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I have the Readly service Booked for almost two years and all along planned to write a little post about my experience with it. Somehow it always didn't "fit", but after Apple recently released its service "News +"presented what is basically Apple's flat rate for magazines, I thought that the right time has now come for my Readly review.
Like most Apple services, Apple's News + magazine flat rate will initially only be launched in the USA. There are around 300 magazines included, all of which are in English. The German Apple customers who would like to use the offer are excluded for the time being, as you can only order Apple News + with an American Apple account. The reasons for this are presumably due to restrictions imposed by the publishers who participate in News +. Negotiations with German publishers are certainly already in progress, but Apple's magazine flat rate is not currently available in Germany.
Until you can book News + in Germany, the magazine flat rate "readly"but definitely a recommendable alternative. Readly offers significantly more than Apple with its 300 magazines, because Readly currently has access to over 3.900 magazines - over 900 of which are in German.
An important point that I would like to mention right at the beginning is the price and the possibility of cancellation that comes with the Readly subscription. The cost is EUR 9,99 per month (as of 04/2019). This gives you an account at Readly.com with which you can create a total of five profiles. You can also use the app on a maximum of five devices. The first month is a test month in which Readly can be used to the full, but only pays 0,99 euros. You can book this one Trial month here at Readly.
It makes sense to assign the profiles to a user each, so that the personalized reading list, the selection of favorites and the bookmarks within the magazines read do not have to be shared with other people. In this way you can use Readly on different devices with the whole family or flat share and still each person has their own "area".
You can always cancel at Readly in the account area. So there is no notice period.
A few years ago I subscribed to various magazines: Climbing, Mac Life, Outdoor, GeoLino and PM. Nevertheless, in the summer I always bought one or the other gardening magazine and maybe a hiking magazine or something similar. All in all, a lot of costs and stapling came together.
Then I stumbled upon an ad from Readly via the climbing magazine: "Over 3000 magazine for just under 10 euros a month! Try it for 0,99 euros in the first month." That sounded kind of like a bait and like a case for the "too good to be true" drawer. Nevertheless, I was interested because I wanted to quit the climbing magazine anyway. Due to a lack of time, I just rarely got around to reading it regularly.
So I registered with Readly without further ado and was surprised at how many magazines there actually were. The only restriction that was clear to me from the start: In future, you will look at magazines using an electronic device and you will no longer be able to leaf through a paper magazine.
Since I like to research many different magazines for my articles, Readly offers me a broad field of activity, because in the "Computer & Technology" category alone there are over 120 magazines in German and almost 30 in English. Among the English also the "MacWorld", which I have read many times before and now rediscovered.
If you look at Readly's selection of magazines, you quickly notice that, in addition to a few established magazines, there are also many niche trade magazines and lots of gossip magazines. Ultimately, there is only a small selection of magazines for the individual, which presumably addresses their areas of interest - but that is also the advantage of the flat rate: You don't pay more or less, no matter how much interests you personally from the overall offer.
Ultimately, however, I am really impressed by the variety of magazines that have dedicated themselves to certain niches. There are really very special things like ...
You can see: there is something for everyone here. But you could also say:
Lots of choice, but most of it is nothing for most!
That means: You have to come to terms with the fact that you end up choosing 5 to 10 magazines to read and ignoring the rest. Although I think with some titles that they sound so crazy that you have to take a look. Doesn't cost anything! : D
Unfortunately, under certain circumstances, you can also be unlucky and the exact newspaper you are looking for is not yet included. For example, I looked for the "c't" but unfortunately only found the Dutch edition. I could have come to terms with English, but Dutch ???
Basically a nice trend if the choices weren't so limited and limited. The first daily newspapers that recently found their way into the Readly offer are: Bild, Bild am Sonntag, BZ, B- Z. am Sonntag, Die Welt, Die Welt Kompakt and Die Welt / Kompakt am Sonntag. Not exactly what I would call sensible daily newspapers, but it doesn't matter - that was the beginning and I hope there will be more newspapers soon to make the selection a bit "more complex".
A function that I work at readly I really appreciate the archive. When you have selected a magazine, you also get a list of the old issues from the archive - and that sometimes goes back many years. At Mac Life, for example, the first issue is 01/2014. That corresponds to a stack of magazines with easily 50 issues that you would otherwise have to fly around in your living room or office.
For me, the iPad is the device I prefer to use Readly with. There is an app for this and you have much better search options than on the computer if you use Readly via the browser.
While there are unfortunately no filter options when searching in the browser, the search on the iPad can be heavily filtered:
This way you get to your destination very well and you can easily find out about specific people, areas, cities, devices or product groups such as power banks, projectors or the like.
If you have chosen a magazine and leafed through it, you will find a layout like the one in the print magazine. There is no function to reduce the text to a narrow column for an iPhone, which is why the iPad is the best choice in my opinion if you want to read something in Readly. You can either use the iPad in landscape format - then the double pages of the magazine are displayed - or you can hold it in portrait mode and see a page. The display adapts automatically when you turn the iPad.
In landscape format, the font is too small to read in the 100% display of a double page, but in portrait format it works quite well. I still enlarge the heels a bit, which works very comfortably with the usual finger gesture to enlarge everything.
The app also offers a special feature for enlarging sections: If you press an area of the page with a finger and leave it there, the area is automatically enlarged until you lift your finger again. This makes it relatively easy to get an easily readable font size without having to work a lot with the actual zoom function.
There are still some functions of readly, which I would like to briefly touch on here so that the already long article doesn't get out of hand:
The Readly service is undoubtedly a very handy thing to do, but there are a few advantages and disadvantages that should be mentioned.
I've been with them for a good two years now readly and still subscribed to Mac Life as a print magazine: Why? Because I like to read this magazine on the sofa and want to do it after a day in front of the monitor without an iPad. When doing research, when I jump back and forth in many different magazines, I really enjoy reading on the iPad with Readly, because it gives you more flexibility. It's just fun to click through the computer or outdoor magazines and take a look here and there. If you do this at the kiosk, you will quickly be told that you are welcome to buy the magazine if you want to read it. : D
I really use Readly a lot. Not necessarily every day, but sometimes I spend two or three hours with the app looking for information about a specific device, topic or program together. The possibility to get magazines from the USA on the iPad with one tap is also very nice if you want to look outside the box in Germany.
I find the cost of just under 10 euros a month very cheap, especially when you consider that you actually "buy" magazines for 5 people.
Finally, the intuitive operation of the app is another factor that makes reading with Readly a pleasant pastime. The developers of the app did a really good job here. I can warmly recommend the app. In the first month you can try out the entire offer for only 99 cents and only after the time has expired the monthly subscription of 9,99 euros.
If you want to test Readly or take a look at the selection of over 3900 magazines, you can use this link to get to the provider:
This article reflects my experience and my personal opinion on the Readly service. I was not compensated or influenced by Readly and I regularly paid for my account myself. The links to Readly that you can find in the article are "affiliate links". That means, if someone comes to Readly through this and takes out a subscription, I get one month of Readly free of charge. But that was not the motivation for the article, because I am still paying for the service because I find it really helpful.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.