Sometimes I can really see the appeal of digital magazines. I have let a lot of my subscriptions lapse because I don’t have time for all the magazines I used to get, but I need to get knitting magazines (hello, business expense!) and I enjoy looking at magazines in other crafty disciplines, too.
But then I end up with the mess that is my office, with stacks of unread magazines all over the place. I’ve been cleaning out lately and there’s a giant plastic tub in my closet full of nothing but magazines that need to go to the recycling center.
How much easier it would be if those issues just took up residence on my computer’s hard drive or on my iPad instead?
Well now I (and you) have an easier way to find out if we’d like this approach. Craft Magazines allows crafters to download digital issues of single copies of some of your favorite crafty periodicals and digitally subscribe to others.
Many of the magazines available are the Interweave publications, and they’re currently on sale: $5 off any special issue valued at $10 or more. Get the new knit.wear (which I just bought a paper copy of yesterday) for $9.99 instead of $14.99, or the new Fall Knitscene (which came out yesterday) for $2.99.
In addition to the Interweave publications, you’ll find Knitter’s for $5.99 an issue or $20 for a year (four issues) and the British knitting magazines The Knitter and Simply Knitting cna be had for $6.99 an issue or $64.99 for 13 issues. You’ll also find pubs like Mollie Makes, Do it Yourself, Australian Homespun and many more. It’s not an exhaustive list of crafty pubs, but if you’re a fan of digital delivery this is a good place to start.
Downloads will work on your PC or Mac, on the iPad (but not yet the iPhone), in the cloud and on Android devices. Downloads are immediate and most can be read immediately (I picked one, Mollie Makes, that says it requires an updated reader, so I’ll have to look at that one later). The site is part of Zinio, so if your’e at all familiar with that platform you’ll be ready for crafty inspiration in no time.
So, I downloaded a couple of things and will have updates once I’ve perused them. My worry with digital magazines is that I’ll never get back to them because there’s nothing physical to remind me of their existence. That’s why I only bought single copies instead of subscribing to anything. But it could be a good way to try some new magazines out or get special issues you might not be able to buy off the rack where you live.
Do you get digital downloads of any crafty magazines or books? What do you think of them? Spill it!