All you can read Japanese magazines

Rakuten just announced an all-you-can-read book and magazine service. The space is heating up in Japan, where three services now compete — Kindle Unlimited (¥980/mo), Rakuten(¥380/mo), and NTT Docomo’s dMagazine (¥400/mo).

I’m intrigued by Kindle Unlimited but worry that I’ll start snacking on books and never finish anything… an existing behavior with books that I buy one by one.

Japanese magazines would be an interesting addition to my reading mix though, and after seeing a comparison of the magazine publications available from each one, I decided to give dMagazine a whirl.

The image above is the iPad app homepage, and basically looks like you walked into a conbini… for better or for worse!

You can flip through entire magazines like this: dmag2

These hand-selected features are pretty cool, where you can read articles from different magazines about featured topics. I’m looking forward to being more in touch with what the Japanese mass media is covering.

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The first month is free.