For years, many readers of Sky & Telescope have clamored for a digital edition that can be read on computers and hand-held devices. Some want it to save paper, some want it so that they can read S&T while traveling, even if they forgot to bring their paper copy. And international readers in particular want it for cheap, fast, and reliable delivery — something that's getting ever harder to achieve with conventional magazines as countries worldwide scale back their postal services.
S&T's digital edition was introduced quietly, on an experimental basis, early in 2010. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, so the digital edition was launched for real a few months ago. But many readers are still unaware of it, which is why I'm writing this blog.
Digital subscriptions cost $29.95 per year, compared to $37.95 for a paper subscription in the U.S. — or much more for overseas subscribers. And people who already subscribe in print can get the digital version too for just $0.99 per issue. (For those who like to compare apples to apples, that's $11.88 per year).
NOTE: As of March 2012, subscribers to the print magazine receive complementary digital subscriptions for free.