Monday, July 28, 2008

Did You Know? Did You know? Elle Magazine Goes Digital!

I just found out that Elle Magazine has created a digital version that you can subscribe to and download. As I was renewing my lapsed subscription, I stumbled upon a "Digital Subscription" link. My, my, my, my! How unexpected! I must look into this further. Here is a brief blurb about it from the website (read more here):

What is the digital format, and how is it different from the print format?
We've partnered with a company called Zinio to provide our magazine in a powerful, new digital form with the same layout, text, and advertisements as the print version. Zinio magazines offer a paper-like reading experience, as well as many advantages possible only with digital, including:

  • Immediate subscription starts. Get your first issue right away, rather than waiting several weeks for your print version to arrive.
  • Automatic delivery of every issue directly to your computer via the Internet as soon as it is published, often before you would receive your magazine through the regular mail.
  • The ability to read your magazines anytime, anywhere – even when you’re offline.
  • A hyperlinked Table of Contents that takes you directly to the articles, features, and sections of most interest to you.
  • Quick links to advertisers’ sites and additional editorial content on the Web.
  • Keyword search that helps you find a topic or name in seconds – across all issues on your computer or in our online store.
  • The ability to highlight text and add “Post-it”-like notes on a magazine’s pages.
  • A “Send to Friend” feature that allows you to share free digital copies of your magazines with your family and co-workers.
  • Paperless archiving. Keep back issues on your computer for fast reference and easy storage.
Hmmm . . . I am not sure how I feel about this. I love seeing my mailbox stuffed with magazines every month! I love the glossy pages and scrutinizing every last detail of a fashion image an inch from my face. I like the perfume inserts. I like having a stack of magazines at my desk to look through. I like cutting out inspirational stylings . . . But, it is just SO MUCH GREENER to read it digitally (save trees, toxic inks, transport, etc. etc. etc.). I will check it out and let you know what I think!!

So exciting!!

But wait! I just Googled "digital Elle Magazine" and found that you can actually get plenty of magazines digitally. Look here. Magazines like Outside, Town & Country, Cosmo . . . Playboy.

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