TORONTO - Rogers is launching a digital all-you-can-read subscription service for magazines.
Next Issue Canada will allow subscribers to pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to new and old issues of more than 100 top magazines through a tablet app, including Chatelaine, Esquire, FLARE, GQ, Maclean's, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Sportsnet, TIME, Vanity Fair and Vogue.
It's $9.99 a month for access to monthly magazines, and an additional $5 a month to also get weekly magazines. The service will be available starting Oct. 15 to Rogers wireless and cable customers, who will get a two-month free trial. On Dec. 15, Next Issue Canada will become available to all Canadians with the first month free.
A French version of the tablet app will not be available until next year.
Next Issue Canada will be competing with a very similar free alternative offered by many libraries in cities across Canada —including Edmonton, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and in Quebec — that is run by the digital magazine company Zinio.