There’s only so much Netflix and Disney Plus you can stream before your brain slides out your ears. If you’d rather spend that time learning about DIY techniques, current affairs, history, fitness, politics, gardening – or just about anything else – you might want to pick up a magazine subscription. Most subscriptions are also available digitally, so you don’t have to wait around for delivery.
Here, we’re looking at a few ways you can save on a subscription or even access your favourite subscriptions for free through various trials or your local library.
Save with a magazine subscription platform
One way to save on subscription is to use a subscription platform.
Readly, for instance, is to magazines what Netflix is to films and TV shows: it collects all the top titles in one place, which you can access at a monthly fee of £7.99 – instead of subscribing to separate titles individually. If you want to try it first and see which titles suit your tastes, check out its
2-month free trial here.
AnyTime is another magazine subscription platform that does the same thing as Readly. It offers access to a 1000 titles for $9.99 per month.
Also check out
Magzter, which offers unlimited access to over 5,000 top magazines and newspapers for £9.99 per month or £99.99 for an annual subscription. You can also use it save on individual annual subscriptions or when buying one-off issues. Some titles are geographically restricted.
Pick up a 7-day free trial here.
Use an online magazine retailer
If you want to save on particular titles instead of having unlimited access to all titles under the sun, you might want to check out an online magazine retailer. You might be able to find better deals here instead of going direct, or compare rates of similar titles and subject areas. Online magazine retailers often offer huge discounts, some up to 95% off, on annual rates.
Zinio is one service that lets you buy subscriptions at reduced rates to over 6000 titles, which you can access from any device and cancel any time. You can also download the titles and read offline if you choose to. Unlike Readly though, Zinio lets you subscribe to titles individually or buy specific issues on a one-off basis.
Another retailer Magazine.co.uk currently has a
Spring sale with six issues of The Week for free, and several other titles for £10 or less. Similarly,
iSubscribe, running its own Spring Sale, is another excellent destination for magazine subscription deals, with issues starting at just £1. The service offers free UK delivery.
Magazine Direct, another online magazine retailer, offers up to 52% off its titles. You can find all sorts of content, though it’s particularly useful if you’re interested in house, home, cooking and lifestyle mags.
Access free magazines via your library and RB Digital
If you have a library card in the UK, you can get free unlimited access to
hundreds of top titles, along with comic books, audio books, ebooks and more via the
RB Digital app.
You can sign up for a library account for free in your area here