maghoundI might be a blogger, but I still love magazines. A little while ago we gave away subscriptions to MAGHOUND, a new service that can best be described as Netflix for Magazines. For a monthly fee as low as $4.95, you can get 3 magazines delivered to your mail box. But what makes MAGHOUND special is the fact that each month you can switch around which 3 magazines you receive. So if you’re someone who doesn’t like the idea of 12 month magazine subscription commitments, and you appreciate having variety, MAGHOUND is for you. Alternatively for $7.95  month you can receive 5 magazines or 7 for $9.95 a month.
how_tier_pricing_boxWhen you price out the MAGHOUND base plan of $4.95 for 3 magazines, that totals to about $60 at the end of the year, which is about the same as 3 average magazine subscriptions. So you can’t quite say that MAGHOUND’s pricing is cheap, but it’s definitely reasonable. Mostly what this service is offering you is choice and convenience.

When you log in to your account you are offered a selection of magazines to choose from. The membership section also breaks down all of your magazine choices by month. An approximate delivery date is also displayed so you can get a feeling for when the magazine will arrive.I first signed up of the service in late August and it took about 4 weeks for my first two magazines to arrive. My third magazine didn’t arrive for almost two months, but it was National Geographic traveler which ended up being a bi-monthly magazine. However I could have opted to substitute with another magazine during the first month.maghound1

Overall, I’m enjoying the MAGHOUND service very much, it’s a good value and the system is very easy to use. And I think it will allow people the opportunity to try out magazines that they ordinarily wouldn’t have. I also think that MAGHOUND has the potential to breathe some new life in to the ailing magazine industry by allowing people to break free from subscriptions. My only complaint is that while the selection is pretty robust, there are a couple of my favorite reads that still aren’t offered in their catalog. However, MAGHOUND says that they’re continuously working on expanding their selection of magazines. It’s also worth mentioning that MAGHOUND is currently offering a great sweepstakes where folks can win a trip to New York and a $1,500 shopping spree.

The Good:

Hassle free system, get to experience a variety of different magazines, say goodbye to 12 month Magazine subscriptions

The Bad:
Would like to see an even bigger selection of magazines

Update March 9th, 2010: Maghound has just added 18 prominent new titles to its catalogue:

Conde Nast Traveler
Teen Vogue
W Magazine
Bon Appetit
Architectural Digest
US Weekly
Rolling Stone
Men’s Journal
Men’s Fitness

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