Gizmodo points out a drawback of subscribing to magazines through the Kindle: when you cancel your subscription, you lose not only future issues of the magazine, but the previous issues you already paid for as well. Furthermore, you can’t transfer old issues to a new device if you’re switching over.
This seems to be a rather serious flaw in the subscription method. It would be one thing if a subscription essentially gave you access to all issues, past and present, so that if you were to resubscribe you’d be able to read everything once more. That seems like a more logical way to handle magazine subscriptions for an electronic device—similar to the way that electronic journal and magazine archive subscriptions are handled for libraries. But this system seems to include the worst of both worlds: you only get the issues that come out while you’re subscribing, but still lose everything when you stop.
Editor’s note: see clarification of the issue in the comments below. PB