What do you prefer: online or print magazines?

A local writer was over last week and while we were talking, she noticed the magazine collection on the bottom shelf of my coffee table.



I started subscribing to more magazines a couple years ago. I guess I felt like it was my obligation to do my little part in increasing circulation, which would hopefully help ad sales, thus keeping more magazines around. I wasn't so foolish as to think that my $10 would save a magazine, but it felt like something to do beyond lament the loss of one magazine after another.

However, the amount of paper coming into my mailbox is staggering. The magazines are enough by themselves, but with magazine subscriptions come junk mail sent by companies that purchase subscriber lists from publishing companies. That's a bit of an assumption on my part...the number of catalogs I get has gone through the roof without my having made many catalog purchases. It's not the most "green" situation, is it?

What's the responsible thing to do here? While online magazines like Lonny and Nesting Newbies have popped up and many traditional magazines now offer online versions, I think many agree that having a physical issue in your hands is still preferred.

You may notice this ad running in many May issues. What do you think? Are online magazines going to replace traditional print issues? Or, do you think print is here to stay? What format do you prefer?


Comments

  1. I much prefer print magazines! My computer is old and slow so reading a mag online is excrutiating. Even when we get a new computer (please!) I like holding the magazine in my hand and flipping back to something as opposed to negotiating the forward and back buttons. I am a little worried that the success of e-mags like Lonny will result in print ones going away :(

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  2. Ooops, I meant to add that the most responsible thing to do, if you prefer print, is to read them in the library. Or create a swap with others. Now I am done :)

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  3. Environmentally speaking, online reading is the way to go. However, I personally prefer to read the print editions -- it's just so nice to sink into a comfortable chair and read for an hour or two. To make this habit more eco, I swap magazines with friends. After that, my children like to flip through and pull out photos for their bulletin boards. When we're finally done, I recycle whatever's left.

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  4. I really like both. The "Green" side of me prefers the online mags and I love being able to access them from anywhere without toting a magazine to work to read on my lunch hour. I do love the glossy mags though and I have weekly ritual of heading to the bookstore to browse for mags I don't subscribe to.

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  5. My preference is print 100% - although I know that's not the eco-conscious choice. I find the online versions unsatisfying at the reading level and just glance through them but never really read the stories. I would like it if Lonny had a print option - you pay a $ amount to have an issue sent to you in print format.

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  6. I saw this ad and it made me think for sure. While I try to be green in my life and recycle everything I don't know if I can live without my tangible magazines. I also work in the magazine industry and for the sake of my job I hope that people never stop reading print :)

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  7. I'm the same way, Linda. I try to be green about so many choices...my paint, my flooring, my cleaning supplies, etc. But, I can't give up my print magazines.

    I'm not sure I really want a Kindle or iPad, either, even though I don't have bookshelves to display my books.

    The writer with whom I was speaking writes for one of our weekly arts publications and even though the issues are published online, I won't read them there...I make myself wait until I get to the newspaper box.

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  8. I love print. Lonny is pretty but the format drives me nuts! I feel like I can't really absorb it all as well through the computer screen.

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  9. Print all the way. There is nothing better than curling up in a chair with a glass of wine and a good magazine.

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  10. I'd rather have the print version. It is much handier to take with you if you want to have something to read, and just think of all those doctor's waiting rooms where people will have nothing to do.

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  11. I don't get too many magazines simply because I don't want to spend the money. That said, I like magazines more because they're just more fun to read!

    PS I'm so glad that Michael Phelps has something else to endorse!

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  12. I much prefer print magazines - my coffee table is also covered in them, although not in the pretty organized way yours is! I love the new online magazines, but it is difficult b/c I work at a computer all day so by the time I get home, I'm not always up for more computer time.

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  13. I'm a supporter of the print option. I have stacks and stacks of design magazines at home and despite the clutter they create, I go through them a couple of times before I consider throwing them out. Thank goodness I have so many of the Cottage Living issues around...they are essentially timeless, and make me feel good when I flip through them.

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  14. I really can't get into the online versions. I much prefer the print.

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  15. I love print magazines. My boyfriend teases me for "paying money to read a book of ads" but I don't care. I love curling up with them - and my eyes need all the breaks from the computer they can get!

    Plus, I do like to tear out sheets and build inspiration binders.

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