Read magazines? I've got the perfect App!

Monday 16 September 2013

As has been evidenced on this blog, I'm a reader.  My Kindle saved my sanity in Gabon where it was impossible to find books or magazines in the English language and particularly difficult to order any with no working postal system.  Magazines were still problematic and only purchased in airports after leaving Central Africa twice a year.

I would have been ecstatic had I known about Zinio.

Zinio is an online database for magazines.  There are literally thousands in practically any genre you could hope for from The New Yorker, to Car and Driver, to Conde Nast Traveler, to US Weekly and Vanity Fair.  I currently hold a subscription to Harper's Bazaar UK edition.  Here's what I like about it...

+The app is FREE and it is FANTASTIC. (It was named Best iOS magazine app!)
+There are a ton of free articles to read even if you don't purchase anything on the site.
+Subscription prices are reasonable but you also have the option of purchasing single issues.
+Your magazines are available on all of your devices.  I can read from my computer or iPhone or ideally, a tablet.
+When you live abroad or travel a lot and have limited access to reading materials in your language, Zinio is a great, inexpensive option to keep up with favourite magazines.
+The app is always with me - if I get stuck in the waiting room at the doctor's office and only have medical pamphlets in Norwegian at my disposal, I can pull out my phone and pick up right where I left off.
+Reading on my phone is not as terrible as I expected.  The app includes a 'Text' option which leaves the page view and brings up only the text on the page.  It makes it really easy to read an article without zooming in and scrolling around.
+Many different magazine editions are available to you - Harper's Bazaar UK, USA, Argentina, Arabia, Taiwan, Russia, India, Mexico... the list goes on and on.
+There are daily deals to check out too!

Zinio is offering you, my readers, 9 FREE magazine subscriptions.  Yes, NINE!  Nine of you readers will win a free subscription to any magazine in the Zinio database - the odds are pretty good!

This giveaway is open to any and everyone.  

You don't have to be a blogger, you don't need to be on Twitter and you don't need to have BlogLovin.  Email subscribers, this means you too can enter!

Here's the details:
+Enter the contest by leaving ONE comment telling me which magazine you'd subscribe to if you won. (When choosing, note the number of issues in the subscription as those vary by publication. Also note which devices the magazine is compatible with.  Vanity Fair wasn't available on my iPhone.)
+One entry per person.
+Contest closes Sunday, September 22th at Noon, CET.
+Winners will be notified on From There To Here and via Email.  (Please make sure you leave your email address in your comment!)

Good Luck!

*Zinio provided me with 1 free magazine subscription but of course, all opinions are my own.*


  1. this is awesome!! There are so many that I would love to subscribe to.... but maybe Elle UK!

  2. I've never heard of this before but it looks great. I'd get a subscription to The Week. Sadly it's not on the iphone but I'd get past that. Email is suewells2511 (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. So many choices! I'd go for Women's Health (US version).

  4. A brilliant idea. For me it would have to be Conde Nast Traveler. pnmcleod (at) aol (dot) com

    Thank you:-)

  5. Oo oo! I want Self Magazine. I miss that mag so much! Dante (dot) jessica (at) gmail (dot) com.

  6. this tool could have enhanced the last few years of my expat life! Oh well, it's here now and that's what counts. If I had the chance I'd sign up for a guilty pleasure that's marked up where I'm living now, something like Vogue Paris... editor[at]fortheintolerants[dot]com

  7. Seriously nice competition Jay. A friend bought me a paper subscription to Vogue Living for a touch of luxury in Ghana. But like you experienced in Gabon it doesn't always arrive!! For a little touch of home I'd love Australian Inside Out.

  8. I'd choose Digital Photographer. My email is miranda (at) endlesslychanginghorizon (dot) com

  9. Woah, this is so cool! I would choose The Hockey News, love that magazine. I'm kaitlynasykes (at) gmail (dot) com.

  10. What a great giveaway! When I was living in India, I used Zinio to buy occasional copies of MarieClaire (in India the US version was much more expensive than the Indian version) was a nice treat! So with that in mind, I think if I won I'd choose MarieClaire.....but lately I've been feeling uninspired and have the urge to travel and after browsing Zinio I came across AFAR - which looks pretty interesting. So I'd choose either of those :-)

  11. so many good choices, it was truly hard to pick just one! gah! but i have to go with vanity fair uk in the end :) thank you! e-mail: cynthmj (at) gmail (dot) com.

  12. I would definitely go with Afar! I just got my mom that subscription for her birthday, but I so wanted it for myself ;)

  13. Wow, this looks great! I would go with AFAR :) it's a magazine that I've been wanting to subscribe to but can't budget in right now- this would be perfect! :)

  14. Hi Jay, I've been meaning to comment on your blog for a while, perfect opportunity! My partner and I and our 2 kids are moving to Stavanger in the new year, and I am a bit of a magazine addict and have been wondering how I will get my Australian magazine fix when we move. Zinio is perfect! I would definitely subscribe to frankie magazine and real living Australia.

    Your blog has been very interesting and informative for me while I'm preparing for our move, thank you!

    Oh, my email is sophie (dot) noonan (at) gmail (dot) com (just in case I win!)

  15. I would choose National Geographic Traveler. It is eight issues and is compatible with iphone and pc/mac, which give me great options on being able to choose which device I would like to read on. My email is sarah.gm82 (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. yeay! I would chose wanderlust, a great Uk travel mag!
    fingers crossed!!! x

  17. Paris Match so I can stay up to date on what's taking place in France. :) ryanelward (at) // Merci!

  18. I'm such a magazine-lover, and just downloaded Zinio to my iPad--love it! I would get Glamour (U.S. version) because it's my guilty pleasure or a travel mag, like AFAR.

  19. The Economist - Continental Europe edition

  20. Chatelaine! Kidding...I already get that magazine. Maybe InStyle?

  21. Your blog really hates me leaving comments! This is attempt #3. I've never heard of this but I'm greatly intrigued!! I'd love women's health I think. Great idea Jay!

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