I read a lot of music magazines. A LOT. And it costs me dearly.
My reading habit involves a lot of British magazines like Mojo, Q, Record Collector and the like. Each issue can cost upwards of $15 each--and we don't see these things on our newsstands up to two months after they debut in Britain. But what are you gonna do, right?
Yes, I could get a subscription which would give me both a break on the price and more timely delivery. But the last time I did that, more than half my magazines arrived torn and bent.
Now, though, more publishers are getting on the iPad bandwagon--and I'm loving it. That Top Gear magazine that was $14.50 at my local Chapters? I can get it instantly on my iPad for $4.99. The new NME? Instantly on my iPad's Newsstand for $5.99. I can't wait for Q, Mojo and all the rest to get on the digital bandwagon.
This is why this article on the future of the magazine industry caught my eye. Can the iPad save magazines? I vote "yes."