Just thought I'd say hello and add some comments as the publisher of EOS magazine.
Our iOS app gives you unlimited access to all content therein for the duration of your subscription. Tom Reichner is spot-on with his comparison to Netflix. Whilst this might seem as money-grabbing, there's much more at play than a simple 'give us your money or we'll take your mags away'.
The EOS magazine apps (iOS, Android and Kindle) contain issues from 2008 onwards, giving you 30 issues for a fairly nominal annual subscription. Accessing the full content in this way has its benefits – you get access to the powerful search tool, you can find relevant information in older issues and get to read new issues as they're published. It is pretty good value as you're getting rather a lot of information for less than £20/$30 a year. A print subscription is £21.95 a year (UK) for four issues.
When the app was built for us, we bought an off-the-shelf version, which is maintained by our supplier (meaning your response from the Support Desk wasn't from the magazine team itself). We're a small independent publisher – customisation wasn't an option. That's why, by having the extra content in there, we felt that the trade-off was acceptable.
Our app has just been upgraded to allow for single issue purchases – at £5.99 a time. With this method once you purchase an issue, it remains yours forever.
Here at EOS magazine we're still passionate about print. In fact our preferred – and most popular – subscription type is the print+digital bundle. With the arrival of the new app, this also now includes full app access, meaning you can enjoy the magazine in its printed glory every quarter, delve into the digital library on your computer (and download PDFs for offline reading) and also access the app on-the-go.
Replicating the old-style publishing subscription model in this digital era is not an easy task – I hope the explanation above goes some way towards acknowledging this. Our ultimate goal is to bring EOS magazine to more Canon EOS photographers and helping them learn and grow, using the tools made available to us.
Perhaps the shackles are in fact more on the publisher than the reader after all...
I hope that your experience hasn't put you off EOS magazine and we look forward to welcoming you back as a subscriber, whether it's print, digital or app.