Seriously I get that magazine companies need revenue to continue creating their publications; but charging the newsstand price for these digital issues is crazy. They actually had a digital/multimedia app for Steam a while back, that was $.99 per episode and they abandoned it after half a dozen "issues". I imagine that once they find they're getting fewer purchases than they expected, they'll quickly knock the price down or abandon this too. The silly part is, the magazine is decent and I'd happily pay a couple bucks for it. But charging me the same price as you do consumers that purchase in the store (paper, ink, production costs included), is a slap in the face. Pass. **On another note, it's probably even more ridiculous to charge people full price ($8.99) for the back issues as well. All the way back to January..... I might have grabbed a couple of them just for something to browse if they were even semi-reasonably priced.**
Not getting the whining... It's possible some of the comments are over a time of change, but right now anyway, I'm in Canada, the sub worked fine. It's a pretty reasonable price if you subscribe, just like real magazines. Yes, it's pricey if you buy a single issue, but I'm unclear about these whines about getting it for $2 at the stand. Huh? Never seen prices like that. This is the magazine model - subs helps them set their advertising rates. That's their goal. If you sub, you have the option of monthly or yearly, a slight difference in price, *plus* you have the trial period on top which means you have a couple weeks to try the format! Don't like it? Cancel! On my transformer prime the player is fast, the pages are easy to read, plus there's a text mode if you just want to read. I was prepared to hate it, tbh, but it's worth it if you want the content. As for these comments - haters gotta hate I guess. You might want to actually try the sub button instead of knee jerk reacting to the single issue price. The price comes up, you can back out instantly.
Blurry low res makes it impossible to enjoy I was excited to see the price drop since I was considering switching to digital subscription, but alas. Sure you can switch to the text version, but that just doesn't feel like the magazine I've been reading for more than a decade. Especially considering the >300 dpi of current mobile device screens, it's not possible to understand why such low quality. It's not only not pleasant, it actually would give you a headache if you read this thing since your eyes will continuously try to focus to no avail.
I just wanted to say that it’s really demonstrates a lack of forethought and no appreciation for the publishing industry digital or print. First off, if you don’t like the price, don’t buy it. As adults, we have that privilege. As a technical author myself, I am intimately familiar with the process of producing a book or magazine, printed or digital. When one finds the price for this kind of literature unsatisfactory, I simply as that you consider this: Those writing these articles have specialized knowledge of an industry, and special target audience, whether reviewing, rating gaming software, or speaking about industry trends. Understandably, they want to be compensated for their work and just as with any industry, some of that cost is passed on to the consumer. This is seen more frequently in the days when print is dying a slow painful death and may publishers struggle to restructure while in essence producing the same product. We all know all the aspects of this are not covered here, but some of the big ones are. Finally, consider that when determining the values of something, applying one’s personal set of standards will tell one the value of the item, for them. D.
Not a good idea I have a nook and a nexus 7. I've tried magazines on both and it's a waste of time. If I buy a book from play, I can read it on my Nexus 7 or on my PC. A magazine on my PC's 26" monitor would be better than the print version if it was available. On a 7" Tablet it unreadable. If I'm going to pay news stand price for a magazine, I want to read it anywhere including my PC. Books on eReaders are great but I'll stick to dead tree format for my Mags. Sorry Google but you get a FAIL on this one.
Low Quality Scans I am subscribed via Google Play so I do not have the same issue as other people here with the cost as I only pay $1.99 per issue. However when you zoom in to read the text you can tell these are not very high quality scans of the magazine. The text is not crisp or clear which is a bother when trying to read. I have issues with the Google Play Magazine reader in chrome as well but that is not something that can be considered a fault of the magazine itself.