I’m weird. Yeah, yeah, I can just hear everyone thinking out loud “Well duh! So what else is new Julie?!”… :o) So, here’s the thing. I don’t think I’ll ever read another physical book. Ever. There, I said it. I wholeheartedly prefer eBooks for a couple of very important reasons…
1. I can carry a bunch of books with me on one small device that fits in my pocket.
2. Reading on a phone or PDA is so much easier for me because these devices have a backlight and my eyes are crap.
And really, those are the only reasons why I prefer an eBook over an actual paperback book. But here is where the weirdness comes in to play… While I read all my books electronically, I don’t read my magazines electronically. I prefer to hold and flip pages on a physical magazine. What’s up with that?
I have this whole weekend ritual where I wake up, make tea, make steel cut oats cereal, and sit on the couch flipping through any new magazines that may have arrived during the week. When I see something in a magazine that I want to save for later reference, I just tear out the pages and then toss the magazine in the trash. I do save some magazines like Make and Craft though, but those are exceptions because they are more like little books. But for the most part, I flip, read, rip and chuck.
Lately I’ve been reflecting on just how much trash I create. It makes me feel guilty every time I dump my trash bags at the landfill every weekend, so I’ve been trying to find ways to reduce it. I do recycle, but I wonder just how many resources we’re all really saving by doing that. My first step in reducing my own personal trash output is to not renew any more physical magazine subscriptions, and to switch over (when possible) to electronic subscriptions. When it comes to books, I can pretty well find anything I need online. Electronic magazine availability is definitely lagging behind in that respect. I have found that the Zinio reader has a nice selection of magazines and a Mac client, so I may give that a try. The only problem is that their prices seem expensive. For example, let’s look at MacWorld magazine. While the Zinio yearly subscription rate seems to be on par with the printed version (12 issues for $19.97), for a single issue of this magazine they are charging $6.99. That seems really high. I don’t have an issue to do a price check. You would think that magazines would be considerably cheaper than their printed counterparts. After all, there is no ink, paper, or postage in involved with mailing them to subscribers.
Maybe I’ll just give up on magazines altogether. Hmmmmm….
My question to all of you is… Do you still read magazines the old fashioned way?