i want my click / ladybug / babybug magazine!

while in the states
since my oldest
— who should be a snaggle-toothed 6 in a few days —
could turn a page in a book
i’ve subscribed to magazines from the cricket magazine group.
first it was babybug, then ladybug and then click.
babybug magazine

as a parent,
i loved reading them to my children.
my children would read them over and over again.
now that we’re overseas
— and you can bet that i brought some babybugs and clicks with me —
click magazine
in order to get these magazines
we’d have to pay an additional $15 per subscription per year
and wait an additional who-knows-how-many-days for them to
finally get here.
not having access to a english library here
makes magazines like these even more dear to us.

as a child,
i used to LOVE highlights.
highlights magazine
i don’t think my mom ever bought me a subscription,
but i remember them making doctors and dentists visits more bearable.
now they have a magazine called high five
for the 2-6 age group.
high five highlights magazine
as an expatriate, my kids are just out of luck.
they don’t ship internationally.

it’s the digital age!
highlights, cricket magazine group
and all those other children’s magazines publishers
need to get with it!
i subscribe to one of my favorite magazines,
dwell, digitally through zinio
(zinio has all kinds of magazines
from cosmopolitan and businessweek to popular mechanics).

many of these children’s magazines
have sample pages in digital or pdf format.
cricket magazine publishes it catalog in this manner,
so why not the magazine itself!?!

join me in emailing your favorite children’s magazine
in requesting that they publish their magazine
so that they are readily available worldwide.

contact highlights customer service by filling out this form.
you can email click magazine group AKA carus publishing here:
busdev [at] caruspub [dot] com
or here: customerservice [at] caruspub [dot] com

here’s some text to copy and paste to boot:

many families would love to see your magazines available in PDF or digital magazine format.
your current environmentally-conscious subscribers,
english-speaking expatriates abroad,
and ESL teachers worldwide
would be ecstatic at this option as well.
could you tell me if your magazine is considering publishing its excellent content
so that it is readily available to a more diverse customer-base?

thanks for your help!

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3 thoughts on “i want my click / ladybug / babybug magazine!

  1. I know this isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, but coverleaf.com also let’s you access digital issues of magazines you have print subscriptions for. They don’t have click/ladybug/highlghts, but they have Family Fun, which is not bad.

  2. i actually got a response from the folks at highlights:

    Thank you for your note asking about our intentions to create digital magazines. It certainly is a topic we are interested in and find ourselves looking at as we explore the best ways to reach our customers in the digital age. Your note is a vote of confidence that there is interest in a digital Highlights. While we continue to consider this option, and will surely do so some day, we do not yet have a digital magazine or e-pub. However, if you are interested in finding Highlights content online, there are a couple of options. EBSCO and Proquest have digital scans of Highlights magazine in their databases. You might be able to access either of these through your local library.

    Also, you will find a lot of content at http://www.HighlightsKids.com. While we do not create a PDF version of each issue, we do create special features just for the Web. And we have a number of stories, crafts, science experiments, etc. from previous issues of Highlights available.

    Again, I thank you for your interest, and your vote of confidence in a digital Highlights. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy all of the great content on HighlightsKids.com.

    Sincerely,
    George

    George Brown
    Manager of Asset Services
    Highlights for Children

  3. The Cricket Magazine Group has also been considering digital downloads of our magazines for this digital age. Currently, we don’t have the technology to support this, but hope to have this feature available sometime next year. In the meantime, we do have samplers in catalog style of each of our magazines. We also have kids sites filled with content from the magazines, as well as bonus content, games, forums, etc. You can also find digital screens of many of our magazines on EBSCO. We are listening and appreciate your feedback.

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