A while back, in the comments on this site, we got into a little discussion about the availability of books here in the Philippines. Unfortunately, there are not many good bookstores in the Philippines, especially if you are outside of Manila. Actually, this is a discussion that we have had a number of times on the site.
Many of us here on the site (readers and writers here) enjoy reading a good book! What about magazines? I enjoy magazines even more than books, because I am really a current events junkie. Reading something like Time or Newsweek is really enjoyable for me. As a tech savvy person, I also enjoy magazines like PC Magazine and such. There are magazines here in the Philippines, of course, but I enjoy the US Magazines more, myself. For example, Time Magazine is available here, but it is Time’s Asia Edition. I enjoy reading what is going on back home, though, and you can’t get the US version of Time on the magazine stands here. So, what is a guy to do?
Well, I have been using a service called Zinio.com for a number of years now. Zinio is a company that delivers current issues of magazines digitally! That’s right, you can choose the magazines that you like, subscribe to them, and they will automatically be delivered to your computer so that you can read them! And, this is not an “electronic version” of the magazine – it is the exact magazine that you would get in the mail. In other words, all the pages are exactly the same! The advertisements and everything are exactly as you would see if you had a paper copy in your hands. They even include the little cards that you can use for a subscription!
As I said, I have been using Zinio for several years now to subscribe to American Magazines. The downloading part of it couldn’t be easier! All you have to do is install the provided software and you are done! The software is constantly monitoring the Zinio site to see if any magazines are waiting for you. If one of your subscribed magazines has a new issue, it is downloaded automatically, and you are notified that a new magazine is waiting to be read! It’s as simple as that.
Getting subscriptions like this to American magazines is just one more way to give yourself the best of both worlds! It’s a service that I highly recommend!