I recently bought the NookColor and am getting most of my magazine subscriptions through the Nook. It certainly reduces the clutter in the house. I made an inquiry to AQS re The Quilter magazine being available on the Nook but have not heard back yet. I would love to get all of my quilting, sewing, jewelry, etc... magazines on the Nook. Is anyone finding these types of magazines on their Kindles or Kobe E-Readers?
I am subscribed to the digital edition of Quilting Arts and I love it!
I appreciate the fact it doesn't take any space on shelves ( I already have tons of books and magazines!) and as I live in Italy I can't believe how easy and cheap is to get it...The printed version costs a fortune here in the couple of shops that sells it; otherwise you can subscribe and get it with months of delay...The digital version is inexpensive and you get it on the same day it's issued! I hope many other magazines will be available this way...
Anyway, I don't know whether it can be read on the Nook. You can read it either using the "interactive" version which is supported by an Adobe program called AIR (and you can eithar look at it online, or download it on your pc ,and read it "in local") , or you can download the simple PDF (which is what I do) and read it just like any PDF...If Nook reads PDFs it should be possible to read it thee too!
Then of course there is also the magazine "The Gift of Stitching" which is only in digital edition and comes as a PDF only. That's good too, even if it's mostly cross-stitch (but they published a Hardanger school that was very good IMHO).
I hope other magazines will chose digital editions...For people in distant countries it's often the only solution to get the magazine at an acceptable price and without waiting for a month!
I have a Nook as well, with an interest in Crazy Quilting. I have downloaded books and stitching guides to my Nook, so I can carry them with me in my project bag. I have access to all the info without carrying all those books.
Pat Winter has a crazy quilting magazine and there are other craft/art related magazines here:
I have just purchased an iPad with eBooks as a major reason. I have downloaded the iBook and eReader apps, so far, but there are also Nook and Kindle apps available for reading eBooks designed for those formats. Anyway...
I use iBook to read pdf versions of the Interweave Press magazines, FibreArts, ClothPaperScissors and their free eBooks. I just buy individual digital issues of the magazines depending on the articles or what's on special. Using iBook to read the pdf files is great. The "pages" are displayed very well, the colours are great, it is easy to navigate through the pages and it is very easy to zoom right in to see details in the photos. Like Elena, I buy the pdf versions as the paper Interweave magazines are very, very expensive here in New Zealand.
the iPad makes reading the pdf files much easier than on a laptop or desktop computer, but pdf files do not take any real advantage of the iPad platform. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Interweave bring out iPad editions of their wonderful, interactive eMags.
I use eReader to read the fiction titles I've purchased via eReader.com. These have more "functionality" than pdf files but eReader does not sell any embroider or craft titles.
Many of the magazine publishers seem to be taking the route of supplying a custom "app" which you use to read their magazine. For general articles I really enjoy "Intellient Life" published by "The Economist". This magazine comes out every two months and incorporates easy to read text, video clips, high quality photos and navigation which takes full advantage of the iPad functionality.
I am taking the approach that if a good electronic stitching magazine comes available for Nook, Kindle or Kobe then I will just download the relevant app onto my iPad to read it.
I think a Nook is something like an E-reader, or Ipad? I think it would be wonderful to have subscription on an Ipad or so. I have one quilt e-book it's called french braid quilts from Jan Hardy Miller. It's on a PDF kind of way on my laptop. I downloaded that programme from the site where I bought the e-book the be able to read and use it. I read what I have to know and print out what I have to do.
The Nook is an E-reader put out by Barnes & Noble and the high price one is in color. I have the Kindle Fire which is put out by Amazon and is in color as well as having a reading light built in and other apps. However, I think there are starting to be more and more magazines and books available. It seems to me that it is up to the publishers to start selling them on-line and some have and some haven't. The books available are the same way. I like my Kindle Fire because I can also read my e-mail on it and do lots of other things without having to drag out my big laptop. However, there is a drawback because the screens are not too big. They are great for reading fiction or non-fiction with no pictures, but it is harder to follow something that does have pictures. You have to zoom it really big. I am old-fashioned and probably cheap too, because I prefer my magazines to be sent to me by mail. When I have to download them that costs me money when I want to print something out because if it's in color you can't do it in economy mode or you just don't get the real look. I really think I save money because I have the magazine or book in hand and can look at it anytime I want. I have them all arranged on bookshelves in magazine cases and have an index for them. I don't subscribe to too many magazines, but I do make an exception for one magazine that is only available by e-mail and that is Maggie Grey's e-mag which comes out quarterly. I am a contemporary quilter and I think everything she does is wonderful and cutting edge. The magazine is the same way.
New Stitches, a beautiful British x-stitch mag, is available for Ipad. And you can print it too. It's only $6 USD per issue, which is MUCH less than the paper version for US subscribers. Last I looked a couple of weeks ago they had two years worth of back issues available with previews so you can pick and choose, no need for an annual subscription.
I recently subscribed to Inspirations in digital format, which I read through my iPad, but it's also available for other e-readers, too. I usually use the iPad for blogging and email while traveling and so forth and have never used it for anything outside of "work," so last month's Inspirations subscription was actually the first time I ever saw a digital magazine. I love it! Now I understand why people like their Kindles, Nooks, Androids, iPads, and whatever else these gadgets are called so very much!
And now I want one of every gadget! :-)
I wrote to Inspiration a couple of weeks ago and they told me the international Android version of the magazine would be ready soon (they told me June 2013). We use Zinio reader right now on the tablet, mostly because Zinio is more or less 'multimedia related' (and I happen to work for a living in the multimedia field). I can predict that textile art related magazines will litteraly renew their present form as a media in the (not too) distant future. The possibilities brought by the AR (augmented reality) applications are countless and in the needle- or whatsoevercraft world it will be revolutionary. Just imagine : you catch a model on your Ipad and you instantly access to its video tutorial : no further need for endless printed tutorials that are by definition always incomplete (a newbie needs are so different than an old accomplished stitcher's ones). Or you can immediately browse the Internet and find appropriate material to make the piece, or access to similar historical pieces in museum collections all over the world. Just name it : the sky is the limit. Besides the stitching related magazines you can already access some stitching related apps (both in the AppStore and on Google Play). As for now I haven't seen very interesting stuff but the offer DOES grow and it's up to us to invent our future. Anyone out there ready to develop an app that can pantone any picture taken with a smartphone/ tablet and convert it directly to any available floss colour in any given type by any given maker ? Not me I'm afraid, I'm unfortunately just specialized in project management and have no clues about app development. But the future's bright, I'm sure of that ;)