Readly Magazine Subscription App Review

Thousands of magazines all in one place


Do you like reading magazines or newspapers? Most of us will flick through one whilst waiting at the doctor or dentists, but how many of us actually go out and buy one and sit there and read it properly? To be honest, I have no idea, but many do it, and the kids keep pestering us for magazines all the time. But magazines can be expensive, especially in a household of 4, if we all had 1 magazine subscription each, we could be paying up to £20 per month (or more). You can take out subscriptions to your favourite magazines to reduce the cost slightly, but it can still work out quite expensive when subscribing to more than one weekly or monthly title.

What about if I told you that you and up to four other members of your family could read your favourite magazines and newspapers on your phone or tablet for £9.99 per month? This works out at £2.50 per week which in some cases is cheaper than one magazine. We have been trying out Readly, the digital subscription service that offers UNLIMITED, “all-you-can-read” access to thousands of magazines and newspapers (about 7500) in one app, and in 16 local languages.

Readly offers newspapers including The Guardian, The Mirror and The Evening Standard and more, magazines that include Celebrity and Entertainment with titles such as OK!, Closer, Heat and Hello!, Sport magazines featuring Golf Monthly, Horse & Hound, FourFourTwo with plenty more to choose from, Music magazines with Uncut, BEAT and UK Rock & Roll among the selection available, History titles with All About History, Real Crime & The Week to whet your appetite, Gaming with well-known titles such as PC Gamer, Fusion and Edge, Kids featuring National Geographic Kids, Beano and Storytime as part of the popular titles, Crosswords and Sudoku including Criss Cross, Puzzle Life and Killer Sudoku to keep your mind occupied (most of these are interactive, if you open a puzzle and press and hold for a few seconds on where you want to fill in an answer the keyboard will appear and you will then be able to type in the answer), and lots more – in fact, everything from Aeroplanes & Transport to Wedding.

Readly offers:

  • Low cost, unlimited reading – Get unlimited access to 5,000 magazines for one low monthly fee of £9.99
  • Top magazine titles – Magazines from the UK’s major publishers – your favourite titles await
  • Latest & previous issues – We Always have the newest issues and previous issues, just a tap away
  • Offline reading – Download magazines and read them on any device, mobile or tablet
  • Family sharing – Share the account with your family, there are 5 user profiles available
  • No contract, cancel anytime – There’s no obligation or contract, you can cancel at any point

Overall, we are loving the Readly app. With an excellent selection of magazines covering a large variety of subjects and topics there is something of interest to everybody in our household, from History to Tech as well as the newspapers. As we all have different tastes in what we read they can individually be managed from our own profiles. We found the app to be very responsive on our various phones and tablets and fast to access and start reading. With such as large variety of magazines instantly accessible on our phones and tablets we always have something to read no matter where we are.

Readly can be read on a PC, Mac, Chromebook, Android and iOS devices, although we feel that it is best on a large screen phone or tablet, and you are able to increase the size of the font anyway to make reading easier. You can download up to 500 titles for offline reading so you don’t always need to have an internet connection (you can choose not to use mobile data for downloading) and there is no limit to the number of titles that you can read every month. You can also turn on (or off) push notifications and have recommendations or new issue alerts for your favourite magazine.

With 5 user profiles it is perfect for the whole family, and we can each set their own content and parental control can be turned on, so the kids don’t have access to inappropriate content (although each user doesn’t have their own user name and password).

Readly offer a two week free trial period so that you can try it out for yourself and see just how good it is. After this time, you will be charged £9.99 per month but there is no contract to lock you in and you can cancel your membership any time.

If you are looking for an excellent source of magazines and newspapers to read, then Readly is definitely the place to be. The app is fast, responsive and has thousands of easy to find choices with unlimited reading. Grab a subscription for just £9.99 per month or give a loved one a Readly gift card with offer options to suit every budget. 

  • 3 months – £23.97 – now £22.70 (save 5%)
  • 6 months – £47.94 – now £43 (save 10%)
  • Annual – £95.88 – now £81.50 (save 15%)

We love it and it is even encouraging the kids to read more.

If you are looking for last minute Christmas gift then a Readly subscription or gift card would be an ideal option – it’s digital and instant so there is no waiting around for the postie to make a delivery.

Rating: 5/5

For more information or to take out a subscription or buy a gift card, visit

DISCLOSURE: We received this product for free for the purpose of writing an honest and impartial review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.


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