When You Cancel Your Magazine Subscription on Your Kindle, Your Back Issues Disappear Too

From Gizmodo:

Consider this to be your dismaying PSA of the day: Apparently, if you’re a Kindle owner with a magazine subscription, and you decide to stop subscribing, the back issues you previously downloaded are also lost—for good.

That’s right—there is no way to retrieve what you already paid for and supposedly, already own. To top it all off, there is also no existing way to transfer old issues of your subscription to a new device before you cancel.


  1. Thanks for the heads up. If I ever buy an e-reader, I know which one I WON’T be buying. Sounds like the makings of a class-action lawsuit to me.

    1. I think they pretty much admit in the user license that you’re basically just renting whatever you pay for on the Kindle. Remember they removed 1984 from everybody’s kindle without consent over some publisher squabble a while back?

      I think I’ll stick with paper for a little longer.

      1. Paper works for me too. Unlike an e-reader, books are recyclable, and don’t need batteries. And in the case of libraries, the subscription cost is free – back issues included!

  2. Seems everything is going this way. It’s the ‘big brother’ syndrome….if you aren’t funneling money to these companies, then you aren’t worth anything. I wouldn’t buy one of these things….no way. Not until the companies start producing a product that’s worth the money I use to pay for it.

    1. It’s the new business model : you don’t own the content you’re paying for, the company that produced it does. You stop paying for it, they take it back.

      Is it bullshit? Definately. Is it the way the market has been/is turning? Yup. Will I continue to buy actual dead tree copy of everything and shun electronic media? Without a doubt.

  3. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: DRM continues to run amok.

    DRM hasn’t put a dent in piracy, but it continues to dick with the consumers who legitimately purchase works and then get shafted.

  4. “if this is true”??? From the moment I learned the technical specs for the iphone and subsequently the ipad, I instantly recognized that the days of DRM were long over. Instead, Apple and now pretty much everyone else have created devices that can deliver rich media all locked up in a box you have no access to. You have NO control over their product. Jailbreaking wont help – they will just keep obsoleting codecs and rendering tools so you have to keep buying the same shit over and over again. Have fun paying the same price for nothing as I do for that fine paperback in my glove box.

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