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Next Issue's all-you-can-read plan is filling but pricey

July 11, 2012|By Michelle Maltais
  • Next Issue looks to be the Netflix of magazines.
Next Issue looks to be the Netflix of magazines. (Next Issue )

Next Issue wants to be your magazine buffet.

Although some are calling it the "Netflix of magazines," the app may have a broader selection of downloadable content than the movie-streaming service.

For a monthly fee starting at about $10, you'll be able to download and enjoy through its free iPad app a current selection of 34 mags, including Bon Appetit, Fitness, Parents, Car and Driver, Fortune and Wired. If Time or New Yorker is more your speed, you can pay about $5 more.

Next Issue is in partnership with Hearst Corp., Conde Nast,Meredith Corp., News Corp. andTime Inc. The digital publications come with extras such as videos, bonus photography, interactive features and links, the company said in a news release.

The app, however, isn't a standalone entity. In its current form, you have to go to the website to get an account. (So far, I haven't found a way to do it within or through the app.)

Although Next Issue promotes a 30-day free trial, you have to give something to get it: your credit card information. They say you won't be charged if you remember to cancel within 30 days, so mark it on your calendar app if you want to check it out.

The all-you-can-read plan sounds good in isolation. But do you really read $120 worth of magazines a year? Next Issue does sell individual subscriptions ranging from $2 to $10 a month and individual issues from $2.50 to $6 per issue.

These days, though, you can get the glossies for a steal and most come with access to an iPad version.

The app does allow current print subscribers to add and access the digital editions of the titles it carries for free or "a nominal cost," the news release said.

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