Getting back into magazines with Readly digital magazine app

A tablet running the Readly app and a cup of tea.

Disclosure: this is a paid collaboration with Readly.

I’ve always had something of an affinity with magazines. From an early age, I wanted to be a journalist thanks to those that I bought with my pocket money. I followed this up in adult life, earning an NCTJ qualification, getting my first job on a consumer title and even ending up on the cover of one issue!

What’s more, I’m proud to report that I’ve worked on two different titles that have featured as the guest publication on Have I Got News For You. Oh yes!

And I haven’t even got to the best bit yet. Because it was thanks to my second magazine job that I met my wife. Good old magazines!

We’re not the kind of couple that bothers with Valentine’s Day. We say and show that we love each other every day and have an anniversary every year, so already have a much more meaningful day to look forward to.

However, when the people at Readly digital magazine app got in touch with the opportunity to try out their service as a Valentine’s gift, we were delighted to try it out.

A man reading the Readly digital magazine app.

Readly provides unlimited access to over 650 titles and 3,000 issues so there are plenty of magazines to choose from. You can add up to five profiles too – all of which can be used simultaneously. Kids’ titles are available as well, so this is just right for our family.

It’s also paper-free, of course. As our house is on the market at the moment, we’re trying to keep it as clutter-free as possible, so this is just the job.

The Readly app showing five different user profiles.

Another useful feature is the ability to download up to 500 magazines. You can then read them in offline mode if you don’t want to be interrupted by notifications from other apps.

Speaking of quiet time, Readly lends itself nicely to weekend mornings. One of us gets up and makes breakfast for the kids while the other has a lie in. We then enjoy tea and reading in bed. Until recently, this reading has been news or social media so it’s great to have the option of so many magazines instead.

My wife has been reading SFX and Red while I’ve got back into Four Four Two and Official Xbox Magazine. And we’ve both been sniggering at Viz too!

A woman reading via the Readly digital magazine app.

As far as I’m concerned, Readly definitely falls into the ‘gift that keeps on giving’ category. It costs just 99p for the first month and £7.99 thereafter.

Various subscriptions are available too, such as three months for £23.97 or six for £47.94. I think this is great value for money. Particularly given how much print editions can cost.

We were given a three-month subscription for this post, but we’re already considering renewing once it expires.

If you’re on the lookout for a gift for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or anything else in the coming months, Readly is well worth a look.

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