We’ve Got (September) Issues

September Issues 2014

This time of year is exciting as a fashion lover because all the September issues of the fashion magazines come out, heralding the new trends and paving the way for the sartorial months ahead.  These magazines weigh a ton and are inches thick, and I live for their arrival.

I’ve run into a problem this year though: I received digital copies of these magazines before physical ones, and it’s really been a bummer.  Why, you ask?  Well, let me explain.

First of all, I love paper– real books, snail mail, real magazines.  The kind you flip through by turning real sheets of physical paper, rather than flip through on your iPad (meant to simulate paper, but really not at all the same).  I love to mark up magazines, noting my favorite spots, tearing out sheets I want to keep for reference.  Sure, on an e-reader, you can take a screen-capture (a photo of the page), but that’s not the same either.

But, I just couldn’t help myself.  When I discovered that the September issues were available on the NextIssue app, I just couldn’t wait long enough to get my hands on the real thing.  I had to flip through and see what these tomes had to say.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I normally enjoy reading magazines on my iPad, especially when I’m traveling.  But these ones were unsatisfyingly read that way because, well, I think they’re more “important” (which I acknowledge belongs in quotes, because it’s still just fashion, so they’re not important in a wider sense).  The September issues are “serious” (again, with the quotes).  They’re meant to be pored over, studied (okay, that might just be the nerd in me, but I’m sticking by it).

This time, reading the September issues digitally just felt less real, somehow, and less (obviously) tactile.  Somehow, paging through magazines feels like a more lasting and intimate (as in, feeling closer to the subject one’s reading about) than reading them digitally.  It just wasn’t as satisfying.

But then, when the real paper copies of the magazines arrived, they felt spoiled.  Who has time to pore over a 700 page magazine that she’s already flipped through (albeit unsatisfyingly) before?  Turns out, not me.

So, now I have a real dilemma on my hands.  Because I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the September Vogue (it’s the last of the September issues to arrive this year).  I am constantly checking with my favorite magazine store (which I wrote about here) to see if it’s in.  And I’m also frantically checking to see if it’s in at NextIssue (my favorite app for reading magazines).  Because, though I much prefer the experience of reading a true, paper magazine, I just cannot wait to get my hands on this issue.  Whichever way it comes**.

**Ohmygod!!!!!  It’s here!   It’s here!!  On NextIssue.  So, I guess I’m reading this one digitally (too).  A true fashion lover cannot wait. . . .  Ironically, the September Vogue has an article about the rise of new print magazines, independent bookshops, and paper invitations.  So, it sounds like I’m not alone in my preferences.  Although I read about these new developments on the Internet.  I guess I can’t quit it.  At least there are options.



  • kimair

    LOL! it’s funny, i am also a huge fan of reading magazines IRL and not digitally, but I have been good at not checking my ipad and waiting until it comes in the mail. so far i’ve received harper’s bazaar, vanity fair, marie claire, net-a-porter, glamour, and instyle. but then the vogue came out last week, and it was all over social media and blogs and i tried to resist, but i couldn’t help checking them out to see preview pics of the editorials. then today, i get the notification that my digital version is ready for download. UGH! but i still haven’t received the print version. so i downloaded it while i was at dinner, but haven’t actually opened the ipad to view it. how long can i hold out??

    • Oooh, you’re so strong, Kim! I couldn’t resist!! I read Vogue digitally last night, and I still found it satisfying. It’s reeeeaaallly good. In fact, I’m still excited for the paper copy to come out so I can pore over it. Some of the other magazines, I wasn’t as excited about this Fall for some reason. I can’t tell if the digital experience killed it (because I’m such a tactile person), or if I just wasn’t into them generally. You’ll have to let me know what you think of Vogue!! Oh, and did you see Anna Wintour do the ALS ice bucket challenge? Priceless!!

      You can see it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/20/anna-wintour-als-ice-bucket-challenge_n_5695128.html