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Zinio and the Z-Pass: Your Favorite Magazines for Less

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While I love to read, especially magazines, I do not particularly care to mail order all of my favorite magazines for several reasons.  First of all, despite plenty of opportunities to find them for free, it can still get quite expensive if you have several favorites as I do.  Secondly, trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle and ordering tons of paper magazines do not exactly go hand in hand.  Plus, at some point you need to get rid of those magazines or else you will have piles of glossy paper all over the place!  So when Zinio offered me the chance to review their new Z-Pass, I jumped on it!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Zinio, it is basically the worlds largest online newsstand with top rated apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows phone, Mac & PC.  Choose from thousands of popular magazines across every category and topic including art, automotive, style, home, travel, entertainment, politics, women’s interests, men’s interests, food and many more.

Subscription lengths vary depending on the magazine, and the majority also offer you the option to purchase the current issue only.  When you enroll in Zinio and download the app for your device, your selected magazines are delivered directly into your library. You then have the option to access it directly online or download the entire magazine to read later offline.  You have the ability to sync your library across multiple devices so you can read your favorite magazine wherever you may be. I have mine synced between my computer, my phone and my e-reader.  Plus with Zinio, you can search digital magazine archives, access thousands of free articles and even share your favorite articles with friends on Facebook and other social networks.  You can also find a fair amount of free magazines across several areas of interest.

The newest thing to come to Zinio is the addition of the Z-Pass.   With the Z-pass you choose 3 subscriptions from hundreds of popular magazines and pay only $5 a month.  You have the ability to swap your Z-Pass subscriptions up to 3 times a month or to add extras for an additional $1.50 a month.  This not only allows to you to discover new magazines and broaden your reading horizon, but if you get one you do not like, you can easily swap it out at no extra charge!   And if you are not sure this is the best option for you, the first month is free so you can try it before you buy it.

The only possible drawback to the Z-Pass that I can see is that in some cases, depending on the magazine, it may turn out to be cheaper to just purchase the full subscription, so be sure to do the math.  While you may not be able to select your 3 subscriptions from the full selection of magazines available on Zinio, you do get to choose from a large selection of hundreds of the most popular magazines.  I was able to find all of my favorites in the list so that was no issue for me.

I have been using Zinio and the Z-Pass for several weeks now, and I enjoy being able to read my favorite magazines where ever I am at the touch of a button.  I don’t have to worry about carrying a magazine with me, nor do I have to constantly check my mailbox waiting for my next issue to arrive since with Zinio it appears in my library as soon as it is released.  Using the Z-Pass I have been able to discover some new magazines that caught my interest, and exchange ones I did not like for free.   Although I still prefer to get one or two of my magazines in print for the coupons, overall I do prefer the convenience and ease of the digital option.

To sign up for Zinio and the Z-Pass, simply visit to register as a new user, and follow the instructions.  It is quick and simple, and you will be reading your favorite magazine within minutes!

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