Little value for high price. I wanted an all access service to popular American magazines, plus a few niche, to replace Texture, now Apple news. Readly costs 11.99/mo, more than Texture, and offers a fraction of quality publications. Ninety percent of the magazines are British, including fashion magazines like Bazaar, Marie Claire and Vogue. Popular mags like In Style, Glamour, Allure, Bon Jour, Vegetarian Times, Better Homes & Gardens, and Family Circle are NOT even listed! Oh, but they offer a watered down version of Playboy. Readly is heavy on British tabloids, guns and hunting, British cooking and health mags, and tech mags. The only pro was the random, niche special interest issues on things like music, crime, history, and specific technology like iPads.
There is such a plethora of magazines on here that you won’t know where to begin.
This is still the best magazine app around, but with the last update, we’ve lost the ability to use two fingers on a cover and enlarge it. This was a useful feature to read teaser text on a cover and see if there were articles one might want to read, especially with magazines that are not marked as favorites. In a sense, it was a “discovery” feature. It’s a shame that an ability was taken away in the process of giving us UI changes. The UI was already solid.
The service is ok. Comparable to Texture which Apple killed. But I was billed $11.99 for my first month after the trial. Their website says $9.99 per month. Is the increase due to Apple’s percentage they take?
I’m giving the app 1 star because they are not responding in a timely manner to my repeated attempts to reach them to request they cancel my trial subscription before I start getting charged for a regular month that I don’t want.
The cancel button was to supposed to appear in my account settings. The button was not there.
They offer a free subscription but when it’s time to cancel, the cancellation button is nowhere to be found.
From my experience Readly does not provide customer service. Here’s my experience. On Sunday May 26, I downloaded Readly app from Apple App Store and signed up for $.99 for 1 month. Apple confirmed my subscription and billed me. On Tuesday May 28, I was no longer able to access magazines, I sent email to Readly customer support, no response as yet. On Friday May, I emailed Readly Customer Support again, no response as yet. I have deleted the Readly app ad cancelled the auto renewal subscription. They do not deserve even one star!
The app gets offered, we sign up for it and we get charged. Then it tells us it’s not available in my country but it keeps charging us for it. Nice scam.
If you miss Texture and the look/feel of “real” magazines it provided, Readly is close to an ideal replacement. While it doesn’t offer Condé Nast or former Time, Inc. titles (with the exception of Fortune), the selection of magazines is definitely wide enough to justify a subscription.