I subscribed to Next Issue several years ago. I canceled my subscription when I started grad school knowing that all of my spare time would disappear. I liked the Next Issue app, but it wasn’t all that difficult for me to give up my subscription. I felt there was a lot of room for improvement.
Having completed grad school a year ago, I finally decided to give the magazine app, now Texture, another try, and I was blown away by the improvements that had taken place in the years I was absent from the app. Now Texture has become a Must Have resource.
My absolute favorite change to the app is that you no longer have to download a complete magazine to read an interesting article. My second favorite (and corresponding) change is that Texture curates the content and spotlights the articles. What’s more is that once you start on a collection, it pre-loads the next article in the collection so that advancing from article to article is a seamless experience. However, after each article, you’re given the chance to load the rest of the magazine or continue to the next article in the collection.
One reason I love magazines is for the annual gift guides around this time of year. I always learn about interesting new products in these features. (This year, the popular gift seems to be Yeti coolers, go figure. Is that paid advertising? I don’t know.) I loved checking out the wide range of gift guides this year, but the collections will also highlight other trending topics. For example, for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in September, several magazines were celebrating with feature articles honoring the show in one way or another, so Texture included a Star Trek collection.
Texture now lets you search across all of the magazines in their system, and it seems to produce fairly comprehensive, relevant results. When I travel, I’ll search for my destination to see if any magazines have recently covered places to eat or sights to see in the area I’m visiting. I’ll also use the Search if I’m looking for workouts, such as a 5k training guide or a core fitness routine.
When I’ve found an article I want to refer back to, either by browsing highlighted articles, discovering the article in a search, or by reading a full-length magazine, it’s important that I can save the article. This is one of the features I found missing when I used Next Issue a few years ago, and I’m extremely grateful they’ve added it since. An especially useful feature is that you can create your own categories for saved articles enabling you to easily find it when you need it.
Whether you’ve tried Next Issue in the past or are looking for a new resource for short reads, I highly recommend Texture. The amount of content they offer is already prodigious but keeps increasing. To me, it’s worth the subscription price.