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Old 04-04-2019, 12:20 PM   #1
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A few years ago I cancelled printed periodicals - it seemed like a reasonable cost savings (and eco-friendly) but I found that I missed these and my knowledge set narrowed. Despite my intention to read online - I didn't.

I resubscribed to a few and deeply appreciate wandering through pages over a cup of coffee, having a small stack of magazines in the 'reading room' and a steady stream of paper to jump start the fire place.

Currently I'm taking The Economist, New Yorker, Science News and La Lettre du musicien but am thinking of changing up the rotation for the coming year.

Any suggestions for great periodicals (printed on paper)?
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There are many thousands of periodicals. Great depends on what you enjoy.

One suggestion would be to go to your local library. They likely have a nice selection of periodicals there. Try a few and subscribe to whatever you really like.
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Totally agree on the pleasantness of having a few paper periodicals laying around! Forced into having either 100% paper or 100% electronic, I guess we'd go electronic. But we love a mix since there are times when sitting by the window with a glass of wine and my latest copy (on slick paper no less!) of Boundary Waters Journal in my lap just can't be replaced by sitting there with my laptop or iPad.
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I know many here would disagree with me, but one of the subscriptions that we share is the AARP periodicals and the interem magazines. It keeps us up to date with the major and minor changes to what is going on around us.... moneywise, health wise, and science of all kinds. The best $16/yr we spend. We do get a number of print papers and membership letters, but the ones that are always on the side table are the latest AARP publications.

Without going into detail, we have saved many times the subscription price because of hints on money, medical info (prescription information) as well help with home management and organization, contacts and just about anything us old people need to know.
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A few years ago I cancelled printed periodicals - it seemed like a reasonable cost savings (and eco-friendly) but I found that I missed these and my knowledge set narrowed. Despite my intention to read online - I didn't.

I resubscribed to a few and deeply appreciate wandering through pages over a cup of coffee, having a small stack of magazines in the 'reading room' and a steady stream of paper to jump start the fire place.

Currently I'm taking The Economist, New Yorker, Science News and La Lettre du musicien but am thinking of changing up the rotation for the coming year.

Any suggestions for great periodicals (printed on paper)?
Totally agree with wanting to hold the printed magazines (or newspapers for that matter) in my hands.
As for suggestions, it really depends on your tastes. If you are scientifically inclined, consider Scientific American, or even Science (though that is definitely for nerds only... ), a bit more mainstream: Popular Scientist.
One publication that I used to subscribe to for many years is Foreign Affairs. Very interesting, but often quite dry...
Depending on your hobbies, there are almost certainly specialized publications in whatever areas you are interested in.
Me, I also like things like Consumer Reports, Family Handyman, Barron's, AAII magazine, even Kiplinger or Money.
If you have some old airline mileage accounts and need to keep them active without actually traveling, a good way to do that is use a few hundred miles a piece via Magazines for Miles. They have a fairly large selection and you can basically try out new stuff for next to free.

Imoldernu: I confess to reading AARP publications too...
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I was never so happy to see paper disappear and go all electronic!

We stopped the newspaper in 2000 - mainly due to deliveries not stopping temporarily when requested for our travel dates. A few years later when we went RVing full time we stopped all magazines. It was just the most freeing thing to no longer deal with magazines!

I no longer buy physical books. I’ve gone all ebooks.
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I enjoy the in-depth cooking articles in Cook's Illustrated. I also get Kiplinger on paper, and an RV magazine.
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Real Paper Periodicals?

I subscribed to NYT recently with Sunday-only paper delivery. I enjoy having the physical Sunday magazine throughout the week. The rest of the time (all week) I have and use the digital edition.

Just this week, I learned a sibling is giving me a subscription to “Our State”, a monthly magazine focused on North Carolina. I know it and like it so will look forward to having it around.

In return, I ordered a Blu-Ray copy of “Office Space” for them. They’d NEVER seen it!

[ADDED] NC mag website: http://ourstate.com
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We get a few. We like paper. We are also into food and house porn.

WSJ - 6 days a week
NY Times - Sunday
Entertainment Weekly - weekly
Wine Spectator - every few weeks
5280 - monthly
Dwell -
Fine Cooking
Fine Homebuilding
Kitchen & Bath Design News
Milk Street
Modern in Denver
Qualified Remodeler
Residential Design
Vanity Fair
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I subscribe to a car magazine - Car and Driver.

I get paper periodicals at the public library. If I were going to subscribe, it would be Scientific American, The Economist, and Discover.
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I get the local newspaper (which I was printing press operator for 9 years), a few car magazines, Readers Digest, mother Earth news , and a few others. I find that I don't read if it's electronic (unless it's a forum)....old school.
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Totally agree with wanting to hold the printed magazines (or newspapers for that matter) in my hands.
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Me, I also like things like Consumer Reports, Family Handyman, Barron's, AAII magazine, even Kiplinger or Money.
If you have some old airline mileage accounts and need to keep them active without actually traveling, a good way to do that is use a few hundred miles a piece via Magazines for Miles. They have a fairly large selection and you can basically try out new stuff for next to free....
I find the airline magazine selections are great and really cheap some as low as 600 miles for a year of a magazine.

AARP, has a point system area on their website, anybody can join, and earn points by reading stuff, then use the points for things, including subscribing to magazines for zero dollars.
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I get the New Yorker. Still, I mostly let the print copies stack up and then take a batch on vacation. Hard to read a tablet at the pool!

(pro-tip, amazon offers a 12 week subscription for $5 every few weeks in their magazine deals, so I just keep watch and basically pay $20 for a year which is better than any deal I've seen elsewhere).

I will still pick up a Vogue a couple of times a year, given it's 70% ads the print experience is very different than online.
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(pro-tip, amazon offers a 12 week subscription for $5 every few weeks in their magazine deals, so I just keep watch and basically pay $20 for a year which is better than any deal I've seen elsewhere).

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We like Smithsonian Magazine.
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The Economist is great. I'd also recommend The Atlantic, since I see the occasional well-written, comprehensive and thorough article there, when I visit my mom's place. I wouldn't subscribe myself, though.
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About a year ago stopped buying newspaper to read after skating while having coffee. The paper got pricey and dropped to about one page of useful info, besides the cartoons.
Nowadays if someone leaves a copy on the table at the coffe house and leaves, I'll skim through it.
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Hard to read a tablet at the pool!
That's what Kindles are for. Not hard to read anywhere.

I have had a Kindle Keyboard device for almost 9 years now. It's loaded with all my reading on it. I bring it to the beach, to the pool, and in my travel bag when I travel.

Much easier that a dusty stack of books and/or magazines.
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