My best app of last year and this year… Texture

February 14, 2018

I used to work in magazines (I worked for seven magazines, and edited three), and I still love reading them, particularly international titles that have great content.

I know that many people consider print and magazines “dead” as there is so much other great digital content that we can access daily, but I still find magazines very much alive.

The “problem” with loving international titles is that they’re expensive to buy – whether online or print. I’m not complaining as I understand shipping costs etc, but it hinders my access to my favourite titles and I’m not really keen on going to Exclusive Books, reading magazines, and then putting them back on the shelf.

Enter Texture, the app with more than 200 mostly US titles, for which you only pay $6.99 a month. This is less than the cost of a Vanity Fair magazine in print (which costs around R130 for a backdated issue), and about the sum of two titles on Zinio. For $6.00, you can download and read the likes of Vanity Fair, Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Allure, Redbook and Instyle (all US versions).

On the parenting side, there’s Parents, Family Circle, Today’s Parent, Working Mother and Family Fun.

There’s also Time, The New Yorker, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, Fast Company, Popular Science, Newsweek and Fortune.

In fact, pretty much every genre is covered: from cooking, science and technology to golf, running, gossip and home and decor.

The catch? Absolutely none. You can download as many current titles as you want, and you can also access back copies. You only need the internet to download, but you don’t need it to read your mags. Once they’re downloaded, they don’t disappear when the next issue comes out.

I love that you can bookmark articles into categories – I have loads of recipes and beauty articles “saved”, and I really like how some of the magazines aren’t just PDF versions of the print mags – you can click onto prompts to get more content. Also, the app will also recommend features for you based on your interests and downloads, so that you have a curated page of things that you might love.

If you’re unsure, you can try the app free for 14 days, and the pay from then if you decide to opt in (and I can’t imagine anyone with an interest in reading and anything really wouldn’t choose to opt in). It’s available for Android and iOS.


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  • MeeA

    Oooh! Print magazines are such an indulgence for me – something I rarely treat myself to. This sounds like a fabulous compromise, though, given how much you get for the amount you pay!

    February 14, 2018 at 8:15 am Reply
  • Natalie

    Would love to have this app but I’m unable to download the app on my android device. What device are you using for this app?

    March 15, 2018 at 8:03 am Reply
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