10 Totally FREE Newsstand Magazines for iPad

Many magazines disguise itself as free on the App Store but ingrained with greedy monthly/yearly subscription fee. Turns out there’s plenty of truly free magazine subscription, using the latter only to deliver you new content; but will NOT charge you a single penny. That’s right, a free magazine subscription!

Note that some of these magazines were not yet optimized for the new iPad’s Retina Display (you’ll notice this right away if the magazines is pixellated and ugly) and some of them are universal (works on both iPhone and iPad). We’re focusing on iPad for now since it’s the best device for reading magazines.

*Precaution: In-app purchases is required to enable automatic downloads. Check the price of any issue, read descriptions carefully and monitor your iTunes account before and after subscribing. You may turn OFF in-app purchasing via Settings > General > Restrictions and download issues manually instead. To turn OFF subscription, simply delete the app from your device. The writer nor iHelpBoard shall be held responsible for any issues that may arise.

The Star Editor’s Choice

Let’s begin with our local made magazine. This one’s from The Star, which offers a handful of news, business, features, sports, and opinions only from columnists. Now, this app isn’t just a bland magazine full of pics and text; it’s completely interactive, plus videos and social sharing that you’ll get on most professional magazine. The content’s pretty good too, but keep in mind that if you want the entire newspapers of The Star, you can buy it here. This app is free, however, so don’t sweat it to subscribe and download the entire catalogs available!

Price: Free subscription + issues
Compatibility: iPad running iOS 4 or later
Consumed space: estimated 115MB/issue

Al Jazeera Magazine

A company best recognized as leading and unbiased news provider amongst Asia and abroad, Al Jazeera delivers its own set of monthly magazines. Showcasing the best of Al Jazeera’s renowned journalism, each section provides insights into human stories; be it in feature-length articles or opinionated approach, all in one interactive graphics that will keep you reading for hours. This magazine has been released since early September so you’ll know its fresh. It’s level of quality and writing makes this mag compelling enough for free subscription.

Price: Free subscription + issues
Compatibility: iPad running iOS 4 or later
Consumed space: estimated 113MB/issue

Endless Vacation

Another great travel magazine done right. It offers plenty of salivating graphics and images that would look great on your iPad’s Retina display. Besides interactivity, the content doesn’t disappoint. Looking for a great place to eat? Where to shop? Where to go? Endless Vacation has it all perfectly tuned for you. It claims to have most content from the print version of the magazine, the difference is that it’s completely free! With videos, photo galleries, panoramas and interactive maps, we highly recommend you to spare some space for this baby.

Price: Free subscription + issues
Compatibility: iPad running iOS 4 or later
Consumed space: estimated 431MB/issue

A Garden Life

This one’s for you nature-lovers. A Garden Life is a magazine choked full of visually engaging articles focused on how to achieve a better life and health, as well as gardening (obviously). Topics covered in each issue includes gardening, food, health, community, architecture and the arts all in a practical, how-to editorial to get you started. It’s like watching Martha Stewart Living, but its an interactive magazine right on your iPad. The level of care on every corner of the content makes it obvious that they put a lot of love into the magazine. And its free!

Price: Free subscription + issues
Compatibility: iPad running iOS 4 or later
Consumed space: estimated 268MB/issue

En Vie

Fashion police, rejoice! Whether you’re a professional fashionista or just a die-hard fashion addicts, this magazine provides plenty (and we mean plenty) of professionally-photographed shots of beautiful models showcasing new trends in fashions and culture, as well as news for cherry on top. This app isn’t interactive however, its solely vector-based images that you can zoom in or out on the content. Packed with bold approach in all things fashion, this app comes with the price of free, even for their back issues! From designer collections reviews and brands to accessories and more, be sure to subscribe En Vie for free!

Price: Free subscription + issues
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 5 or later
Consumed space: estimated 25MB/issue

GameQ by GameFly

Oh yeah, this one’s for gamers! From the same team that brought you GameFly, this awesome mag brings you chocks of interactive video game publication right on your iPad. Whether its skin-deep analysis to stories and interviews, its got it all (except support for Retina display). It’s amazing how they presented news and graphics in a way that you just can’t find on other magazines. Sadly, there isn’t enough content available yet, the latest was released on September 22nd, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting it and consume anytime, anywhere!

Price: Free subscription + issues
Compatibility: iPad running iOS 4.2 or later
Consumed space: estimated 431MB/issue

AUX Magazine

A great mag for music jocks, AUX delivers monthly jumbles of music news and what’s happening right now. Be it exclusive pieces, interviews, videos and spotlights, you’ll get an all-in-one music magazine that’s highly interactive and gorgeously made for iPad. As a music lover myself, I’m actually pretty hooked on this mag with its outstanding brilliance in content delivery. Don’t take my word for it: if you love music, if you care about artist, then you should never think twice and subscribe to AUX for free. Oh, and its universal too.

Price: Free subscription + issues
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 4 or later
Consumed space: estimated 82MB/issue

CORAL Magazine

As the name implies, this one’s for the fish, I mean for lovers of sea creatures. CORAL lets you discover beautiful and colourful shots of the living underneath the ocean, exactly the same as it appears in the print version. Critically claimed to read by over a 100 countries, CORAL is no slouch: it sets to bring issues covering fish species profiles, all things aquarium, tropical travel as well as news, interviews and more. While you can search and share content, the UI looks clunky and intrusive. But hey, nags aside, it’s a great free magazine!

Price: Free subscription + issues
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 4 or later
Consumed space: estimated 128MB/issue

PC Today

Just because it was named after PC doesn’t mean it’s entirely dedicated to Windows PCs; it meant PCs in general – that Mac + PC. Anyway, this magazine isn’t just a typical tech magazine either, its dedicated to business technology for execs and company owners. So, if you work in a company or starting one, you might wanna look into this mag for a complete in-depth analysis of the latest tech, trends, products, services and solutions designed just for businesses. Interactivity level seems pretty basic but its free for life so why not? Oh, you can read in either orientation too.

Price: Free subscription + issues
Compatibility: iPad running iOS 5 or later
Consumed space: estimated 88MB/issue

WebMD the Magazine

Medical professionals and students must have known this name. WebMD magazine provides health-related news ranging from expert analysis of all things medical, nutrition, exercise, fitness, parenting and even skin care solutions; all consolidated in one issue. It’s really well made, complete with enough interactivity and decent content for everyone to consume. Oh, it includes slideshows, videos, and even assessments and quizzes among various related topics! Now supported for the Retina displays on iPad, subscribe it now for free on the App Store.

Price: Free subscription + issues
Compatibility: iPad running iOS 4.2 or later
Consumed space: estimated 113MB/issue

If you’re in a hurry, here’s quick links for the above mags:

  1. The Star Editor’s Choice
  2. Al Jazeera Magazine
  3. Endless Vacation
  4. A Garden Life
  5. En Vie
  6. GameQ by GameFly
  7. AUX Magazine
  8. CORAL Magazine
  9. PC Today
  10. WebMD the Magazine

Not enough? Here’s more free mags we loved that was previously featured here:

  1. Engadget Distro
  2. Fitness First
  3. TRVL
  4. #5 Magazine
  5. AirTran GO

Enjoy!

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3 comments
strangeseraph
strangeseraph

There's one more I'd like to add. The Sims Magazine, for all you Simmers out there.

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