If you own a Kindle Fire and enjoy reading magazines, you’re in luck because Amazon is offering a 90 day free trial on select popular magazines. You can find these magazines on the Kindle Store homepage. The collection includes health, beauty, men and women, sports, teens, and technology.
A sample of some the hottest magazines included in this trial include:
Wired is a hit technology focused magazine that includes the latest gadgets, as well as innovative ideas that will shape the future. The magazine takes a broader approach with articles spanning across subjects such as science, philosophy, adventure, and online culture. It is a great magazine for those who are familiar with technology and want to stay on top of the latest trends. The reviews run from one end of the spectrum to another. As one reviewer said, it is free for three months, so it can’t hurt to give it a shot.
SELF is a diet and fitness magazine that that includes a variety of good workouts, and healthy recipes. It also includes beauty tips and other real life advice. When I’ve read the magazine, I’ve enjoyed what they have to say. The stories that resonate the most with me are the personal weight loss success stories. SELF is a good motivational tool to jump start the rush of New Years resolutions that involve getting healthy and fit. The benefit of the Kindle Fire version over the print is that it includes interactive content, such as videos.
Both Wired and Self, as well as a Glamour, GQ and a few others, are Kindle Fire apps, as opposed to magazines that are purchased in the Newsstand. The apps are more interactive, but require a different log in than the Newsstand magazines. They have room for improvement, but the good thing is that apps are updated regularly.
The New Yorker is a Newsstand magazine, and the 90 day free trial is open to all Kindle owners. There is an interactive edition for Kindle Fire owners. The award winning magazine includes topics such as politics, world affairs, business, science, and the arts. There are a mix of articles, poetry, and cartoons. This is a weekly magazine.
Architectural Digest is the go to magazine for architects and interior designers. It includes designs from top architects and provides a peek into the homes of “celebrated personalities” as Amazon puts it. The pictures and graphic heavy nature of this magazine works best with the Kindle Fire.
The good part for print subscribers is that you can sign up for access the the digital editions for free. That is the way is should be! The Kindle editions can serve as a more portable alternative to the print editions.
With the reviews so all over the place and some magazines working better than others, I am eager to see what more people have to say about them. There is still a lot of work to do to make magazines work seamlessly on the Kindle, but they will improve over time as the Kindle platform gets better and better.