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Best Newsstand Magazine Apps For iPad

Digital magazines have exploded over the last couple of years, and they look stunning on the iPad. However, not all magazines are created equal when it comes to their interactive capabilities. So, we have found some of the best magazines, encompassing a broad range of topics. We reviewed them and looked at user ratings and comments. We want to make sure the content went above and beyond the print edition, giving you the best experience for your iPad. All of these apps are found in the Newsstand app. One note, most subscriptions auto renew, so if you no longer want a magazine, make sure you cancel it, otherwise you will be charged again at the end of the subscription period. Hopefully you will find something enjoyable in the list below!

WIRED Magazine

by Condé Nast Digital
FREE

Many of our readers love technology, and Wired brings you some of the best content each month. You will find anything from fascinating stories in the advancement of technology to little nuggets of news and information. Wired is a great magazine for every techie, utilizing the iPad capabilities in wonderful ways. There are interactive pages, 360-degree photos, and more. Wired is one of the top interactive magazines in the market. If you are a print subscriber, the app is free. Subscriptions cost: $1.99 monthly $19.99 annually.

National Geographic Magazine

by National Geographic Society
FREE

National Geographic is known for their photography and educational content. All of this looks stunning on the iPad. The photos are beautiful, and the content has nice interactive features. You can pull up maps, link to the web, and read additional content that is not found in the print magazine. If you are already a print subscriber, you can access the magazine for free on the iPad. Subscriptions cost: $4.99 single issue, $1.99 monthly, and $19.99 annually.

The New Yorker Magazine

by Condé Nast Digital
FREE

You don’t have to live in New York to enjoy this weekly Americana magazine. You will find short stories, satire, commentaries, pop culture, cartoons, and more. The iPad edition will bring you exclusive slideshows, videos, audio of poets reading their work, and other interactive features. The New Yorker is a little more text heavy than other magazines, but it is presented in a very clean and readable format. Print subscribers receive free access. Subscriptions cost: $4.99 single issue, $5.99 monthly (weekly delivery) or $59.99 annually.

Esquire Magazine

by Hearst Communications, Inc.
FREE

This men’s lifestyle advice magazine has won awards for its iPad edition. There is exclusive content such as videos, cartoons, photography, and more. Many improvements have been made to this magazine in response to user comments as well. Unfortunately, if you currently are a print subscriber, you do not have free access to the iPad edition. Subscriptions cost: $4.99 single issue, $1.99 monthly and $19.99 annually.

O The Oprah Magazine

by Hearst Communications, Inc.
FREE

With a broad range of women’s content, O magazine has proven to have a nice digital edition. If you are looking at fashion ideas, you can locate different places that sell it online, and see the price. There are interactive quizzes, video features including a personal message from Oprah, recipes, fashion advice, and more. One complaint about this magazine is you cannot bookmark any of the pages. Subscriptions cost: $3.99 single issue, $1.99 monthly and $19.99 annually.

The Week Magazine US

by The Week Publications, Inc
FREE

Every Friday, The Week brings some of the best news and information on anything that matters. In addition to the weekly publication, you will find a Daily Briefing inside the app. This will provide some of the top news stories of the day. The Week includes more than just news stories, including sections on people, entertainment, travel, housing, books, obituaries, and more. The Week goes above and beyond other weekly news magazines with its additional and enjoyable content. Print subscribers can access the app for free, and there is a free trial. Subscriptions cost: $3.99 single issue or $4.99 monthly (weekly issues).

Motor Trend Magazine

by Source Interlink Media LLC
FREE

If you enjoy the world of automobiles, Motor Trend has some great iPad rich features. You will find videos, exclusive photos, live news feeds and more. Most of these features are not found in the print edition of Motor Trend either, which makes the iPad edition worth it. The app is free for print subscribers. Subscription cost: $6.99 for 3 months, $11.99 for 6 months, or $19.99 annually.

The Economist for iPad

by The Economist
FREE

For your weekly fix of business news, politics, and opinions, The Economist is worth checking out. Before you jump into a subscription, you can read some of the featured content for free, which is a nice option. One distinguishing feature of the Economist is the ability to switch back and forth from listening to reading to the content. This option to have an audio version is nice for driving or while engaging in other activities. Make sure you download the audio before heading out, as it is available offline. Print subscribers receive full access to the iPad edition. Subscriptions cost $5.99 single issues, $39.99 Quarterly (13 issues), and$129.99 annually (51 issues).

PC Magazine

by Ziff Davis, Inc.
FREE

PC Magazine has lots of helpful information for your PC computing experience. Written by some of the leading hardware and software developers, you will find information on new trends, solutions, how-tos, and more. What makes the iPad app attractive is the audio interviews, the product demos, and the great 360 degree images. In addition, PC Magazine does not have any ads, so your reading is more enjoyable and content filled. Subscriptions cost: $3.99 single issues, $1.99 monthly, and $19.99 annually.

Popular Science+

by Bonnier Corporation
FREE

For Science and Technology buffs, Popular Science brings all of their content to the iPad, with additional hands-on iPad-only features. You can pull up a “top layer” where an article will pull up over the current article so that you do not have to navigate away from your page. Within articles, you do not have to scroll to the next page to continue reading, instead you scroll up and down and only the text moves. With these great interactive features, it is worth checking out at least the free trial. Subscriptions cost: $4.99 for the current issue, $2.99 for back issues, $1.99 monthly, and $14.99 annually.

MAD Magazine (Cheap!)

by DC Entertainment
FREE

For the comedians in the crowd or those who are looking for a little humor, MAD Magazine is now appearing on the iPad. Some of the iPad-only features include animation, pop-ups, tap and zoom navigation, and fold in pages. You will also find special access to classic MAD Magazine articles. There is a free issue, so you can check it for yourself. Subscriptions cost: $4.99 single issues, $1.99 bi-monthly (one every two months) or $9.99 annually.