Something strange has happened lately, and I didn’t see it coming. After repeatedly hailing the experience of reading real, paper books (a.k.a., not the electronic, Kindle/iPad/etc. variety), I just finished reading a book on my iPad though I also had a paper copy of it that I could have chosen instead.
And then, as if to prove that it’s not simply a fluke, a friend recommended an app that makes reading magazines on your e-reader incredibly enjoyable as well.
This last statement is truly revolutionary for me, because reading magazines– real, honest-to-goodness magazines, full of their subscription cards (which I love to rip into strips to bookmark my favorite pages), is one of my favorite things to do in the world. And I love magazines so much that it would surprise no one in my family if someday I were to be caught under an avalanche of fallen magazines (because I keep stacks of them all over my house– a habit Jenna Lyons recently admitted to as well, so at least I’m in good company).
Anyway, the Next Issue app makes reading magazines on your iPad so enjoyable that it’s converting me (not completely, of course. I still love an actual magazine that you can tear pages from and pin up– like Pinterest, except old school). You really have to see it to believe it (and no one is paying me to say this; they’re just my honest-to-goodness feelings. I love it so much, I had to share it with you.). The pages look so beautiful, and the extra video installments are a seriously fun addition. Also, you can read an article (say, the rad one about Jay-Z in the current Vanity Fair), and then instantly click on another related article from years ago (like an article in the same publication from years ago with Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce– yes, I did just this, and it was super exciting. I didn’t have to search online, sign up for a subscription to Vanity Fair to access their archives, or anything).
And the best thing about it (other than the gorgeous quality), is that you get access to the latest magazines at the earliest possible time– like when they hit the stands in NYC. This is crazy exciting, because the rest of the country doesn’t normally get the same issue for at least a few more days.
And just to go back to the book I recently finished on my iPad, though I had the paper copy too– it was the really lovely read Sister, Husband, Mother, Dog: Etc., by Delia Ephron, which I mentioned here. I thoroughly enjoyed it and think you will too. No matter how you go about reading it.
Speaking of which, how do you like to do your reading these days? Do you have an e-reader, or are you a die-hard paper reader?