I’m very ambivalent about medium when it comes to books. While the vast majority of books I read are in print, I do also like my Kindle. The Kindle is wonderful for travel.
When it comes to magazines, however, I strongly prefer print. I only subscribe to two: Pen World and Conde Nast Traveler. I could have subscribed to the digital editions, but it wouldn’t have been the same, not even close. I like the feel of a magazine. The pictures look so much better in print. The print version fonts are usually larger and easier to read in the printed copies. I know people say this about books too, but I really am comfortable reading a book in either print or Kindle format – they are equally the same to me.
I like the length of magazine articles too. Generally, longer than newspapers, going into greater depth, the magazine article is still easily digested in a single flight.
I used to travel a lot for work. I’d bring a book on most trips, but usually packed with clothes in my luggage. My laptop case was stuffed full with the laptop and files, but there was usually room for 2 or 3 magazines. They became my go-to in-flight reading material and the love affair began.
Magazines are having a tough time lately, especially print versions. Ad revenue is way down. People continue to expect content for free (in reading material, music, photography…). I really do hope they survive, and I’ll continue to subscribe to some in an effort to help.