One of our favorite uses for an Android tablet is to put that thing into portrait mode and read digital copies of our magazines and newspapers. Well, to be fair, landscape mode isn’t so bad either. We simply love not having to lug around all these paper copies of monthly issues or daily rags as it’s lighter and more flexible. Not to mention, it’s also far more convenient to have them delivered where you want them, when you want them.
We’ve come up with a number of Android apps that help make reading magazines and newspapers enjoyable when on the go, especially on tablets. Some of these also look really good on larger screen sizes such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
While we do concede that we’ll miss a favorite or two we think we’ve gathered up some great titles to get started. If you see something that we might have overlooked, leave a comment below with your favorite app(s). Note that there’s going to be new stuff all the time and, if the situation calls for it, we’ll put together another short list down the road.
The list at a glance:
With a library that boasts thousands of titles, Zinio offers many of your favorite magazines in single issue or subscriptions. A quick glance yields popular magazines such as Wired, Rolling Stone, PC World, Maxim, Esquire, Vogue, and Elle. Many of the titles allow for previews; users can sync issues across devices and online accounts. Read in offline mode or connect with Facebook and share with your friends. [FREE]
With more than 2,300 newspapers from 100+ countries, Press Reader is one of our favorite ways to read print news from around the globe. Looks as great in landscape as it does in portrait mode, this one renders PDFs in a clean and easy-to-understand layout. Schedule automatic delivery and your newspapers are there for you every morning! Additional features include sharing to social networks, on-demand audio, and adjustable fonts and sizes. Pay for individual newspapers at $.99 each of subscribe to an all-you-can-eat plan for $29.95/month. [FREE]
One of the great features in owning a traditional Android tablet is that it you’re able to dabble in multiple ecosystems. Why bother buying a Kindle Fire when you can access the same books, newspapers, and magazines on the tablet on your coffee table? The free app syncs with your account and provides access to titles such as The Economist, The Spectator, The Guardian and The Daily Mail. Note that all Kindle magazine subscriptions come with the first 30 days free. [FREE]
Google Play Magazines
Google’s official application for reading magazines, Google Play Magazines provides new issues and/or back issues. Buy individual issues or subscribe and get free 14 or 30-day trials to a slew of magazine titles. Popular monthly mag Wired, for instance, offers single issue for $4.99, a subscription (with free trial) at $1.99 per month, or a full year at $19.99. [FREE]
Unlimited, all-you-can-read access to more than 80 of the most popular magazine titles, there are two options to choose from. Get monthly magazines at $9.99 per month or go with the premium account at $29.99 and you’ll also have access to weekly magazines (People, EW, SI, etc) as well. No commitments or long term obligations and the app delivers your magazines open as soon as they’re downloaded. [FREE]
Barnes & Noble NOOK
Much like Amazon does with Kindle, the Barnes & Noble NOOK app provides users with a seamless sync experience across tablets, web, and NOOK devices. Try out newspapers and magazines for free up to 14 days, and also enjoy comics, graphic novels, and books. A quick peek at TIME magazine shows current issue at $5.99 with subscriptions listed at $2.99 a month. Do you subscribe to print titles? Chances are good you can enjoy the digital version for free. [FREE]