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QOTD #85: Do you subscribe to print media?

Discussion in 'Tilted Entertainment' started by genuinemommy, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member

    Be it a magazine, newspaper, book club, or otherwise, do you intentionally have any sort of print media delivered to your home?

    Which ones?
    How often are they delivered?
    Do you like it?

    Tt has a weekly subscription to Investor's Business Daily. He used to subscribe to it daily, but our delivery guy was crap and we were getting it once a week if we were lucky. Now, even subscribing weekly we only get it once a month. Last week they delivered a Barron's instead.

    We don't subscribe to it, but there's a free local newspaper that is delivered to our home twice a week.

    I get Microscopy Today once a month. I like staying in the loop, but it came along with a society membership.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2016
  2. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member Donor

    Used to...not any more.
    I just don't have time anymore...on a daily basis.

    If I did, it would be for a few magazines of interest. (and topics are more long term...so I don't have to read them immediately)
    Scientific American
    Architectural Digest
    Foreign Affairs

    Mostly I get news from the web these days...and through balanced aggregates
  3. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    For the last 20 years or so I've subscribed to Sports Illustrated. Even as I've dropped other print publications I've kept reading that one as a paper copy. It typically comes every week, though they have certain weeks of the year that they skip.

    A few years ago ESPN The Magazine offered a free, or almost free, subscription and I signed up. The last couple of years they've renewed me for $1/yr, so I've stayed with it. This is published every other week.

    Oddly enough, I usually read both either in the shower (yes, for real) or poolside. Places where reading on an electronic device isn't practical.
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  4. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there! Donor

    We get so many, I have trouble keeping up.
    But I really enjoy having good reading material around and it's not much money, so what the heck.
    The top of the heap:
    I read the New Yorker weekly. Excellent long form journalism of a kind that is disappearing elsewhere.
    Scientific American.
    Cooks Illustrated. Not as taken by it as I once was, and it may be time to try a new cooking magazine.
    National Geographic.
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  5. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member Donor

    I subscribe to a magazine that focuses on travel and lifestyle in my state. I only subscribe to a print copy because there isn't an electronic one.
  6. ASU2003

    ASU2003 Slightly Tilted

    Where ever I roam
    I don't. I do read some occasionally at the library. I have a bad habit of not getting rid of old magazines. And I think with all the new movies and TV shows, and all the time people are spending on-line, it is taking away from people being able to read the paper or magazines.

    Now, I do understand the need for an independent media that investigates the big important issues. And I wouldn't mind contributing to that financially. But they would need to release their findings on paper, in TV interviews, movie documentaries, and on-line.
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  7. Lindy

    Lindy Very Tilted Donor

    I get print copies of the local newspaper, Lincoln Journal-Star.
    Washington Post digitally.
    Consumer Reports
    Road and Track (too much track)
    Sports and Exotic Car
    The Strad
    Green Building
    Several food, nutrition, and classical music blogs
    I get Cooks Illustrated too. I made the mistake of entering my email address, and am now constantly barraged with online marketing for other mags, cookbooks, utensils, cooking lessons, etc., sometimes several in one day.
    So annoying that I may just let it lapse.
    Constant and excessive marketing drove me away from the Smithsonian group of mags.
    AAA Magazine comes with my membership. I rarely read it.
  8. redux

    redux Very Tilted Donor

    Foggy Bottom
    I get Smithsonian magazine with membership as a Smithsonian Associate. I gave up home delivery of the Washington Post for the paid, full access, digital version.

    At work, I get comp copies of American City & County and Governing
  9. Fangirl

    Fangirl Very Tilted Donor

    Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Time, and Real Simple. Going to let Time lapse as I never read it. The rest are handy for when a mobile device is not. We no longer subsctibe to a newspaper but 2X weekly one lands on our driveway. At first it was fun to read, but Ahwatukee is just not that interesting and it is very easy to pull up the digital version, if desired.
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  10. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Large City, TX
    I used to, but not any more. We do get some didn't-ask-for-them magazines that are related to my wife's membership in a teacher's association.

    Note: Many years ago I was a member of the NRA, and had a subscription to New Republic at the same time. Which lead to me being on two extremely divergent mailing lists.

    Edit--I would like to have a subscription to Texas Monthly, but my wife has never taken my strong hints.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2016
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  11. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there! Donor

    Interesting that Smithsonian got mentioned a couple of times above.
    We tried it for a year and I wanted to like it. I just couldn't. I couldn't figure out what it was supposed to be, or what the editors saw as the mission of the magazine.
  12. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Large City, TX

    I had the same experience with Smithsonian, it never made me want to read it. I started it on either one those Low Introductory Rate trial offers or maybe I got a few months free. I ignored the first few 'reminder' form letters asking me to take out a subscription at full price.

    Then I received a very strongly worded form letter telling me that I had taken advantage of their generous offer (yes I did, you made the offer) and I should feel obliged to take out a subscription. I did not expect, or appreciate, this strong-arm tactic from Smithsonian.

    On that note....the reminder notices I received from numerous publishers wanting me to re-up subscriptions four to five months in advance bugged the hell out of me. I knew that that circulation numbers were important to them to set their advertising rates, and the sooner they had the numbers the better, but there was no way I was going to pay for re-up that far in advance.
  13. Lindy

    Lindy Very Tilted Donor

    They are great for envelopes emblazoned with things like "ADVANCE OFFER" "STATEMENT OF BENEFITS" "FINAL NOTICE" "YOUR LAST CHANCE" and others, sometime in "blind" envelopes with no recognizable return address.

    On the other hand, this is not really quite as bad as it looks, since the "September" issue is often in your mailbox by the middle of July. I also always pay renewals with a paper check instead of online, in order to avoid the "convenient automatic renewal" that come with an online order and payment.

    Sometimes I mail in one of those postpaid cards that tumble out of the magazine's innards (a low tech form of SPAM) and subscribe under an assumed name. So then when I start getting junk mail addressed to Wladyslav Bugletooter, I know who sold my info. Thanks, Road and Track.;)
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  14. redux

    redux Very Tilted Donor

    Foggy Bottom
    I find an interesting article or two in Smithsonian magazine but it is more a throw in for my Smithsonian membership that provides access to private tours, discounts on concerts, lectures and other events, etc.
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  15. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Large City, TX
    I've used Beau Zeau.
  16. POPEYE

    POPEYE Very Tilted Donor

    No no I do not.
  17. cynthetiq

    cynthetiq Administrator Staff Member Donor

    New York City
    No. I do currently subscribe to NYTimes but that's because it was from work. When it expires I probably won't renew it.

    I want subscribe to a couple car mags, but I don't want stuff to accumulate. I got too much shit as it is.
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