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Old 02-02-2013, 07:08 AM   #1
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Apart from Amazon and Apple, what options do we, in the UK, have for magazines on an android/google OS; and is a 7 incher really suitable?
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:22 AM   #2
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Whether or not it's suitable depends what type of magazine it is. If it's one containing primarily stories, then yes, it should be fine. If it has a more complex layout - columns, pictures, etc - then a larger screen is highly desirable.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:36 AM   #3
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A far as where you can purchase magazines, Apple, Amazon and Nook all sell magazines that are tied to their hardware and/or reading apps, and Zinio sell magazines that can be read on the PC and on apps for all non-eInk devices.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:39 AM   #4
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Yes - Zinio magazines are essentially digital duplicates of a printed magazine, with the same layout, etc, whereas the magazines that Amazon sell are much more like ebooks (in fact they are ebooks).
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:44 AM   #5
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A good source for ebook magazines is Calibre.
If you have access to a given newspaper or magazine website (it may be free or paywalled) and Calibre has a "recipe" for it, it can "screenscrape" the website into an ebook magazine.
It works very well for a lot of websites.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:33 AM   #6
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Thanks guys - lots to ponder on - I wasn't sure about Zinio and whether it 'sold' to UK subscribers.

(ggrrr Nat Geo have their own app but for ipad and kindle fire)
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:34 AM   #7
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Google also offers magazines in the UK
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:36 AM   #8
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Take a look at http://www.magzter.com/ who sell DRMed PDFs.

Barnes and Noble also sell magazines through their http://nook.co.uk/ store, in ePub format.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:49 AM   #9
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(ggrrr Nat Geo have their own app but for ipad and kindle fire)
I get National Geographic via Zinio.
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:06 PM   #10
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I use Zinio on my tablets. The advantage is that you can install their app on any OS, AFAIK, so if you ever want go switch it up, you can. I must admit that I haven't read my subscription in many months, though. Books are more exciting
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:18 PM   #11
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Thanks guys - lots to ponder on - I wasn't sure about Zinio and whether it 'sold' to UK subscribers.
They don't attempt any sort of enforcement of geo-restrictions, so you can either buy UK versions of magazines in pounds from the UK store, or US versions in dollars from the US store, or a mixture of both on the same account.
Just use gb.zinio.com or us.zinio.com
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Barnes and Noble also sell magazines through their http://nook.co.uk/ store, in ePub format.
Am I doing something wrong, or do they in fact have a grand total of four magazines and one newspaper available?
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:27 PM   #13
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:30 PM   #14
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I generally use either Zinio or Flipboard. I've been a happy Zinio customer for years (they keep offering me a year's worth of car magazines for $5 and I keep grabbing them).
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:21 AM   #15
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Am I doing something wrong, or do they in fact have a grand total of four magazines and one newspaper available?
That was my thought, too - which is one reason I was asking the question.

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