Readly offer - why promote this when similar is available free?

iancarbarns
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edited 1 March 2023 at 3:02PM in Praise, vent & warnings
MSE is again promoting Readly at £10/month after a 3-month free introductory period.
But most public libraries offer FREE forever membership of the very similar PressReader service which covers even more newspapers and magazines, as well as other sites for free book and audiobook loans (eg Libby, BorrowBox).
Please MSE, these alternatives should be prominently mentioned, rather than promoting Readly at £120/year

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  • sarah1972
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    MSE is again promoting Readly at £10/month after a 3-month free introductory period.
    But most public libraries offer FREE forever membership of the very similar PressReader service which covers even more newspapers and magazines, as well as other sites for free book and audiobook loans (eg Libby, BorrowBox).
    Please MSE, these alternatives should be prominently mentioned, rather than promoting Readly at £120/year
    Pmd the team to move as it’s not a grabbit post 
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  • I don't particularly like the term "MSE Blagged" because this phrase comes with associations of a recommendation from MSE and the definition of blagged is that you persuaded the company to make this offer to you.

    To say "Readily is offering a special deal to 1000 MSE members" is perhaps more accurate. And I guess this is what actually happens. 

    Remember that some members will have very stressful lives and may forget to cancel the subscription and then lose money by accident.

    My thoughts. 
  • sarah1972 said:
    MSE is again promoting Readly at £10/month after a 3-month free introductory period.
    But most public libraries offer FREE forever membership of the very similar PressReader service which covers even more newspapers and magazines, as well as other sites for free book and audiobook loans (eg Libby, BorrowBox).
    Please MSE, these alternatives should be prominently mentioned, rather than promoting Readly at £120/year
    Pmd the team to move as it’s not a grabbit post 

    I meant it as a "Don't Grabbit" as it's not a good deal.
  • sarah1972
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    sarah1972 said:
    MSE is again promoting Readly at £10/month after a 3-month free introductory period.
    But most public libraries offer FREE forever membership of the very similar PressReader service which covers even more newspapers and magazines, as well as other sites for free book and audiobook loans (eg Libby, BorrowBox).
    Please MSE, these alternatives should be prominently mentioned, rather than promoting Readly at £120/year
    Pmd the team to move as it’s not a grabbit post 

    I meant it as a "Don't Grabbit" as it's not a good deal.
    No problem, the team will move to an appropriate board 
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  • powerful_Rogue
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    I don't particularly like the term "MSE Blagged" because this phrase comes with associations of a recommendation from MSE and the definition of blagged is that you persuaded the company to make this offer to you.

    To say "Readily is offering a special deal to 1000 MSE members" is perhaps more accurate. And I guess this is what actually happens. 

    Remember that some members will have very stressful lives and may forget to cancel the subscription and then lose money by accident.

    My thoughts. 
    I don't think there should be a race to bottom, dumbing everything down just because some people can't/won't set reminders to cancel subscriptions.

  • Murphybear
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    Sadly the libraries in my county don’t have this.  I have Readly and look at it regularly. I took it out when I retired as I had plenty of time for reading.  I particularly like the cookery/recipe magazines such as Good Food.  There are some brilliant history magazines as well.  I definitely get my money’s worth especially as I pay £7.99 a month not £10.  I have been paying this amount since at least 2017, it hasn’t increased in price since then  :)
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