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Play Magazines now offering 'free for print subscribers' option

According to a Google Play support document -- and confirmed when we browse to some magazines -- Google is now offering a "Free for print subscribers" option for certain magazines in the Play Store. When browsing many popular magazine subscriptions in the Play Store that have a print component, tapping on "subscribe" offers you three options. On top of the regular monthly or yearly subscriptions, you now have the option to get the digital version for free if you're already a print customer.

Google has likely signed some kind of content deals to make this happen, but however it happened it's a good thing. Many different publishers have offered this feature for their own websites and magazines, but its nice to see Google offering the same option with a digital subscription through the app as well.

Source: Google; Via: Android Police

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

19 Comments
  • Seems like all the sites who reported this failed to state that this is US ONLY as stated by Google themselves:
    "Also, this is currently a US-only feature. We're working on bringing this feature to other countries, and to the Web soon as well."
  • I tried, doesn't work. My print subscription would not verify. Just a note, it worked seamlessly on our ipad. Contacted Google and the have no clue what to do. Typical google :0(
  • Agreed, and thank you for confirming my suspicions. Canadian here, do not see this option anywhere. Hopefully it gets added sooner than later.
  • Didn't work for me either. I tried both ways with account and address verifications. Still didn't work.
  • Worked fine for me using the account verification option.
  • I wish they had a list of which magazines offer this. The option doesn't even appear for me on any of the magazines I'm subscribed to.
  • Same here. A list would be really nice. I'm "almost" ready to switch to e-versions of my magazines, but not quite yet. It'd be nice to have the option to read on my Nexus 7 or the paper edition.
  • Agreed.
  • While there isn't an "official list" of participating magazines, this query seems to work pretty well:
    https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...
  • Just tried my Shutterbug...no free option. What crap!
  • This isn't new. I did this with my Money Magazine and Sports Illustrated about a month ago.
  • Now they need to carry Entertainment Weekly. Can get it on the iPad, but not any Google device.
  • They have EW on Google Play and you can get the digital for free.
    https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...
  • But the new EW issue is not on there although today is Sunday and the new issue came out last wed!!!! What a joke! I'm very upset. This never happens on iPad.
  • Not available for PCWorld. Hopefully, will be soon.
  • I want my Maxim.
  • Awesome news. Doesn't seem like many mags are participating yet but it's a step in the right direction. I am a little worried though, It says I am subscribed to automatically pay monthly. The price right now shows 0.00 of course but when my print subscription runs out will I automatically be charged? Also, any way to get back issues? And once a new issue comes out will the one there now disappear or can I save it? I am a little confused on how to use the magazine app I guess, some things just aren't clear, but maybe it's just me getting old :)
  • Anyone get GQ to work?
  • Doesn't work for Maxim, Maximum PC, Motor Trend, Popular Science, or Car and Driver.
    Wired Magazine does work.