The electronic subscription options are totally unsatisfactory. I live in South Africa and found the paper sub which I've had for many years had become too expensive. My requirements are :
a. Must be able to read on Windows and Android.
b. Strongly prefer to be able to read offline.
c. A decent reader app, i.e. not reading in a browser.
The options are :
a. Apple app store : I didn't consider this because I refuse to install Apple apps on my machines due to their invasive nature and tendency to want to take over everything; and the difficulty of really getting rid of them once they are on the machine.
b. Google Play : sorry this magazine is not available on Google play in your country.
c. Kindle : This magazine is only available for an actual Kindle, you can't use the Kindle app on a PC or Android machine.
d. Nook : I didn't investigate this one in detail.
e. Zinio : in the end I went for Zinio; this means I can only read in my browser, which is far from ideal (can't read offline and lacks basic facilities such as remembering my place). Also LXF doesn't know I have the sub, so I can't get at the subscribers' area or DVD and I still get regular emails asking me to subscribe.
All in all, an unsatisfactory experience. Of course, if my main reading machine had been running Linux, the only option would have been to read in a browser which is pathetic. I realise that this is not the fault of the people at LXF, but rather the publishers, but they really need to get their heads out of the sand and realise that there is a difference between LXF readers and crafters/gardeners/etc.