Top 10 best free magazines for iPad

September 10, 2010

Everywhere we read about old school print publishers trying to figure out ways to get readers to pay for the digital (and often awful) versions of their magazines. Here are ways to beat that trap with the best of the new publishing paradigm while paying absolutely nothing — free is good.

Flipboard — Far and away the best magazine for the iPad isn’t a magazine. A clever mix of curated tech and business news vis RSS, as well as a professional photostream, your Facebook and Twitter feeds, and any other sources you choose to ad, Flipboard is the first and perhaps only real digital magazine — it will change how you get and consume news.

Discover — When I was a kid, I spent hours and hours poring over our family’s two encyclopedia sets. Wikipedia is the 21st Century encyclopedia and Discover puts this exceptional resource in your hands in an engaging digital magazine format — you’ve gotta get this simply great app from Cooliris.

Website Magazine — Chances are, one way or another, you’re in the business, too. In the second decade of the new millennium, pageviews, SEO, reputation management and design matter to everyone. Get free access to the blogs and one edition just for asking.

Net-a-porter Magazine — Called the future of digital fashion publishing by fans and pundits alike, this title provides a seamless blend of editorial and shopping resources. Style has never looked this good.

Slate — This one costs $1.99 on the iPhone but it is free on Apple’s magical tablet — go figure. A slick, nicely done interface well-stocked with the “slatest” mix of textual, video, podcast content and, yeah, news.

Is Flipboard the future of news periodicals?

See also:
— [Another] Top 10 iPad magazines
iPad magazines: Reader’s Digest is warmly familiar
— Review: Time Magazine for iPad
If you only buy one iPad magazine, this is it
Time ships Steve Jobs commemorative issue

BMW Magazine — Ya gotta have goals and this free publication points to a future with you behind the wheel of the world’s finest driving machine. You’ve the iPad. What’s stopping you from getting the beamer (magazine)?
>> See also: Mini TV: Videos featuring the ever popular Mini Cooper.

Entrepreneur Magazine — Not free per se, but there are five free editions — May through September — for the taking, making this one of the most enticing offerings from a mainstream, old-line publication. And, your new economy business chops could use a little (just a little) polish, right?

Time, Inc. — If you’re already a People, Life, Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated or Entertainment Weekly print subscriber, then you can get the digital editions for “free” on your iPad. Digital only single editions and subs, however, aren’t as cheap as they should be.

National Geographic — Download the app and get a free copy (Zinio account required) of last month’s magazine. Offer also applies to their Travel magazines, as well.

Zinio Magazine Newsstand & Reader — When you download this free app, you do get a few freebies for your trouble. However, the purpose of Zinio is to get you to buy subscriptions and you’ll find hundreds of the most popular periodical titles in this glorified .pdf store + reader.

Know of a great (free or otherwise) iPad magazine? Share the name and a link in the comments below…

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17 Responses to “Top 10 best free magazines for iPad”

  1. Chris:

    Good list of top ten iPad magazines, I have one to add: This site lists some of the most recent additions and top selling ipad magazines… I found it useful anyway!

  2. RUFUS:

    Great list, glad I came across it. I like #4 specifically. Keep up the good blog

  3. ERIK:

    Great list, glad I came across it. I like #4 specifically. Keep up the good blog

  4. Andy:

    I dont think your info about Time being free on the ipad if you already have a print subscription is correct. At least what I’m looking it, the issues cost $4.99 each no matter what!

  5. Andy:

    more info about time being free… Directly from their website:

    I am a magazine subscriber. Can I get the digital issues as part of my subscription?

    Not yet. We plan to offer an option to combine a digital subscription with your print subscription in the coming months.

    Read more:

  6. DeniseAck: has some great offerings, too.

  7. Doug:

    I found this magazine today, Its not free but almost ($1.99) worth a look i think that they have done a good job with it.

  8. Sibel:

    Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes; fools by their own.

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  11. Sunny:

    Have clipboard and time now. Any other resources for financial stuff??

  12. Vestal watches:

    @Sibet, that’s maybe true, but you have to make your own mistakes sometimes to learn from them :)
    Anyway, OP, great article, got some of thous magazines and they are great!

  13. bhsifk:

    I just bought all of those :D

  14. Gert:

    Nice information mate. Keep up.

  15. Loreen K:

    You really make it seem so easy together with your presentation however I in finding this topic to be really one thing that I think I might by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very large for me. I’m taking a look forward to your subsequent publish, I will try to get the hang of it!

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  17. GC:

    There is a free educational kids’ magazine that’s designed for use on tablets like the iPad that isn’t available at the appstore. You can get it at

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