As one of the few UK members of staff, it was hard to see Google Play Magazines go live in the US before we got it, and even harder still to see a poor selection of magazines make it to the UK Play Store. Since then though, things have gotten quite a bit better, and some of my personal favorites – like PC Gamer, The Week and more – are available in the UK Play Magazines. Still though, it’s always nice to have an alternative and seeing as Zinio still leaves a lot to be desired, it’s more the merrier when it comes to getting magazines on Android.
Readly is a new service that’s just launched in the UK, it’s been around in the US and Sweden for sometime now and the best way of describing it to my fellow Englishman, is that it’s the Spotify of magazines. With a selection of magazines ranging from Amateur Photographer to What Hi-Fi, there’s something for everyone on offer and you can read as much as you like for £9.99 a month. It’s the all you can eat of subscriptions folks, and there’s a free trial on offer as well. With 216 English titles available, there should at least be a handful of magazines you’d like to read. I’m quite partial to What Hi-Fi but then again, that’s just me.
You can go ahead and sign up for an account at the Readly website and it’s available on iOS devices (for those troublesome significant others), Kindle Fire and of course Android. You can have up to five devices connected to any one account, so this could be something for all the family, depending on what sort of content you find in Readly’s library. This sort of model has proven very popular in the UK when it comes to Music and Movies, with the likes of Google Play Music and Netflix gaining subscribers every day, there’s little to suggest it can’t work for magazines, either.