Until about five years ago I had a zillion magazine subscriptions — New York, New Yorker, Vogue, Wired, Gourmet (before it folded), and my all-time favorite before it got so, so very stale — Vanity Fair. But then I had kids, and the Internet consumed my eyeballs more and more, and I assumed that since I was reading all the time anyway, and all those magazines further cluttered my already catastrophic apartment. I kept thinking about the trees. All those poor, poor trees that died for my reading material that was never actually read.
And then I stopped reading so much. Sure, I was on the Internet all the time, consuming information. But not reading. Not really reading articles and devouring photos like I used to when I read real magazines.
But then I discovered Texture by NextIssue, an app that bills itself as the “Nextflix for magazine.” For a monthly fee starting at $9.99, you can subscribe to as many magazines as you like. And they have all the good ones you want to show off on the coffee table, and the ones you read at the salon, too.
I subscribed to 15 already: Conde Nast Traveler, Fast Company, Dwell, Elle Decor, National Geographic Traveler, Money, House Beautiful and a bunch more. But it gets even better, because unlike my old, ever-mounting stack of magazines that were forever being stacked and restacked, regardless of whether they’d been consumed, Texture tells me if I’ve started reading the October issue of Women’s Health, and exactly what page I’m on. Plus, it has this cool virtual clipping service, where I can save recipes and articles to share or read later. Yay!
Plus, if I bought annual subscriptions to these magazines in their traditional, paper versions, or digital versions bought individually, I would pay between $8 and $60 (for The New Yorker) per title — or at least $150 more per year than the $120 per year I pay for Texture. Plus, Texture works on my phone or iPad, which means I don’t need to invest in a giant purse to schlep around the city just so I always have something read while waiting for the train, or am on said train and am avoiding eye contact what that crazy guy over there.
So those are the ancillary perks of this app. But the real benefit is that I feel like I know what is going on in the world. I know what the babysitter is talking about when she goes on and on about Blake and Miranda, and I can carry a conversation about what a genius Patti Smith is with my older neighbor, and the horrors of Syria with my date (what is sexier than a woman who can speak on about geopolitics, I ask you this), and feel like an awesome mom while scrolling through images of a travel feature on Easter Island with my kids.
In other words: I read more now than I did before. And because reading magazines has long been a passion, this means I am a better person. I have returned to myself. All from one little app.
This post was created in partnership with Next Issue.
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