The Economist and Science are my top two... though I mostly read them both online (and my roommate reads the print versions because it's cheaper to buy the print versions than online only.)

          I've let my New Yorker subscription lapse, but will probably resubscribe one of these days. (I'm a doctoral student who lives in a zen center and teaches martial arts. Not a lot of time. Or money, for that matter. But mostly, the back issues were getting ahead of me, and I felt guilty every time I looked at the pile.)


        • Re:None (Score:4, Informative)

          by Anubis IV ( 1279820 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @07:30PM (#43478245)

          I am happy to pay for these publications because they are well written, well edited, and have content that is not easily available elsewhere.

          Sure, except that they're all available online or in a digital format (e.g. eBook).

          The Economist's []
          National Geographic []
          Harper's []
          Paris Review []
          The New York Review of Books []
          Granta []
          Foreign Affairs []

          Granta and The Paris Review appear to only have digital versions available, but the rest provide logins and a means to access the full content of each article online, from what I can gather. And, honestly, if you're interested in supporting these magazines, shouldn't you be reading them on a screen anyway, since the printing and distribution account for some of their largest costs?

          I do believe something is lost in the experience when we switch to screens from paper, but I also believe that it is largely outweighed by the convenience of easier access, the availability of more content at any given moment, and the lower costs for content creators. And for someone like you, who seems to believe that content is king, I'm surprised you wouldn't agree.

          • I subscribe to The Economist. I read some of it online, but I find that I typically will read the dead tree version cover to cover. On my iPad or on the web I skip a lot of the European and British content. So for me, the paper version is superior.
      • then you haven't used "DNI" direct neural input. Much faster then paper or even computer. Just turn it on and get what ever news the government wants you to think today.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by gvaness ( 1360119 )
      I tend to not carry my phone around at home, and still like to read something in the bathroom. Maxim and Money atm. Tends to be whatever family subscribes me to as gifts though.
  • Push vs. Pull (Score:5, Interesting)

    by dtmos ( 447842 ) * on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:40PM (#43477203)

    Print publications are literally put into my hand, giving me more incentive to read them upon receipt. Web sites require an active effort on my part to go read them, which is often not done due to my habit of procrastination ("I'll take time to check that tomorrow"). Even email links to my monthly periodicals go unused, for similar reasons.

    To me, it's the difference between polling- and interrupt-driven systems. The processor has to be constantly (or at least repetitively) awake to poll, while the processor can be asleep and awoken by an interrupt. The interrupt-based system is usually the lower-energy way to go.

    • Thats the best analogy I've seen yet to print reading versus web. Well done.
    • by oGMo ( 379 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:58PM (#43477469)
      Yes if only there were some sort of Rich Site Summary that could be published by websites that would allow a piece of software ... let's call it an aggregator to be fancy, or maybe just a reader... to pull content for you, much like a mail delivery person. If you found a site you liked, you could just click on a link to subscribe, and your friends could share articles and feeds with you. Google should get on this!
      • by PRMan ( 959735 )
        Yes. But it has to be Really Simple Syndication in order to work...
      • by dtmos ( 447842 ) *

        to pull content for you . . . and your friends could share articles and feeds with you.

        Yeah, thanks for that 21st-Century update -- I'll be sure to check out RSS RSN.

        The trouble with such schemes is that they assume that I know a priori what information I either want or need, and that is almost never the case. It's hard to learn new stuff when the information to which you're exposed is pre-filtered to include only the stuff you think you want to hear. (It may harden one's political beliefs, but I wouldn't consider that a good thing.)

        One of the benefits of a print journal is that I get expos

    • And for me it's just the opposite - I sit down at my computer frequently. I not infrequently am sitting at my computer and want a mental break - and oh look, there's the SCOTUS blog tab! (Or Science, or The Economist...)

  • by shbazjinkens ( 776313 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:42PM (#43477227)
    There's really no substitute on the web (for free) that replaces quality scientific periodicals. If I want to know about some uncommon subject, often the only way to get that information is by paying a credible source to deliver it regularly. The news-media and blogosphere aren't particularly interested in detailing the latest way to detect carbon nanotubes of a particular chirality, or the latest low-energy method of measuring gas flow. That's why I'm still an IEEE member, among other organizations.
    • Absolutely - I read SCIENCE (pub of the AAAS) a bit everyday, learn not only about things in my field but all sorts of interesting things in other fields that I would be very unlikely to encounter elsewhere. I like to format too - a paragraph or two covering the high points for the technically literate non-specialist, a slightly more detailed summary later on, and the full blown paper for those who want all the gory details. Once a month I donate the 4 or 5 issues from the last month to the local library
  • by bigjarom ( 950328 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:43PM (#43477245) Journal
    I still have a subscription to the physical version of Wired, and the content is top-notch - when I do read it; but I usually don't read it in that format. It's all online, and sitting down with a magazine is just not something I ever think to do anymore. I will very likely not renew.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Wired used to be a great magazine until they switched their format a couple years back. Dropped it since it seemed to be full of Advertisements only, instead of true tech articles. It just sucks now, and no longer has any content that's worth paying for. (Electronic or Print version)

  • New Yorker (Score:4, Interesting)

    by HighBit ( 689339 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:43PM (#43477247)

    The New Yorker's commentary is often insightful, and I read it regularly. I also occasionally read The Atlantic.

    In general, magazines (either print or online) are still where one goes to get well-researched, long-form articles.

  • I think the last time I regularly read a magazine was around the turn of the century. Ditto for newspapers. Subject-specific news aggregators like Slashdot have pretty much superseded magazines in every way that matters. Newspapers, on the other hand, are still occasionally useful as packing material.

  • by FrostedWheat ( 172733 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:45PM (#43477275)
    It reminds me a lot of the old Amiga magazines, and indeed has more than a few of the same writers. Though the cover disk is not as important these days it still comes in useful now and then.
  • ...the ones with no or spotty wifi... Other than that, none.

  • On paper, I still sometimes read Economist and Foreign Affairs. The Economist is just a great grab as you're walking out. It's light, and so much content that's at minimum vaguely interesting that you're never at risk of running out of something to read for the day.
  • None (Score:4, Interesting)

    by azav ( 469988 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:46PM (#43477293) Homepage Journal

    What I would relish though is a magazine reader like a 17" touch screen iPad, but one with the smoothness of display of the iPad and the ease on the eyes of the liquidInk of the Kindle.

    I WANT this.

    I want it for reading PDFs of programming manuals, for reading beautiful magazines, for browsing beautiful coffee table books in digital format.

  • I read Wired and Cook's Illustrated and some cycling magazines. Both Wired and Cook's Illustrated are better than the print versions. Even small amounts of interactivity really make them fun to flip through. This is how Wired was always meant to be, if you ask me.

    It's better than just reading off the website because someone has taken the time to really curate the layout and the videos and package everything just so. It's a step above in terms of polish. And, of course, I can read it off-line. (Though the vi

  • Playboy! (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Know it's a long standing joke, but the articles are actually well written across a broad spectrum. My husband doesn't mind the pictures either. ;) Still love the tactile feel of real books too. (Yes I have an e-reader as well). But sometimes I don't want to take one to the beach and risk it getting soaked or stolen.
    Unfortunately with electronic media, we lose the ability to loan/share a lot of the content; which I think is the biggest loss of all. Heck, I would consider buying more e-books if they w

  • I had a subscription for Analog and Asimov on my Nook, but the terrible quality of the ebook edition (missing paragraphs, no logical separation between chapters, etc) made me drop the subscription months ago. Right now, I just have a couple of IEEE magazines coming in, good for reading when I'm stuck at the airport. I find it hard to get time to read magazine articles lately, because they fall between reading short summaries on Slashdot (preference at work) and reading a good book (preference at home).
  • by Sir_Eptishous ( 873977 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:48PM (#43477319) Homepage
    1. MOJO []
    2. National Geographic
    3. New York Times Magazine(some of the best writing out there)
  • Scientific American still has full articles, without interspersed ads, at a high reading level, on usually interesting topics. They are the only physical magazine I don't mind picking up. I am sad they lost the mathematical recreations section.

    • I find the treeware version of Scientific American to work better for the way I read it. Deep articles outside of my area of expertise don't work for me on the computer but seem to work really well on paper. I also get "Air & Space" as treeware. Lots of eye-candy for a "plane nut" like me.


  • c't (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:50PM (#43477357)

    C't [] is the top computer magazine in Germany. Their online newsticker is among the most visited German web sites and they make the tool which is used for testing the integrity of USB thumbdrives all over the world: h2testw []. It is available in print and online with the same content.

  • by mutube ( 981006 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:51PM (#43477377) Homepage

    Can you sex with robot? [] 9% say yes!

    If you're looking for an answer to the slow decline of here it is: .jp has the news that matters!

  • I'd be inclined to buy a magazine or two (Wired, Ham Radio stuff, science fiction and the like, or even Bitch magazine) if there was a bookstore near me where I could browse the rack. Sadly, all the bookstores are gone now.

  • by blackmonday ( 607916 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:51PM (#43477381) Homepage
    Premier Guitar posts all their content online for free, but the paper version is perfect for me. Hey that rhymes I better go write a song...
  • Private Eye is the last bastion of decent satire and serious investigative journalism "In the Back".

    I also read New Scientist, but that's been declining in quality for years. I think they should switch to a bi-monthly edition, and really concentrate on improving the content. I haven't bought it for years, but I do read it at the library from time to time.

    • I also read both of those, I get them on subscription. There are also a few society/clubs that I am a member of that produce things.

  • The Economist (Score:5, Interesting)

    by imlepid ( 214300 ) <kkinkaid@imlep[ ]com ['id.' in gap]> on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:52PM (#43477399)

    I read The Economist (every week) and I am constantly amazed by its quality and informativeness. Although, I must mention, I technically don't read most of it since I consume the Audio Edition [] during my commute to work. The articles I don't get to during the week (because my commute is slightly shorter than the average audio edition length) I typically try to catch up on with the dead-tree edition that is delivered. If the USPS ever ends Saturday delivery that's one thing I'll miss: getting my delivery of the economist before Monday.

    The subscription price is a little steep (about US$120), I feel like I could not go without it.

    • I also read the Economist. It's a very informative magazine, packed with information on any given week. I do still read the dead-tree edition of it too. One of it's strengths is the near complete lack of advertising. Well worth killing a few trees over.

      • by doom ( 14564 )

        I went through an Economist phase, but gave up on it during the run-up to the Iraq war. I was getting enough stupid war propaganda from home-grown sources, I didn't need to pay for an import on top of that.

        Since the Iraq war thing, there have been other things that turned me off... e.g. a cover photo of a demonstration in Indonesia-- as I remember it-- carefully selected to make it look dramatic and violent, when the actual event was fairly peaceful.

        I sometimes wonder if the Economist has ever done any

    • Down thread I list The Economist as well. I discovered early on that I can't get through it cover to cover in a week. I wish I had the time to read all of it every week. But, damn, it is the best of all the ones I read. It may be expensive but it is worth every cent. It is one that I and Mrs. Fool will not give up.

      • by imlepid ( 214300 )

        I found it hard to complete every issue every week until I discovered the aforementioned audio edition. Now my drive to work is much more bearable (bordering on a pleasure!). If you have a short (or no) commute, YMMV of course. :)

  • and Asimov's
  • Which is mostly "People" and golf magazines.

    But I just put a Kindle app on my phone, so probably none from now on.

    BTW, traditional magazines suck being read on a smart phone or Kindle.

  • I like to read when tent camping, and I camp a lot (30+ nights a year). While I do often bring a laptop (and a 30 amp-hour 12 volt battery with some set of 12 volt accessories, including: computer PSU, lights, air pump, electric blanket, bug zapper, fans, etc.). I never have internet access.

    Yes, I car camp, usually at my favorite spot where everybody knows my name (it's my Cheers).

    We subscribe to:
    1. Smithsonian
    2. National Geographic
    3. Arizona Highways (used to live in AZ, beautiful magazine)
    4. Cook's

  • Print publications still have a place, and in a number of stituations (such as reading in the bathtub) they're superior. But I'm going as fully e-reader as I can, because (a) my bookshelves are overflowing, (b) there's no reoom in my house for more shelves, and (c) I'm probably going to have to move to a smaller place in a few years.

    Buying more paper books will not solve this problem.

    But I miss having recent magazines lying around the house, which I would randomly pick up and read. It's not the same with

  • I still read this fine magazine: Circuit Cellar []
    It's worth it.

  • I still get and read some magazines, even in the physical form. The difference is I don't pay nearly as much as I used to. Last year I got a whole slew of subscriptions for $5-10. Mostly I leaf through these looking at ads, samples, reading one or two articles. Recently I subscribed to two magazines, but these were essentially free.

    This is the interesting trend. How many actually pay real money for magazines. There was a time when I would pay 20 bucks for a year. But now 30 bucks for architectural

  • 1) The Economist. Gotta read that each week because the news in the US is too US focused.
    2) Playboy. Had a subscription since '89. Don't judge me.
    3) Wired. It's a good read.
    4) Fast Company. It was insanely cheap. Now I know why.

    Mrs. Fool gets "Good Housekeeping" and "Midwest Living".
    The little Fool gets "American Girl" and "National Geographic Kids".

    Sure, lots of dead trees, but you can't spend 100% in front of a screen.

  • It only comes out 4 times a year, no ads whatsoever; each issue is filled with super interesting excepts from history alongside artwork regarding one subject. Lewis Lapham is a former editor for Harpers, which I would read on occasion. It's the only magazine that I buy regularly, and have for several years.

  • I started out with an on-line account, but switched to hardcopy because a) I can hang on to them, indefinitely, and refer back to a particular article or circuit diagram, whereas with electronic-only, I lose access to them after my subscription runs out; and b) I can read them in the bathroom and not feel grossed out about hygiene.
  • by rbanzai ( 596355 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @06:05PM (#43477553)

    I still read lots of magazines. National Geographic, Smithsonian, several history magazines, Car and Driver, Outdoors, Discover, FlyPast, and so on. I prefer the print format for being easy on the eyes as well as lighter and easier to manipulate than any tablet. At this point I don't have even the slightest interest in digital subscriptions to magazines.

  • by Spudley ( 171066 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @06:06PM (#43477569) Homepage Journal

    While on holiday recently (translation: that's "vacation" for all you Americans), my brother-in-law lent me his copy of T3 magazine.

    T3 is a consumer-level technology magazine. A gadget mag for people who think they're a bit techie but are really just tech consumers.

    I've not read T3 in years, and I wouldn't have actually bought a copy even then. But I actually found myself reading a lot of it. Not because it was talking about anything I didn't know about, but because it was presenting a significantly different perspective on things to the kind of web sites I normally visit. I was quite interesting to get a different perspective and see how the consumer market thinks about some of the devices on offer at the moment.

    The reasons all this is relevant to this discussion are:

    1. Asking about paper magazines to the Slashdot crowd is going to get a predictable response. But you'd be a fool if you think for a second that the Slashdot crowd is in any way representative of the wider public. Slashdot users do not read magazines any more, but other people do.

    2. If my brother-in-law had been reading a T3 website instead of the magazine, it's virtually certain that I wouldn't have borrowed his copy; I'd have stuck with my own preferred sites. The internet is great at making all things available to all men... but most of us cocoon ourselves in our own little parts of the internet and very rarely venture out. We don't get that alternative perspective, and it leads to narrow mindedness and blinkered thinking.

  • I haven't had a subscription to a magazine since I was a kid. I've picked one up at a newstand on very rare occasion (like stuck in an airport). Usually if something interests me, I'll seek it out. I don't need it handed to me. I rely on several aggregator sites to keep me abreast of any exciting developments in fields of interest. I probably have more catalogs than magazines around the house, but that's because they just show up at my door. I do keep a stack of 90s era playboys in the bathroom, just in cas
  • by rleibman ( 622895 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @06:07PM (#43477575) Homepage
    Discover because I find it hard to quit after nearly 30 years of reading it every month. Make because it's beautiful and inspires me, I also get Fine Cooking and occasionally buy at the newstand Dwell.
  • sadly many others I used to read are gone or just craptervising now.

  • While I do read magazines on my Nexus 7 or my wife's iPad, I much prefer an actual physical copy. None of the magazine reader apps are as good as they need to be before I'll give up paper. For some reason, I find the ads much more obtrusive when reading a magazine on a tablet.

    I still read (at least) the paper issues of the New Yorker (cover to cover, no exceptions), National Geographic (though not cover to cover) and half a dozen assorted journals. New York Review of Books. Um, there are probably lots m

  • I still receive the paper version of IEEE Spectrum. As a kid, I used to love reading Popular Science and Omni in the school library. My parents subscribed to a variety of magazines, but I didn't follow in their footsteps primarily because I lived in Canada, and subscriptions to American magazines cost more than twice as much as in the US. The discrepancy still exists today. Pop Sci costs $12/year in the US and $26 in Canada. The logical part of me understands that Canada doesn't have a heavily subsidized ma
  • I get two magazines regularly:

    National Geographic
    Alert Diver

    Alert Diver is the magazine that is included in my membership with Divers Alert Network, which I joined for their travel insurance for my scuba trips.

    National Geographic is awesome. I don't care how much you paid for your monitor, the photos in that magazine will always look better on paper than they do online.

  • Something to do with my hands after working with my brain all day.

  • Ironically, considering their role in electronic communications, I still receive IEEE spectrum and Industry Applications in print.

    Ironically, considering their role in the early WWW, I still receive my University of Illinois Alumni magazines (the general one, the college of engineering one and the Electrical and Computer Engineering one) in print.

    Not so ironically, I still receive National geographic in print.

  • by paiute ( 550198 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @06:13PM (#43477657)
    Smithsonian is the best, one I am willing to pay for. National Geographic, though their gee whiz coverage of the world is annoying sometimes. Make, got that as a gift and really enjoyed it for a couple of years. I would pay for NewScientist if I could afford it.
  • It depends on the publication. Things like newsletters get read once, and would be thrown away immediately if they were in print form. But some things, like my airplane magazines, get read in detail now and again in the future. I really want print copies of these: computers are always crashing, and losing material.

    Besides, it's hard to read a computer in bed.

  • The only magazine I read (and pay for) is Rolling Stone. Its only rock and roll, but I like it.
  • I do -get- a couple magazines, that were touted as added bonuses for joining things that I joined for other reasons, but I don't really read the associated magazines.

    That said, I keep meaning to look into resubscribing to Technology Review. I had at one point gotten it for free, and quite liked it. I haven't yet, though.

  • I subscribe to 3DWorld. I do not have a subscription to 2600, but I pick up copies from the store and have since the late 90s. I do read a lot of "news" stuff my tablet but I prefer learning stuff (think references) with physical books. I prefer Pulse News for the tablet. Apparently USAToday has a pretty good app for their content, and I dig their website. I don't say that often, especially about newspaper websites. It spurred my interest in Backbone.js.
  • by gravity ( 6609 )

    german magazine: iX, []

  • by aembleton ( 324527 ) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `notelbmea'> on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @06:26PM (#43477775) Homepage
    I've taken out a subscription to Private Eye []. I find it funny and insightful and get much more depth of what's going on than I get out of the internet. In additional it feels good to be able to just flick through dead trees and spot something interesting. At £28/year it's not noticably expensive either.
  • Surprised no-ones mentioned this one: it comes with the Planetary Society membership.

    Also I get a bi-monthly local from the NZ Skeptics society. Surprisingly good.

    Occasionally an 'Astronomy' or a 'Southern Skies'. Maybe a 'History today', depends what they're covering.

    'Private Eye' I used to get posted out here - but unless you know who's who in British bureaucracy, you can't follow it.
  • I still read RCCA and some of the other AirAge hobby mags.

    I don't really have the time to race my toy cars any more, but I still like reading the race coverage and reviews of new toys.

  • Panorama - The monthly magazine for the Porsche Club of America
    Heavy Metal - The science fiction and fantasy graphic novel magazine
  • Linux Weekly News []--best signal-to-noise ratio on the whole flipping internet.
  • American Rifleman

  • Scientific American
    American Scientist

  • An odd collection, but ...

    Vanity Fair
    Rolling Stone
    Sports & Exotic Cars
    Thoroughbred & Classic Cars (and other UK collector car magazines)

  • by Trailer Trash ( 60756 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @07:11PM (#43478105) Homepage

    I like Inc. - they've definitely done a good job of keeping the magazine fresh and unique. Popular Mechanics is also just wonderful. They cover not only automotive stuff but pretty much all kinds of DIY issues. They even pushed Linux as a good OS for a home entertainment system a few years ago. Lots of different topics in there, it's an interesting magazine.

  • by antdude ( 79039 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @07:15PM (#43478137) Homepage Journal

    Hardcopies: Wired [] and Entertainment Weekly []

    Digital: Better Software []

    All are free due to coupons and work.

  • by DerekLyons ( 302214 ) <> on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @07:17PM (#43478157) Homepage

    What magazines do I still regularly buy and read?

    Cook's Illustrated, Saveur, Neo,Otaku USA, Shop Notes, Wood, Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, Mother Earth News, Reader's Digest, National Geographic... These are just ones off of the top of my head, and in any given month somewhere between a third and half of them find their way into my shopping cart.

    The 'net certainly provides a firehose from which to choose, but for the most part it serves up cold, stale Chicken McNuggets... while magazines still (for the most part) serve perfectly cooked Coq a Vin. Quantity isn't quality.

  • by RubberDogBone ( 851604 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @07:22PM (#43478187)

    Only two now: MaximumPC and Consumer Reports. MaxPC makes their back issues available for free and I also pay for access to CR's website, but I find the dead tree version works better on the throne, quite honestly. And I don't have time to sit and read anywhere else.

    Why pay for these? Both mags offer content that I like and which is more or less difficult to obtain elsewhere, and it's in a format I like. For MaxPC, I am a long-time reader going back to when it launched as boot magazine, and I prepay for years in advance because I want the mag to stick around. CR I simply use as an info source and comparison tool when I need to buy something out of my usual areas of expertise. I pay them to offer advise on which paint or vacuum cleaner or laundry detergent to buy, because I have no idea myself and no time or money to just guess. It works well. Don't have to agree with their choices. As with MaxPC's reviews, having their opinion is useful even if I may not blindly follow it.

    And I have tried the digital magazines. The tablet PDF version does not tolerate moisture well and requires things like a charged battery, some pre-planning to take the device along, etc. and you are stuck holding it and usually can't also use it for something else. The paper mags simply sit there waiting for someone to read. Doesn't care if I take a shower -there are no moisture sensors to trip. Does not matter if I drop it on the floor. It won't shatter into hundreds of dollars worth of parts or get flushed.

    Total cost for the two mags is about $30 a year plus another $60 for the CR website. ... bleah actually that's a lot of money. Maybe I need to rethink CR.

  • Several (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Sir Holo ( 531007 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @08:28PM (#43478601)
    The Atlantic
    Lapham's Quarterly
    Foreign Affairs
    (used to)
    A few trade magazines

    I read them in the hot tub, on travel, in bed.

    No worries if they get wet, or lost, or if you fall asleep while reading them.

    Most also come with full access to their web site, which often includes access to their entire back-catalog!
  • by bradley13 ( 1118935 ) on Thursday April 18, 2013 @01:42AM (#43479995) Homepage

    The German magazine c't [] is the equivalent of the old Byte, as it existed 30 years ago in the US: Coverage of every techie hardware and software topic, written by people who actually know what they're talking about. Details, not just marketing fluff. For the the big company IT types, there's the sister publication i'X - not to my personal taste, but an equally good read for its target audience.

    I don't know of any equally good magazines in the English-speaking world.

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