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5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat misleading ad, but great gateway to purchase a great magazine, 6 April 2014
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I do think it should be made much clearer that this is not a [sample] magazine, but in fact a "gateway" app to make it easier to purchase either single issues, back issues or current issues.

This is a really good magazine, and I'm switching over to digital instead of paper options for all my mags and books. They take up much less space on the shelf, and are much easier to browse through to find a particular article or issue.

I have bought several subscriptions to craft magazines this way, both from the UK and US, and by buying digital, I have been able to subscribe to more magazines, because the issues are generally a lot cheaper, and definitely more accessible when you look at overseas magazines, with not having to pay postage costs or wait for the late arrival of an issue that most other people get weeks before!

One reviewer has commented on the purchase of back issues and does see the point of doing that, but craft magazines are not like current affairs or news magazines, and don't really 'date' in that way. Fashions change to a certain extent, but craft magazines often show different techniques, or interviews with particular designers, and these could well be in an issue we might not have been able to purchase at that time. Another of the advantages of digital magazines is that back issues never run out of stock, too!

Several US magazines offer digital subscriptions with the bonus of access to two or more years of back issues of their magazines. I've found this to be a wonderful bonus, as you get a lot more craft patterns such as knitting and crochet designs, but you also get lots of tutorials to different techniques, too.

Craft magazines are not like gossip or news magazines - they are smallish non-fiction instructional books, so back issues are just as valuable as the current one, in my opinion.

Another reviewer commented about there being a lot of advertisements in the magazine. This, again, can be an advantageous addition to any craft magazine, as it's not always easy to locate crafting supplies. Any craft magazine, whether printed or digital, includes quite a number of advertisements, in my opinion. It isn't something that is especialy unusual or unique to this particular magazine.

The benefit of seeing these in digital form is that if you click on an advertisement, it takes you to the company's website! The same is true of any website/link mentioned on the pages of a digital magazine, such as in an article about a new up & coming designer, or for further reading on a particular technique, and you can just 'click', and be taken diirectly to that item, as long as you're reading the magazone whilst online, of course.

I guess I'm probably more aware and in favour of digital magazines and books as I'm disabled and housebound, and have been for a number of years. I also have difficulty holding printed books and turning the pages, but I can still enjoy craft work, and the current trend of issuing books and magazines in digital format has made my life and enjoyment of craftwork so much easier and more accessible, and helps me find suppliers for equipment and materials needed to carry out my hobbies.

So, to get back to the point - this particular free item does not make it clear enough in the sales/product information that this is only an app or gateway through which you can purchase digital issues of this particular magazine, in order to access/read them on your Kindle itself, or your Kindle app for whatever product you choose. It's a shame that the advert is misleading, but please don't judge a great craft magazine because of that. After all, you're not even out of pocket when all is said and done!
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