LearnI just subscribed to a print magazine, in an age of RSS

writes on December 7, 2006

I’m definitely an early adopter. I get all my news through my RSS reader, well, almost all my news.

I’ve just subscribed to the print editions of Forbes and Business Week. Why?

I need an editor

I enjoy picking up a magazine and seeing what the editor has chosen to place on the front cover. This is his or her way of saying “This is important. Pay attention.” I like that.

With RSS, all the items have the same importance. There’s no “front cover story”. I know this is very anti-web2, but I don’t care. I think that sometimes you need other experts to decide what’s important, so you can simply absorb.

I need a break from my computer

Another reason why I’ve subscribed to these print magazines is because every once-in-awhile, I need to get away from my Mac. I’m tired of the distraction. Getting cosy with a mocha and a magazine is wonderful!

0 Responses to “I just subscribed to a print magazine, in an age of RSS”

  1. I like your style Ryan. In this digital age it is sometimes all too easy to forget the pleasure of reading away from a computer!

  2. The RSS Feed is the new print magazine.

    I use Newshutch to read my RSS feeds for one purpose only. It prints wonderfully. I fall terribly behind on my feeds during the week, so before I leave for the weekend, I print a 100 page or so “web magazine” from my feeds.

    I read this post under a blanket on a Sunday morning sipping tea while my daughter was watching Dora.

    I beat the system! 🙂

  3. How to get edited RSS feeds

    Step one:
    Convince people you respect to start using Google Reader (http://reader.google.com), which shouldn’t be hard because it rocks.

    Step two:
    Convince them to start clicking the “share” link on the articles they think others, like you, should be made aware of.

    Step three:
    Subscribe to their shared items feeds.

    Step four:
    Wonder why more people don’t know about, and use, the “share” functionality there.

  4. I don’t know if the front cover of a mag necessarily indicates how important the subject is. Often that’s their main marketing method to ensure the magazine sells. The two sometimes overlap, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to confuse them.

    That said, going offline every so often is definitely a good idea. Enjoy yourself.

  5. Forbes and BW are two of my favorites, but I agree with Kris nothing can replace The Economist or the National Geographic.

  6. Yeah, I like the Economist too. It would compliment Buisiness week and the like, IMO. The online edition has some decent background info on stories, which can be helpful. It’s the only print subscription I’ve had for the last few years now…

  7. Ben Williams on December 7, 2006 at 4:32 pm said:

    +1 for the economist- invaluable read and would provide a nice contrast to business week-


  8. One point I got Fortune magazine subscription for – you can’t (easily) read RSS in bath 🙂

  9. for me, apps like tailrank, techmeme give me quite the same feeling of “someone picking the headlines”…these aggregators rate rss-items similar to how an editor-in-chief probably would…

    but I agree, no website, rss-feed, whatever can beat getting “physical” with some piece of paper 😉 I keep subscribed to Wired and the german Financial Times since years… just to have a good read while commuting…

  10. Ryan Carson on December 7, 2006 at 2:44 pm said:

    I really appreciate reading your new blog by the way!

    Thanks 🙂

  11. I totally agree with you! Some things, like picking top stories out, just have to be lent over to people who is doing it for a living.

    I really appreciate reading your new blog by the way!

  12. I know what you mean about needing to get away. I realized the other day that I’m awake 16-17 hours a day, and I usually spend about 14 of those hours (often more) planted in front of a computer. It’s absurd.

  13. Ryan Carson on December 7, 2006 at 2:22 pm said:

    Out of curiousity, where did you get a subscription to Business Week in the UK?

    Just went to their site and clicked the Subscribe link, and then the link that says something like “Subscribers outside of North America.”

  14. Out of curiousity, where did you get a subscription to Business Week in the UK?

  15. Nothing can replace The Economist or the National Geographic.

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