How Can I Get Free Magazines?

Mr. Deb,

I am student from Algeria. I’d like to get some free magazines (in English), to learn English, like “TIME” or “NEWSWEEK”. Please can you tell me how I can.

Thank you seriously.


Dear Student of English,

You already write the language pretty well: better than many Americans, I’m afraid.

That being said, if you want free magazines, there are a number of ways to get them. Some companies don’t ship as readily outside the continental U.S. as others, so I’m not sure what manner of problems you’ll have finding the type of magazine you want. Just to be sure, I’ll give you several ideas about how to get free magazines.

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    Get a Trial Subscription – Visit promotional websites and look for “trial subscriptions” to their magazines. Promotional websites that might offer what you’re looking for include, and Some “free subscription” websites require you register with a credit card. If that’s the case, move on to the next promotional site for magazines. If you don’t want the hassle of unsubscribing to this free promotion or if you fear you’ll have trouble getting out of the promotion, those in America can buy a Visa or Mastercard gift card, sign up for their free subscription using that gift card, use the gift card to buy groceries or gas before the automatic renewal deadline is up, and when they go to charge your credit card, there’s no money for their computer automated scam to take.
  2. Ask Local Businesses For Their Old Magazines – Any business that has a lobby or a break room is likely to have magazines laying out for the customers. These people are eventually going to throw their old magazines in the trash when the new arrivals come. Go into these businesses and ask for their old magazines, telling them you are a student who wants English material to read and have trouble getting a subscription in your home country. You should find someone who’s understanding and who frankly doesn’t want the trouble of throwing out old periodicals, and you can walk away with an armful. They might be a little dated, but I often go back months and read old magazines, if the journalism is good.
  3. Solicit the Company Itself – Email “Time Magazine” or “Newsweek Magazine” itself and ask them for a free complimentary magazine. Explain your situation and tell them you want to read their fine magazine, perfect your English and learn about today’s issues from an American perspective. The editors of either of these magazines might send you a complimentary magazine or two, just for the sake of public relations. Here is the information for both Newsweek and Time.
    • Time Magazine – Email the editors of Time and ask them personally for a free magazine. They probably won’t respond, but you never know. Heck, they might even print your request in the magazine if your story is compelling enough. You can also get a free Time e-newsletter sent to your email address daily. These email alerts, found at, give you the latest breaking important news from the perspective of Time. These free newsletters include daily news, the Top 10 weekly stories, special political news, a look at the week ahead and updates on Time features. Remember to avoid clicking Time Marketplace, which are just email offers for subscriptions and their like.
    • You can read free Time stories from back issues at the Time Magazine online archives at These are the original stories from the magazine itself, including coverage of stories from yesteryear. In fact, you can read Time articles online from publications all the way back to 1923.
    • Newsweek Magazine – International readers can inquire about back issues of Newsweek Magazine by calling 212-445-5811 or emailing Of you can ask for free copies of Newsweek at If that doesn’t work, ask if Newsweek has the kind of free e-newsletter that Time Magazine offers. You might get a gift subscription of free complementary magazine just for asking.

Getting Free Magazines

People in North America have it a lot easier finding free magazines. For instance, most public libraries have subscriptions to the major magazine publications, so you can go to the library, read from the library’s supply of magazines and never have to order your own subscription.

Also, you can see if your workplace has magazines sitting around. If they do, ask if you can collect the old copies of the magazines to take home with you to read. Or you could even write in on contests and other promotions and get your letter to the editor published. These usually come with a free magazine subscription for a year.

I hope you can find one method above that allows you to collect the magazines you wan to learn to read English better.

Good luck.