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Reader's Digest

4.4 out of 5 stars 756 customer reviews

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Subscription Length: 1 year

Discover thousands of tips in health, family, home, money and more for living a richer, more satisfying life. It’s everything you need, in one easy read!

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Subscription Length: 1 year
  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00007B10Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (756 customer reviews)
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490 of 517 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many ads, not enough substance October 10, 2007
By Ellie Z
Subscription Term Name:1 year
This publication isn't what it used to be. I am 32 years old and for my entire (yes entire) life my family has subscribed to the Reader's Digest. It is the perfect ahem... restroom reading material because it contains short, well written stories that are either amusing, thought provoking, heart warming (or a combination of all three).

Now, every other page - literally - is an advertisement for a pharmaceutical product of some kind. The first thing I do when I receive my monthly copy is I rip out the ads. In doing so I'm usually left with LESS THAN HALF of the pages I started with. I feel like I'm paying for a monthly subscription to pharmaceutical ads. "Now, That's Outrageous!"

I'm so sad and disappointed. I won't be renewing my subscription next year and I feel like I've lost a lifelong friend. I hope my review helps you in your decision.
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186 of 193 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of ads, then they spam you March 18, 2008
By Hoq
Subscription Term Name:1 year
RD does have some interesting consumer & finance articles, but it has waa-a-a-y too many ads. I would never actually pay for it, but I do get a subscription as a gift every year. I end up ripping half the magazine's weight out in ads - and no, that's not "just life" as some other reviewer said, it's downright shameful.

Also, make sure you get on the RD website and change your privacy preferences; like other second-rate companies who like to abuse customers, they implicitly assume you want to be spammed by them and have them rent your information out to third parties.
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151 of 157 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Readers Digest Changes the Terms September 26, 2011
Subscription Term Name:2 years|Verified Purchase
I bought this subscription to Readers Digest here at Amazon in January 2011 and didn't receive mt first issue until March 2011. Started getting renewal letters in with my magazine about 2 months ago and got to wondering when my subscription was ending? I looked here at Amazon and it says March 2013 which is correct then I looked at the label on my magazine and it says November 2012. What's going on here that is a 4 month difference in what I paid for and what I am actually receiving. So I contacted Amazon about this and they promptly shuffled me off to Readers Digest (Thanks Amazon)who gave me a song and dance story about how the May issue was a special issue and it was so much bigger that it counted as 2 issues. Well I pulled out my May issue and it has about 10 extra pages compared to the other issues. so shame on you Readers Digest for trying to rip off consumers and an even bigger shame on you Amazon for not standing behind what you are selling.
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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Readers Digest Ripoff May 31, 2012
By Larry
Subscription Term Name:2 years|Verified Purchase
Love the mag, hate the company. Ordered 2 yr subscription thru Amazon. The subscription should
end Feb 2013. RD had it ending in Nov 2012. Emailed Amazon, told them of the problem, and after
several tries, they go it fixed.

Several months ago I noticed the expir date had mysteriously "slipped" to Jan 2013, from Feb 2013
I contacted Amazon yet again, and once again Amazon got it fixed. I fully expect that one or two
of the remaining issues will get "lost" in the mail.

Moral of the story: If you subscribe to Reader's Digest WATCH THEM VERY VERY CLOSELY. And,
Amazon was great in helping out.

More? Ordered a RD subscription myself and one for a friend. At year end I noticed I had paid
for 3, not 2, subscriptions. Never got a satisfactory answer from RD. This was several years ago.

Another one? When my mother passed away I had RD sent to me for the remainder of the sub.
When it expired RD started sending renewal notices. Having dealt with them before I just filed each one.

After a few renewal notices, they changed into what looked like a bill. Then this "non-bill" morphed
into a bill, the came the demand for payment on this "bill". That was followed by a threat to turn
her over for collection. One letter to them informing them of their ethics problem stopped the "collection".

Go on the web and key in "Readers Digest Complaints" and see what pops up. It'll be a ton of them.
After doing just that I learned that RD apparently cut EVERYONE's subscription expiration date by
a month after printing a double issue. Of course, when they do a "double issue" they don't do an
issue for the next month.
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162 of 170 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:1 year
First off, I agree with what others have said about too many ads. That's partly what is keeping me from renewing it.

Overall..if it weren't for the ads, I would continue to enjoy this magazine because I love the humor, easy reading stories, information, etc.

However...when my subscription ends they keep calling and calling and CALLING me about renewing. Or saying "We hope you are enjoying your subscription to Readers Digest"..(when I'm not subscribed anymore). I tell them no, I'm not going to renew..the next day I come home with three calls on my answering machine from them. This is not a one time occurrence either.

The magazine itself is good. However I think they should either lower the price or drop some of the ads.
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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you ready to pay for reading ads? May 3, 2010
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
I'm echoing the same sentiment as expressed by other users.
If you are planning to subscribe it, because you liked it during your childhood/Teens - get ready for big disappointment. The once great RD seems to be taken over by the marketing department, who believes that less content and more ads will help them boost sales.
"Goose and Golden Eggs" story fits very well here.

Problems with ads:
1. TOO many ads (ya, it needed caps).
2. Too few good articles.
3. Too read a full article, you have to skip multiple ad pages - breaks the flow (besides being annoyance).
4. First 10-12 pages are just adds.
5. More than 50% of the book is made up of ads.

Of course, I was disgusted with the marketing material and didn't care to renew the subscription. No wonder, they filed for bankruptcy.
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I can remember seeing Reader's Digest around when I was a kid. I thought I would give it a try when Amazon had a sale and I am so glad I did! Read more
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