This shouldn’t be surprising, since everything else in the world is going online. But Garden Design
Magazine on my laptop screen instead of my coffee table? If Zinio.com has their way, we’ll all be saving trees, getting immediate delivery, and searching and storing easily with the help of their new-and-improved PDF format.
Now to be fair, it DOES look a helluva lot better than the PDF we’re used to seeing. And searching sounds like an awfully nice feature to me, considering the lengths I’ve gone to over the years to somehow flag the most useful articles in my stacks of gardening magazines – only to never remember that they exist.
What prompted my interest was hearing the prediction (with the tiny disclaimer "though I’ve been wrong before") that THIS IS THE FUTURE by a photographer friend of mine who’s worked with magazines for 35 years and teaches "new media". So if he’s touting it and major magazines are all climbing on board the digital train, let’s check it out, shall we? Here’s page 1 of their 2 pages of home and garden magazines, where you’ll see not just Garden Design but Organic Gardening, too, and a few more I personally don’t bother with, like Gardening and Deck Design.
It looks like digital magazine subscriptions cost about $2 per issue (for OG) or a little more (for GD) – about half the subscription price for print. But then I get confused because it seems that they’re also selling single issues of GD in digital format for 6 bucks each, the exact same price we’d pay at a newstand for glossy paper. Help me out here.
So okay, lower subscription rates are nice but do you think you’d enjoy reading them this way, either online or using one of their readers? I’m on the fence myself – though probably not for long, as the wheels of digitization keep grinding along. Better price, searchability, easier storeability, and remember those trees.