Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's easier than ever to read your favorite photography magazines with the iPad 2, iPhone and other smart phones and tablets. It's cheaper too.


Hi Photographer friends,

With tablets and smart phones taking a bigger  share of what people are using to surf the internet, it stands for reason that more site would cater to these devices. The world of applications (Apps) for Apple and Android are covering just about anything one would like to do on the internet, and that from your portable device. I happen to use an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2, but is works pretty much the same way with all portable devices.

Looking back just one year ago, I used to visit the local Barnes and Nobles store weekly to see what new photography magazines had come in. I don't like to subscribe to magazines as every time I did, we would move away and the interruption of home delivery of my magazines would be disrupted for months.

Now, that's all changing rapidly. Most magazines are available on-line. Prices per issue or one-year subscription are reasonable, and certainly cheaper than single printed copies at the magazine stands. You don't have to drive anywhere to get them, you can get them as soon as published, and it doesn't matter if you are in California or London, you get your magazine. It seems that the most popular site is called "Zinio"

Another clear advantage of getting your magazines on-line, is that the magazines, being digital, are also interactive. You can log on to links within the magazine and come back to the same page you left. Some magazines include videos that you can just click from within the pages. It's a whole new experience. You get text, pictures, and sometimes, videos and sounds.

Reading a magazine in bed is probably what many people like do. With a printed magazine, you have to leave some lights on, which doesn't always works well if you have a spouse or partner. Reading  a portable device in bed is not as disturbing to others, and you can even dim the screen brightness.

So like it or not, I can already see that what has been predicted for years, is happening. Book stores will pretty much go away and eventually very few reading material will be printed. A few generations will argue that printed books are better, but when today's children reach maturity, it will be mostly digital in some form or another. Science Fiction of yesteryear is today's reality. Who knows what it will be like in fifty years from now... holograms?

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque

I use Zinio.

Most Photography magazines are publishing on-line.

These are some of the magazines I subscribed to.

The image herein is not representative of how clear it is on the iPad. I took the pictures during the day with my iPhone.

You can view one page at a time (portrait) or two pages at a time (landscape).

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