Since our last review of the Readly app, we’ve become even bigger fans. The number of titles has now expanded to over 951 magazines with a over 12,000 issues available, with magazines from France, Germany, India and the Philippines joining the existing country coverage of the UK, US and Sweden. (See the full list here)
Also much improved is the search function; it’s now possible to search for words within individual articles. This can be especially useful for things like recipe searches for more obscure ingredients, but of course for common words the number of results is a little overwhelming. For example, a search for ‘chicken’ returns one magazine (Your Chickens), and 11,024 articles across all magazines. It’s economical too: a single account costs £7.99 a month (with no minimum term) can be shared across five different devices which should cover most households, and the app is available on iOS, Android, Windows 8 or Kindle Fire. However, it isn’t possible to personalize favourites lists to each device so my sailing magazines and H’s food & photography magazines share the one favourites list,and we can see what each other have downloaded. We’d also like to see some Australian (Donna Hay especially) publications too.
Readly is especially strong for food, photography and sailing, which are our main interests – we both regularly read or flick through about 20 magazines a month. BBC Good Food & Delicious are welcome additions, and H continues to enjoy top US titles such as Saveur. If you like an article bookmarking takes a second, and makes it easy to find old content again.
I find it most useful for reading matter when travelling. Downloading each issue takes a minute or two, so with just a few seconds taken to queue up new issues, the iPad is well stocked for even the longest journey. It is true that some issues are only available one issue later than when they’re available from newsagents, but as a magazine is a poor source of news I don’t find this a problem. What I am enjoying is the ability to expand my horizons in all sorts of unexpected ways. Like keeping chickens, for example.
Many thanks to Readly for a year’s subscription.