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Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the in-related-news,-magazines-apparently-still-exist dept.

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AmiMoJo writes "Over on Slashdot Japan, there is a discussion about what magazines people still read (Google translation of Japanese original). Japanese people still tend to read a lot of periodicals, while in the west readership seems to be in decline. Do you read magazines regularly, or at all? Are websites a good substitute, or do print publications still offer something worth spending your cash on?"

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None (5, Insightful)

gameboyhippo (827141) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477197)

None... The Internet has replaced the function of magazines.

Re:None (2)

syntheticmemory (1232092) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477265)

Not so fast. Some magazines may have a limited shelf life, but they don't need batteries or a charge. .

Re:None (1)

Threni (635302) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477315)

Batteries? Oh, those. No, I rarely bother with them other than the internal ones you get with mp3 players, kindles, tablets etc.

Re:None (5, Insightful)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477521)

Batteries? Oh, those. No, I rarely bother with them other than the internal ones you get with mp3 players, kindles, tablets etc.

You bother with them all the time, by having to remember to plug them in at night. You bother with them when you have to think about whether you're going to be able to finish the movie you're watching on the plane before the battery dies. You bother with them by having to keep your eye on the little battery symbol because once that goes down, your "mp3 players, kindles, tablets etc." are useless until you find somewhere to plug in.

When people are asked what is the most important feature they wish they had on their electronic devices, "longer battery life" is always #1. So yes, people are clearly bothered with them.

Re:None (1)

aoteoroa (596031) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477321)

My old routine of reading the newspaper has been completely replaced with eating cerial and reading the news on my tablet...however I like having my lunch outside in the sun (weather permitting) and reading a magazine is much easier on the eyes than a tablet.

So to answer the original question Canadian Biker [] magazine.

Re:None (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477517)

... reading a magazine is much easier on the eyes than a tablet with an LCD screen


Re:None (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477285) [] is a perfect example of how to move from a print publication to an online model.

Re:None (4, Interesting)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477525) [] is a perfect example of how to move from a print publication to an online model.

Actually, Cracked was a meh, me-too imitation of MAD as a print publication. They got MUCH better in their online incarnation.

POLICE Magazine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477341)

I still get the snail mail issues and also the digital edition of POLICE Magazine [] .

Re:None (4, Insightful)

mtrachtenberg (67780) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477349)

A subscription to The New Yorker is like giving yourself a little treat every week. A subscription to Mother Jones helps pay David Corn's salary. I'm sure there are others worth subscribing to. I've never found a rapid computer multimedia data access mechanism that matches sheets of paper.

Re:None (4, Insightful)

metlin (258108) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477563)

Indeed. I couldn't agree more. There are some magazines that I continue to read regularly.

The Economist, National Geographic, Harper's, Paris Review, NY Review of Books, Granta, and Foreign Affairs to name a few.

The content in some of these magazines are unique and not available online. More importantly, it keeps these publishers and writers in business, which to me is a great incentive.

I am happy to pay for these publications because they are well written, well edited, and have content that is not easily available elsewhere. They are not just sensationalism and raw data that's poorly written by a 20 year old (e.g. -- they are well written pieces with commentary, insights, and opinions that I value.

Re:None (3, Interesting)

gvaness (1360119) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477473)

I tend to not carry my phone around at home, and still like to read something in the bathroom. Maxim and Money atm. Tends to be whatever family subscribes me to as gifts though.

Re:None (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477511)

Neither, its books for me.

Too often the internet is full of biased opinions, paid for articles, or "fluff" articles that contain so little real information they are worthless.
The same is true of Magazines which is why I stopped buying them 15 years or so ago. I used to spend good money on Byte, 80-Micro and others.

Books on the other hand to be published are reviewed and are generally of a much higher quality than you will find on the net
or in a magazine. Some books I have bought 2 copies of because I know I will end up writing in 1 copy my own addendum's , diagrams, and
highlighting paragraphs, the other I keep as a more pristine reference for when the other eventually falls apart, but by that stage I no loger
need all the extra note I made while I was learning.

An no, I dont do ebooks, I am of the generation where paper feel better and I own thousands of them

Re:None (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477533)

I also own thousands of sheets of paper and I agree with you.

Push vs. Pull (5, Interesting)

dtmos (447842) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477203)

Print publications are literally put into my hand, giving me more incentive to read them upon receipt. Web sites require an active effort on my part to go read them, which is often not done due to my habit of procrastination ("I'll take time to check that tomorrow"). Even email links to my monthly periodicals go unused, for similar reasons.

To me, it's the difference between polling- and interrupt-driven systems. The processor has to be constantly (or at least repetitively) awake to poll, while the processor can be asleep and awoken by an interrupt. The interrupt-based system is usually the lower-energy way to go.

Re:Push vs. Pull (1)

Sir_Eptishous (873977) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477343)

Thats the best analogy I've seen yet to print reading versus web. Well done.

Re:Push vs. Pull (5, Funny)

oGMo (379) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477469)

Yes if only there were some sort of Rich Site Summary that could be published by websites that would allow a piece of software ... let's call it an aggregator to be fancy, or maybe just a reader... to pull content for you, much like a mail delivery person. If you found a site you liked, you could just click on a link to subscribe, and your friends could share articles and feeds with you. Google should get on this!

None. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477209)

I only read the free mag from The Planetary Society, because it comes free with the membership.

Monthly Review (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477223)

Monthly Review.
Hey, even Einstein liked it (wrote an article for their first edition)!

Active web user, still read periodicals (4, Insightful)

shbazjinkens (776313) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477227)

There's really no substitute on the web (for free) that replaces quality scientific periodicals. If I want to know about some uncommon subject, often the only way to get that information is by paying a credible source to deliver it regularly. The news-media and blogosphere aren't particularly interested in detailing the latest way to detect carbon nanotubes of a particular chirality, or the latest low-energy method of measuring gas flow. That's why I'm still an IEEE member, among other organizations.

Re:Active web user, still read periodicals (2)

Ed Johnson (2881561) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477611)

Absolutely - I read SCIENCE (pub of the AAAS) a bit everyday, learn not only about things in my field but all sorts of interesting things in other fields that I would be very unlikely to encounter elsewhere. I like to format too - a paragraph or two covering the high points for the technically literate non-specialist, a slightly more detailed summary later on, and the full blown paper for those who want all the gory details. Once a month I donate the 4 or 5 issues from the last month to the local library (I live in a very rural area and the library can't afford to subscribe to such things itself). According to the librarian it's quite popular.


bigjarom (950328) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477245)

I still have a subscription to the physical version of Wired, and the content is top-notch - when I do read it; but I usually don't read it in that format. It's all online, and sitting down with a magazine is just not something I ever think to do anymore. I will very likely not renew.

Re:WIRED (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477477)

Wired used to be a great magazine until they switched their format a couple years back. Dropped it since it seemed to be full of Advertisements only, instead of true tech articles. It just sucks now, and no longer has any content that's worth paying for. (Electronic or Print version)

New Yorker (4, Interesting)

HighBit (689339) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477247)

The New Yorker's commentary is often insightful, and I read it regularly. I also occasionally read The Atlantic.

In general, magazines (either print or online) are still where one goes to get well-researched, long-form articles.

Consumer Reports (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477251)

Consumer Reports was the last magazine I purchased. I purchased an issue when I was shopping for a TV. I don't subscribe to any paper publications. Don't even get the newspaper. Paper is a poor substitute for the web.

They still have magazines? (1)

dgatwood (11270) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477253)

I think the last time I regularly read a magazine was around the turn of the century. Ditto for newspapers. Subject-specific news aggregators like Slashdot have pretty much superseded magazines in every way that matters. Newspapers, on the other hand, are still occasionally useful as packing material.

Re:They still have magazines? (3, Interesting)

roc97007 (608802) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477331)

I bought a newspaper last Sunday. The bird cages needed to be cleaned.

Just for old time's sake, I pulled out the want-ads, intending to look in a couple categories... I couldn't believe that those four skimpy pages were the entire Sunday want-ads. It used to be an entire separate section of the newspaper. One of the categories I was looking for didn't even exist.

I'm a little surprised that newspapers manage to stay in business.

Re:They still have magazines? (1)

pbasch (1974106) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477371)

I still think newsPAPERS provide a value proposition not matched by internet news sources, even from the same publisher. In a newspaper will be far more likely to see articles I haven't explicitly hunted for, thereby exposing me to more unexpected material. On the internet I'll generally get only a narrow range of articles that I have searched for. And paper is just easier to read; legible in any light, batteries not needed, light and foldable... lots of reasons.

I'll miss them when they're gone... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477267)

Rolling Stone. The New Yorker. Occasionally others.

I read one or two a month, maybe... (1)

rajanala83 (813645) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477273)

German magazine "Neon", for young adults, maybe every other month. Then "Laborjournal", a free publication about biology-related stuff. And sometimes a American magazine "Esquire". None of the three really regularly, but sometimes I like to look at something else than the screen, and they're a nice distraction in the garden or or the train.

Linux Format (2)

FrostedWheat (172733) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477275)

It reminds me a lot of the old Amiga magazines, and indeed has more than a few of the same writers. Though the cover disk is not as important these days it still comes in useful now and then.

doctor's offices (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477277)

...the ones with no or spotty wifi... Other than that, none.

a few (1)

stephencrane (771345) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477279)

On paper, I still sometimes read Economist and Foreign Affairs. The Economist is just a great grab as you're walking out. It's light, and so much content that's at minimum vaguely interesting that you're never at risk of running out of something to read for the day.

Re:a few (1)

Broodje (646341) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477519)

The Economist is a great magazine. It's the only one I read cover to cover.

None (3, Interesting)

azav (469988) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477293)

What I would relish though is a magazine reader like a 17" touch screen iPad, but one with the smoothness of display of the iPad and the ease on the eyes of the liquidInk of the Kindle.

I WANT this.

I want it for reading PDFs of programming manuals, for reading beautiful magazines, for browsing beautiful coffee table books in digital format.

Re:None (2)

Beorytis (1014777) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477601)

...beautiful magazines...

Best. Euphemism. Ever.

None (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477295)

Problem is all that i used to read ( like Omni, BYTE, etc ) are all gone. What is left isn't worth paying a subscription for, be it paper or digital.

Heh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477299)


iPad only (1)

Dixie_Flatline (5077) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477305)

I read Wired and Cook's Illustrated and some cycling magazines. Both Wired and Cook's Illustrated are better than the print versions. Even small amounts of interactivity really make them fun to flip through. This is how Wired was always meant to be, if you ask me.

It's better than just reading off the website because someone has taken the time to really curate the layout and the videos and package everything just so. It's a step above in terms of polish. And, of course, I can read it off-line. (Though the videos don't work.)

One caveat: when I fly, I buy tonnes of shitty magazines that I'd never normally read. I usually also grab a newspaper. It just doesn't feel like a properly flight without it.

Not since EGM died (the first time) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477309)

I haven't subscribed to a magazine for over a decade. I miss the glossy pages and new-magazine smell, but interactive content and up-to-the-minute information trump a pack-in CD every time.

Plus, you know, I live for the comments now. Back in the day you had to bust your ass to get featured in a magazine as a letter-writer, now your comments show up whether they like it or not!

Playboy! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477311)

Know it's a long standing joke, but the articles are actually well written across a broad spectrum. My husband doesn't mind the pictures either. ;) Still love the tactile feel of real books too. (Yes I have an e-reader as well). But sometimes I don't want to take one to the beach and risk it getting soaked or stolen.
Unfortunately with electronic media, we lose the ability to loan/share a lot of the content; which I think is the biggest loss of all. Heck, I would consider buying more e-books if they were only $1-$3, but generally you don't see a discount between the two (or maybe a $1 discount). Just not worth the expense at this point...

Scifi/Technical (1)

Deltaspectre (796409) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477317)

I had a subscription for Analog and Asimov on my Nook, but the terrible quality of the ebook edition (missing paragraphs, no logical separation between chapters, etc) made me drop the subscription months ago. Right now, I just have a couple of IEEE magazines coming in, good for reading when I'm stuck at the airport. I find it hard to get time to read magazine articles lately, because they fall between reading short summaries on Slashdot (preference at work) and reading a good book (preference at home).

These are good (2)

Sir_Eptishous (873977) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477319)

1. MOJO []
2. National Geographic
3. New York Times Magazine(some of the best writing out there)

2600! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477325)

I still pick up a copy of 2600, but mostly just for the artwork.

Re:2600! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477435)

I second that one! Especially since I can pay cash anonymously and not end up on a "list" somewhere.

Re:2600! (2)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477573)

I second that one! Especially since I can pay cash anonymously and not end up on a "list" somewhere.

Look over there! See that camera? Heh, heh, heh.

Science News (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477327)

I read Science News regularly. They've got a good web presence too, but I keep subscribed to them for their really deep archives and because I like the physical magazine.

None (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477329)

Haven't read a magazine since I was a teen. I don't really subscribe to fixed online publishers either, just read whatever takes my fancy from the huge numbers of links flying around irc and twitter.

Scientific American (1)

The Raven (30575) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477335)

Scientific American still has full articles, without interspersed ads, at a high reading level, on usually interesting topics. They are the only physical magazine I don't mind picking up. I am sad they lost the mathematical recreations section.

Ditto (1)

DaveAtFraud (460127) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477471)

I find the treeware version of Scientific American to work better for the way I read it. Deep articles outside of my area of expertise don't work for me on the computer but seem to work really well on paper. I also get "Air & Space" as treeware. Lots of eye-candy for a "plane nut" like me.


Physics Today (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477353)

Physics Today (comes with APS membership) --- neat articles on a wide range of physics topics, aimed at reasonably well educated readers (anyone with college-level education in a STEM field, and even ambitious high school students, would be able to understand and enjoy the articles). A nice step in-between the terrible trashy "pop physics for people who can't understand algebra" press and reading straight journal articles.

Science News! (1)

dovf (811000) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477355)

As in [] (but my dad and I share a print subscription). Been reading it cover-to-cover for the past 17 years at least...

Re:Science News! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477513)

Absolutely! Actually in thinking about it this is the only print periodical I read anymore. 36 years for me...

c't (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477357)

C't [] is the top computer magazine in Germany. Their online newsticker is among the most visited German web sites and they make the tool which is used for testing the integrity of USB thumbdrives all over the world: h2testw [] . It is available in print and online with the same content.

New versions of old media (1)

Punchcardz (598335) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477373)

I still read magazines but do so on my iPad Wired, Vanity Fair, The Economist, Field and Stream. What? I like fishing. I also read the iPad version of the NYT every morning with my coffee.

Also on (2)

mutube (981006) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477377)

Can you sex with robot? [] 9% say yes!

If you're looking for an answer to the slow decline of here it is: .jp has the news that matters!

Re:Also on (1)

mutube (981006) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477409)

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice won't get sex with robot [] again.

Re:Also on (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477567)

Given that we're talking about Slashdot Japan, the survey should be a multiple choice question:
- Tentacles
- Android
- Demon
- Virtual idol

Bookstores and magazine racks (1)

braindrainbahrain (874202) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477379)

I'd be inclined to buy a magazine or two (Wired, Ham Radio stuff, science fiction and the like, or even Bitch magazine) if there was a bookstore near me where I could browse the rack. Sadly, all the bookstores are gone now.

Premier Guitar (2)

blackmonday (607916) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477381)

Premier Guitar posts all their content online for free, but the paper version is perfect for me. Hey that rhymes I better go write a song...

Private Eye (1)

Col. Bloodnok (825749) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477383)

Private Eye is the last bastion of decent satire and serious investigative journalism "In the Back".

I also read New Scientist, but that's been declining in quality for years. I think they should switch to a bi-monthly edition, and really concentrate on improving the content. I haven't bought it for years, but I do read it at the library from time to time.

Re:Private Eye (1)

Alain Williams (2972) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477475)

I also read both of those, I get them on subscription. There are also a few society/clubs that I am a member of that produce things.

No Fluff Just Stuff (1)

Fezzick (913356) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477391)

I read No Fluff Just Stuff... lots of advanced developer articles written by people who actually know what they are talking about. Aptly named publication!

A Magazine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477397)

You mean like those things the government is trying to reduce the number of bullets in to violate our second amendment rights? What is there to read on those, the instructions?

The Economist (4, Interesting)

imlepid (214300) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477399)

I read The Economist (every week) and I am constantly amazed by its quality and informativeness. Although, I must mention, I technically don't read most of it since I consume the Audio Edition [] during my commute to work. The articles I don't get to during the week (because my commute is slightly shorter than the average audio edition length) I typically try to catch up on with the dead-tree edition that is delivered. If the USPS ever ends Saturday delivery that's one thing I'll miss: getting my delivery of the economist before Monday.

The subscription price is a little steep (about US$120), I feel like I could not go without it.

Re:The Economist (2)

Hackysack (21649) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477505)

I also read the Economist. It's a very informative magazine, packed with information on any given week. I do still read the dead-tree edition of it too. One of it's strengths is the near complete lack of advertising. Well worth killing a few trees over.

Re:The Economist (1)

desertfool (21262) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477515)

Down thread I list The Economist as well. I discovered early on that I can't get through it cover to cover in a week. I wish I had the time to read all of it every week. But, damn, it is the best of all the ones I read. It may be expensive but it is worth every cent. It is one that I and Mrs. Fool will not give up.

pay for rather than read (1)

genericmk (2767843) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477411)

I think a more relevant question is which do you pay for? I still read Esquire and some cycling magazines and whatever I come across in waiting rooms. I still like reading Time and the Economist. BUT which do I pay for? None. Internet has killed the business model, first and foremost.

Analog (1)

wjcofkc (964165) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477419)

and Asimov's

I used to take Linux Magazine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477421)

They went digital. I won't be renewing my subscription. I haven't even downloaded the digital copies.
I LOVED this mag. The problem is I don't read magazine style content over tablets and such.
Tablets need electricity. Magazines don't
Tablets are under the control of big faceless corps, mags aren't (well not so much) (I mean they can't take an article away from you once you bought it. Amazon proved they could, and they did.)

Maybe i am a dinosaur.

Mental Floss (1)

SJF_BHM (1969884) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477431)

I'm a fan of Mental Floss and read it regularly. Always something interesting, informative and entertaining.

Whatever's at the doctor's office (1)

hduff (570443) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477433)

Which is mostly "People" and golf magazines.

But I just put a Kindle app on my phone, so probably none from now on.

BTW, traditional magazines suck being read on a smart phone or Kindle.

My Magazines (1)

turp182 (1020263) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477437)

I like to read when tent camping, and I camp a lot (30+ nights a year). While I do often bring a laptop (and a 30 amp-hour 12 volt battery with some set of 12 volt accessories, including: computer PSU, lights, air pump, electric blanket, bug zapper, fans, etc.). I never have internet access.

Yes, I car camp, usually at my favorite spot where everybody knows my name (it's my Cheers).

We subscribe to:
1. Smithsonian
2. National Geographic
3. Arizona Highways (used to live in AZ, beautiful magazine)
4. Cook's Illustrated
5. Scientific American

I prefer all of those in their physical periodical form.

Catalogs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477439)

I usually have a couple music store catalogs laying around.

the wire (not wired) (1)

Boigaz (789379) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477441)

the wire is the only magazine that ever had staying power for me (it's a music magazine). i still read the printed edition, which for me is my favourite way to read it.

Paper still has its place, alas. (1)

hendrikboom (1001110) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477443)

Print publications still have a place, and in a number of stituations (such as reading in the bathtub) they're superior. But I'm going as fully e-reader as I can, because (a) my bookshelves are overflowing, (b) there's no reoom in my house for more shelves, and (c) I'm probably going to have to move to a smaller place in a few years.

Buying more paper books will not solve this problem.

But I miss having recent magazines lying around the house, which I would randomly pick up and read. It's not the same with books hidden away on a tablet.

Print publications that are only of transient value are another matter. I throw them away.

-- hendrik

Circuit Cellar (1)

MetalliQaZ (539913) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477451)

I still read this fine magazine: Circuit Cellar []
It's worth it.

Read but not pay so much (1)

fermion (181285) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477455)

I still get and read some magazines, even in the physical form. The difference is I don't pay nearly as much as I used to. Last year I got a whole slew of subscriptions for $5-10. Mostly I leaf through these looking at ads, samples, reading one or two articles. Recently I subscribed to two magazines, but these were essentially free.

This is the interesting trend. How many actually pay real money for magazines. There was a time when I would pay 20 bucks for a year. But now 30 bucks for architectural digest just seems insane, especially since over half of it is ads.

One magazine I still pay for when I can in Granta. Another is Nature, since they have the iPad version for $40. Big savings over the $200 it used to cost.

"Association" periodicals like AAA magazines. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477465)

A lot of membership-driven organizations do periodicals as a membership benefit. AAA is the most immediate example in my personal life. These mags tend to be of lower "quality" in terms of writing and production values but tend to be pretty useful. I imagine many AAA members never read their magazine, but I happen to prefer road trips for vacations and while I'm not normally a fan of travel writing, the articles in my AAA mag are focused on places I can reach by car.

So in a way, what I get out of my AAA magazine is what a lot of people get out of blogs. The content is less "professional" but is more naturally oriented to things that I'm directly involved or interested in. It would probably be cheaper for AAA to push me to some sort of website that hosts this content instead, I don't expect them to develop true competency with digital publishing anytime soon. They'll get around to it eventually and my habits will change at that point.

It's worth noting that the Japanese have a different relationship with periodicals than we do anyway. With a higher dependency on mass transit than we do, there is a lot more time in the day that can be filled with reading periodicals. They're propensity to stuff everything you can imagine into vending machines means that you can choose from an assortment of titles with the loose change in your pocket. As forward-thinking as they are on consumer electronics, I can see how they might have a stronger, more visceral attachment to periodicals similar to what we see with the anti-ebook crowd here in the states.

Cheap ones (1)

es79 (2039900) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477467)

ESPN The Magazine b/c they gave it to me for $1/year. If not for that that, none.

Read? I do look at the pictures though! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477481)

The magazines I look at mostly have pictures...

Probably too many. (1)

desertfool (21262) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477483)

1) The Economist. Gotta read that each week because the news in the US is too US focused.
2) Playboy. Had a subscription since '89. Don't judge me.
3) Wired. It's a good read.
4) Fast Company. It was insanely cheap. Now I know why.

Mrs. Fool gets "Good Housekeeping" and "Midwest Living".
The little Fool gets "American Girl" and "National Geographic Kids".

Sure, lots of dead trees, but you can't spend 100% in front of a screen.

Re:Probably too many. (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477577)

2) Playboy. Had a subscription since '89. Don't judge me.

High-resolution scans of all the photos or it didn't happen.

Lapham's Quarterly (1)

Verloc (119412) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477503)

It only comes out 4 times a year, no ads whatsoever; each issue is filled with super interesting excepts from history alongside artwork regarding one subject. Lewis Lapham is a former editor for Harpers, which I would read on occasion. It's the only magazine that I buy regularly, and have for several years.

Metal \m/ (1)

punkrockguy318 (808639) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477523)

I've been a decibel subscriber for a few years now ( If you're into metal, you should really check this zine out. Every issue even comes with a "flexidisk"of a featured arist that you can play on your turntable. Rock the fuck on!

Nuts & Volts, primarily (1)

evil_aaronm (671521) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477529)

I started out with an on-line account, but switched to hardcopy because a) I can hang on to them, indefinitely, and refer back to a particular article or circuit diagram, whereas with electronic-only, I lose access to them after my subscription runs out; and b) I can read them in the bathroom and not feel grossed out about hygiene.

Lots! (2)

rbanzai (596355) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477553)

I still read lots of magazines. National Geographic, Smithsonian, several history magazines, Car and Driver, Outdoors, Discover, FlyPast, and so on. I prefer the print format for being easy on the eyes as well as lighter and easier to manipulate than any tablet. At this point I don't have even the slightest interest in digital subscriptions to magazines.

The list (1)

SampleFish (2769857) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477561)

1. Vice
2. Popular Science
3. Complex
4. Wired

While on holiday (2)

Spudley (171066) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477569)

While on holiday recently (translation: that's "vacation" for all you Americans), my brother-in-law lent me his copy of T3 magazine.

T3 is a consumer-level technology magazine. A gadget mag for people who think they're a bit techie but are really just tech consumers.

I've not read T3 in years, and I wouldn't have actually bought a copy even then. But I actually found myself reading a lot of it. Not because it was talking about anything I didn't know about, but because it was presenting a significantly different perspective on things to the kind of web sites I normally visit. I was quite interesting to get a different perspective and see how the consumer market thinks about some of the devices on offer at the moment.

The reasons all this is relevant to this discussion are:

1. Asking about paper magazines to the Slashdot crowd is going to get a predictable response. But you'd be a fool if you think for a second that the Slashdot crowd is in any way representative of the wider public. Slashdot users do not read magazines any more, but other people do.

2. If my brother-in-law had been reading a T3 website instead of the magazine, it's virtually certain that I wouldn't have borrowed his copy; I'd have stuck with my own preferred sites. The internet is great at making all things available to all men... but most of us cocoon ourselves in our own little parts of the internet and very rarely venture out. We don't get that alternative perspective, and it leads to narrow mindedness and blinkered thinking.

not in years (1)

WillgasM (1646719) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477571)

I haven't had a subscription to a magazine since I was a kid. I've picked one up at a newstand on very rare occasion (like stuck in an airport). Usually if something interests me, I'll seek it out. I don't need it handed to me. I rely on several aggregator sites to keep me abreast of any exciting developments in fields of interest. I probably have more catalogs than magazines around the house, but that's because they just show up at my door. I do keep a stack of 90s era playboys in the bathroom, just in case I need to make one of those cut and paste ransom notes.

Still a few Discover and Make magazine (2)

rleibman (622895) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477575)

Discover because I find it hard to quit after nearly 30 years of reading it every month. Make because it's beautiful and inspires me, I also get Fine Cooking and occasionally buy at the newstand Dwell.

Magazines I Still Read (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477587)

MagPul, Thermold, ...

Physics World (1)

Lawrence_Bird (67278) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477589)

sadly many others I used to read are gone or just craptervising now.

pages (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477593)

While I do read magazines on my Nexus 7 or my wife's iPad, I much prefer an actual physical copy. None of the magazine reader apps are as good as they need to be before I'll give up paper. For some reason, I find the ads much more obtrusive when reading a magazine on a tablet.

I still read (at least) the paper issues of the New Yorker (cover to cover, no exceptions), National Geographic (though not cover to cover) and half a dozen assorted journals. New York Review of Books. Um, there are probably lots more that I can't think of at the moment. I'll have to go see what's on the shelf in the bathroom. But yeah, I like magazines.

Atlantic, New Yorker and Harpers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477595)

In our house we have subscriptions to the Atlantic, the New Yorker and Harper's Magazine. Typically they end up in the bathroom, for those undisturbed reading breaks.

Expensive when you're not in the USA... (1)

Dzimas (547818) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477603)

I still receive the paper version of IEEE Spectrum. As a kid, I used to love reading Popular Science and Omni in the school library. My parents subscribed to a variety of magazines, but I didn't follow in their footsteps primarily because I lived in Canada, and subscriptions to American magazines cost more than twice as much as in the US. The discrepancy still exists today. Pop Sci costs $12/year in the US and $26 in Canada. The logical part of me understands that Canada doesn't have a heavily subsidized magazine postage rate, but the emotional side just gets angry when asked to pay twice as much for exactly the same product. That said, if prices were the same, I suspect I'd have let my subscription lapse years ago, anyway. Even though a well researched paper article is fun to read, nothing beats the immediacy of the web.

Bathroom Reading (1)

dmatos (232892) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477607)

I get two magazines regularly:

National Geographic
Alert Diver

Alert Diver is the magazine that is included in my membership with Divers Alert Network, which I joined for their travel insurance for my scuba trips.

National Geographic is awesome. I don't care how much you paid for your monitor, the photos in that magazine will always look better on paper than they do online.

Throne Room (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43477613)

Popular Mechanics & Popular Science are the best bathroom reading material.

Popular Woodworking (1)

Chirs (87576) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477623)

Something to do with my hands after working with my brain all day.

The Week (1)

brunnock (18853) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477627)

I still subscribe to The Week. The print edition has translations of articles and editorials from around the world.

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