Name: Next Issue
Platform: Andriod 3+ and iPad 5.01+
Price: $9.99 or 14.99 per month

next_issue_logoOK, I hope you kept reading after seeing the price tag of the Next Issue app. If you did I think I can help you see why you, or a teen or a teen's parents will find forking over $10 to $15 per month is worthwhile.

Imagine that a teen, or a library, or a library staff member has easy access to favorite magazines on their device every month or week (depending on the publication schedule). A new issue of People is available on newsstands and it's also available on a device via this app. A new issue of Wired is on newsstands and it's also available on this app. Pay $10 per month and gain access to the next issue of about 70 magazines. Pay $15 per month and seven more titles are available.

Of course magazines are available to check-out in physical form, and some libraries are using the Zinio app so customers can check-out publications on their devices. But, there are teens and parents and library staff who would like to have ready access to the newest issues and back issues of lots of magazines on their own device to carry with them all the time. That's why Next Issue is a good idea.

seventeenThe app is simple to use. Download it, sign-up for a subscription plan, select the magazines you want to download to your device, and you are set. You can set the device to automatically download new issues. It's also possible to get email notification of new issues when they become available. When reading a magazine in the app it's easy to navigate through sections. There is a table of contents at the bottom of the screen as well as a drop-down listing at the top of the screen. Teens can also scroll through the magazine from page to page if that's how they like to read.

One thing to keep in mind is that this app provides access to the e-version of magazines. That means extra features that are sometimes available in app versions of periodicals are not all (or always) available with Next Issue.

Perhaps parents are looking for a good gift for their teen. Maybe the library has devices for teens to use while in the building or for check-out. The Next Issue app would be perfect for these situations.

A trial 30-day subscription is available of the app. Download it and see what you think. It might change magazine reading habits of you and the teens with whom you work.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President and the Youth and Family Learning Manager at the Seattle Public Library.

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