I LOVE Zinio.
I HATE Zinio.
May I explain?
I have used Zinio for years, and subscribed to Rolling Stone also, as well as Popular Photography, Digital Camera, and Popular Mechanics. I thought that they were all totally reasonable in terms of price. Loved it. Loved it on my PC, iPad, Android tablets, everything. A 5-hour flight was bliss, with Zinio and all those magazines.
But, the Zino app for our Windows 8 - meaning our Surfaces - is not in the same league as the one for iOS or Android. It's so bad, someone should go to jail.
First, you can download every magazine you subscribe to. And read them....but not like you read them on iPads and Android devices. Because there's no 'pinch to zoom' function. Instead, there's a '+' sign - which magnifies it to a level Zinio chooses...not you. It's like it was designed to be on an old PC, not a touch-capable device.
Also, MAN do they pepper you with ads for magazines you don't want. But hey, in today's culture, ads are everywhere, so that's understood.
BUT - as for your magazines? The ones you actually paid for? You'd better read them during the same session in which you downloaded them. Because....
When you actually get on the plane, crank it up, and go to Zinio, and you will find a message saying' You can't read this until you've downloaded it.'
And then, 'and you can't download it because you have no internet access.'
So, on a flight, you have ZERO magazines to read.
I can't tell you how bad this is. So bad, I rely on my Galaxy Note 2 to use Zinio.
This is not a Surface Problem - it's Zinio, rushing out a quick, dirty and worthless version of the software, which only works reliably if you're on WiFi. Oh, and then, of course, Zinio brags about how they're Win8 compatible.
The good news is, if you already have Zinio subscriptions, it won't cost you anything extra to try it on the Surface. But if you want to use it w/o wifi? Have a backup plan...because it will fail you every time.