I'm still trying to decide how I like to read magazines. For years, I've been a consumer and collector of the paper ones, but in the spring I decided to give the digital versions a try and signed up for Texture, a Netflix-like subscription service that provides access to almost every magazine imaginable. The pros? At the top of my list is definitely the fact that it gives me the ability to read any magazine I want, whenever I want, including back issues. It's also convenient to load up an iPad with reading material for road trips or time spent waiting somewhere for someone (i.e. the doctor's office, etc.). There is no denying that digital magazines are also an eco-friendly solution to minimizing the piles of paper that quickly accumulate in a house with five people. The cons? I really miss reading paper magazines.
I don’t know about you, but I have files and folders of recipes culled from magazines over the years. This is one of the biggest benefits of reading a paper magazine. I still love tearing out inspiring images and sticking them in a binder or slapping them up on the pre-Pinterest bulletin board I keep over my desk. I find it so hard to do this with digital issues. I haven’t come up with a great system for saving recipes, and I also don’t want to shove another device under the boys’ nose whenever I want them to read a story or article of interest. There’s just something so endearing about seeing everyone sit around the table with a cup of coffee (milk, water, etc.) in hand flipping through the stack of magazines and newspapers in front of them. I cherish those mornings, and find that reading magazines digitally has changed how we interact.