No Way! As a longtime subscriber to both Road & Track and Car & Driver, I find these offers insulting. I paid for the content once for each magazine. I will NOT pay for the same content again. It adds insult to injury when you charge way more for the online edition (no marginal cost) than for the print edition (paper, ink, handling and postage all have marginal costs). Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. You people are hogs of the first order, and your subscribers will feel at least somewhat rewarded when your effort to rip off your customers fails.
Not iPad Just switched from an iPad R&T subscription to Android for my new Nexus 9. I didn't expect a better experience but also not a worse one. I should have. Can't zoom in as you can on iPad and there's an annoying bar at the top of each page when you touch the screen that disappears when it feels like it. I'll live with it for the next 12 issues but it will be goodbye R&T if you haven't cleaned up your app act by then.
Um...price? So why would I buy a digital subscription for $19.99 a year when I can usually get the print subscription is only $10 a year? It costs R&T more money to print and mail me every issue when they could just have google make a digital copy for me. Motor Trend and Automobile figured it out and I've been a digital subscriber to them for more than a year now $8.99/year. I don't think I should get something for free. Those who think they're entitled to a free digital subscription because they have the print subscriptions are just being greedy and a little rediculous. I just think it's silly to charge more for a cheaper medium. I'll continue to buy print (my preferred medium anyway) until R&T figures out their pricing.
Lacking linked subscription I'm not sure if its good business practice to have paid subscribers have to pay separately for this electronic version. existing customers of the printed content should also be customers of your digital version.
Seriously? As a long-time R&T and C&D print subscriber, please show me some courtesy. I'd echo the other comments that others stated. I just renewed for another 2 years of print mailed to me and you have my email- both of which bring ad revenue. In exchange, at least offer a digital sub at a special rate for Android and iOS.
Must Fix As a paid print subscriber since 2000, it is ridiculous that I cannot be a print subscriber and digital subscriber for one price--as much as I would love to have this available on the tablet and as excellent as the picture quality is, I cannot justify paying for two separate subscriptions. An exemplary model to follow is that of the Economist magazine, which, with a few credentials, allows free access to the online version if you are a print subscriber. They also have their own application as opposed to running within the Google Play store, but I see no reason why this should make a difference technologically... let the print subscribers have free access! Or at the very least, it should be HEAVILY discounted. The same goes for the sister magazine, Car and Driver.