There are many magazine subscription services out there, but Next Issue’s offering is a bit different from the rest. Instead of just subscribing to some titles, you pay either $10 or $15 per month to get access to either monthly and bi-weekly publications ($10), or those plus the weekly ones, with the latter option giving you access to a total of 32 publications. That’s less than $0.50 per subscription per month, which is obviously rather cheap, but naturally you should have an interest in at least a fair share of the titles available for it to be worth it over a more selective subscription system.
Another interesting thing is that Next Issue is launching on Android, with iOS coming later. Android doesn’t often get things first, so this is a nice change. The downside of the service is that it’s only available in the US, which isn’t just disappointing in its own right, but also if you compare it to the other magazine services which are a lot more international. This is also a tablet app, and requires Android 3.0 or above.
I can’t help but think that something like this would be interesting to find on an iPad in the waiting room of a doctor or someone like that. Of course you’d have to lock down the iPad both in terms of software and actually lock the iPad to something, but still, it’s an interesting idea.[Google Play via Engadget]