How to read magazines online for free

The days of religiously picking up your monthly magazines from the newsagent may have gone the way of the dodo, but you can still get your mag fix online. Check out these sites for reading magazines in digital form.

The physical newsagent is a rarity these days. If you can find one, their selection of titles is often a fraction of what it used to be and that’s before getting the exorbitant cost of physical magazines today.

Like it has changed many aspects of our lives, the internet has also changed the way we consume media. You’re reading this story on the internet right now, for example.

But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite magazines entirely, as most of them now publish in digital form, as well as physical.

And best of all, there are a number of sites out there that can give you access to hundreds of different magazines, many of them for free.


Magzter is a versatile platform offering a wide range of magazines across various genres. It caters to both free and premium content seekers, providing an extensive collection of magazines without any cost.

The website’s intuitive interface and diverse selection make it a popular choice for readers looking for magazine content across virtually any subject.


Issuu is a digital publishing platform that hosts an extensive library of magazines, scientific periodicals, and publications. Many magazines are available for free. Issuu is renowned for its high-quality content and immersive reading experience.

It’s a bit of a favourite among niche independent publishers and readers seeking unique and diverse magazines, so if you can’t find a particular title elsewhere, check Issuu.


Zinio offers a rich collection of digital magazines that cover various interests, from lifestyle and fashion to technology and travel.

While Zinio primarily focuses on premium content, it also provides a selection of free magazines. Users can enjoy high-resolution images and interactive features, enhancing the overall reading experience.

Open Library

For something a bit different, there’s Open Library, a non-profit digital library that gives access to millions of books and periodicals, including many popular magazines.

The site is more heavily skewed towards books, and magazine selection may be more limited compared to more specialised platforms. Still, Open Library is a valuable resource for exploring classic or historical magazines.


FlipHTML5 is a platform that allows users to create and explore interactive digital publications, including magazines. FlipHTML5 offers a selection of free magazines with enhanced multimedia elements you can’t get in a physical magazine.

It’s an excellent choice for readers looking for visually appealing and interactive magazine experiences online.

These websites cater to a diverse range of interests and preferences, ensuring readers can find magazines covering everything from art and culture to science and lifestyle, often for free.

Do you know of any other websites where you can read magazines? Have you used any of these sites before? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Brad Lockyer
Brad Lockyer
Brad has deep knowledge of retirement income, including Age Pension and other government entitlements, as well as health, money and lifestyle issues facing older Australians. Keen interests in current affairs, politics, sport and entertainment. Digital media professional with more than 10 years experience in the industry.


  1. Most local libraries have an e-magazine section. Initially have to become a member of the library, takes about 5 minutes.. Depending on the size of the Home library will depend on the variety of magazines available. Also most libraries with access to computers for the public have one or two genealogical sites for free. Libraries are a valuable source of information in all kinds of media and worth a look.

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