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Old 06-15-2010, 04:28 PM   #1
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I love Zinio!

Thank you to whomever posted earlier about Zinio. I am so enjoying it. I always have loved magazines, but I would restrain myself because it was such a pain to store them. Now, I feel like I do not have to restrain myself. I have three subscriptions already and am thinking of getting more.

I worried briefly about the DRM issue, but then I realized that most information in magazines is not timeless anyway---I won't want to save it all for twenty years, necessarily. So if there is something I do want to save---I mostly am reading cooking and fitness magazines, so these are things like recipes, workout routines and monthly calendars with a tip a day sort of thing---I just use the screenshot feature, save the page I want, and then it's a regular old image I can store in iPhoto and do what I want with, the same way I used to clip articles from fitness magazines and store them in a binder.

And they are a good value, too. The cooking magazine was less than $15 for an entire year's worth of issues. I pay less than a book cost, once, and get a little present every month I am enjoying it so much.

I am thinking of getting Yoga Journal, Food Network Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Body + Soul and National Geographic. I would never buy so many in one month if it were paper, but with e-magazine, it's so handy and I can read them as much as I want and not worry about paper.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:42 PM   #2
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You have convinced me. I want NatGeo! Couldn't see to read it for 3yrs. Maybe with zoom it will work.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:56 PM   #3
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National Geographic is really pretty And quite cheap, I think $16 for a year.
It has some additional content over the printed magazine as well, extra photo galleries, some interviews and so on. It is a really good example of how you can convert from paper and improve at the same time.
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Old 06-15-2010, 10:05 PM   #4
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You have convinced me. I want NatGeo! Couldn't see to read it for 3yrs. Maybe with zoom it will work.

UPDATE: Got it, love it. Thanks!
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:16 AM   #5
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Hmm, I thought they were geographically restricted, but I can't find anything about that. So, maybe it's time for that NatGeo subscription after all! (if I can find it...)
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I like the way Zinio works, and would love to be able to access all of my magazines in such a system.

Unfortunately, I'm not assured of the future supportability of Zinio, or of the mags (one of my mag subscriptions started out on Zinio, then switched to another, inferior service, prompting me to cancel the subscription).

That's why I'd much rather see a browser-based system that could be read on any device that handles browsers. Or a Zinio plug-in that operated within a browser.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:17 PM   #7
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I installed Zinio Reader 4 Beta in my Ubuntu partition and it works quite well. It's a bit of a memory and CPU hot on my laptop but I'll take it. Too bad I had to install Adobe Air as well.

I noticed that one can easily share magazine pages using Zinio, even with people without a Zinio subscription (as far as I can tell). What an excellent feature. That alone motivates me to support Zinio.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:30 AM   #8
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welcome to the club ( http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=83447 )
although I believe you're reading zinio magazines on a desktop or so.

For those of you who are having trouble with regional bindings, you can buy a subscription which is not available to your region, if you just change your billing address. I guess I was not supposed to have a subscription to NG, NG traveller and reader's digest...
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:46 AM   #9
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I'm in heaven with it! Just finished the free "Water" issue of NatGeo, and it was such a pleasure to read it again after a few yrs of not being able to see it. The photos are clear and perfect at very large zooms.

The largest text font was still too small for comfort, until I figured out that the articles can be copied to Pages, then globally enlarged to "subheadings" style. HUGE!

Love it, love it, love it!!!!!'!!!!!!'
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