According to a recent Radio 4 programme - I forget which because I was actually writing a magazine article at the time - it was reported that there has been a major shift, in the 20 to 40 year old demographic, away from electronic versions of papers and magazines and towards print on paper as their preferred medium.
Of course, those of us in a more senior demographic never embraced digital editions anyway. We grew up with proper magazines, get annoyed when every publication and broadcast tells us that more information can 'be found on your tablet', (The only information on my tablet says Perindopril 2mg)and we actually enjoy the tactile and olfactory experience of opening a new issue with eager anticipation of the pleasures inside.
Compared with other forms of entertainment, a magazine offers many hours of enjoyment per £ of cost. A movie or theatre visit lasts a couple of hours, a Caffe Nero regular Americano lasts about 20 minutes and, although I am not a hoarder I have just found one monthly magazine dated September 1974 when it was priced at 20p.
The magazines pictured above have all passed through my hands at some time over the last couple of months. Because I have a low threshold of boredom and a vast veneer of general knowledge my interests change and evolve [I am, after all, an Aquarian] so a similar picture taken at this time last year would have been vastly different as, I expect, will be another version by Christmas. That is why I never, ever, subscribe to 'save 35%'. If the publisher is that desperate for my hard earned loot up front, then I don't rate the chances of survival for the duration of the sub.
Of course I would say that wouldn't I, because I have been a magazine editor, photographer and columnist at various times over a long, varied and enjoyable collection of professions and careers.
Remember, you don't need a battery, recharger or internet connection to enjoy a printed magazine. If pushed I could probably find a copy of The Strand Magazine from 1814. How would you rate the chances of finding a digital version of today's magazines a couple of hundred years down the line? And, in any case, would there be anything to read it on?