Welcome to How It Works, the magazine that explains everything you never knew you wanted to know about the world we live in. Covering science, technology, history, space, transport and the environment, no subject is too big or small for How It Works to explain.

What you’ll find in every issue:
• Global Eye – the latest news, developments and events from the world of science, technology and space
• Amazing images – each issue is loaded with fantastic cutaways, illustrations and photography
• Features – How It Works’ articles explain the most fascinating subjects and topics in an exciting way that everyone can understand
• Brain Dump – get the answers to all your burning 'how and why' questions answered in our reader Q&A section
• How To – your guide to fun experiments and projects to try out at home

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Back issues, specials, and future issues are available for purchase within the app. Subscriptions are available on 1 month, 6 months and 1 year terms, and auto-renew until you decide to cancel it. You can cancel your subscription at any point.

Individual issues are priced at:
Single issue £3.99 / $3.99 / €4.49

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Prices subject to change - please check inside the app for current pricing.

*** Please Note: Our digital edition is not printable and does not include the covermount items or supplements you would find with the print edition ***

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What's New

Version 5.2.3

• We've rebranded the app with our new logo and updated the messaging system.
• Bookmarking bug fix. Some users reported that bookmarks were flickering which has now been fixed.

Ratings and Reviews


Family sharing

Be aware, my wife bought a subscription to this mag, but despite having family sharing turned on, and it previously being accessible, the app no longer seems to support family sharing.
Very disappointing, I was enjoying the content.

Sheldor The Conqueror

We need to try it out

The problem with many magazine offerings on iOS (and all the other platforms), is that the interface can be tediously slow and the layout, dull and unimaginative. We really require these days to have a sample version to move through and test.

I think I would enjoy a good number of these issues but…
a. I have no idea what is included in each magazine
b. I feel reluctant to pay for a random issue, only to be disappointed by the same old scanned PDF offering all over again (it may be brilliant, but how do I know?).

So, please provide a sample few pages to view and include an index to the subjects covered in the various issues. Thanks.

Oh… and by the way, sure you can orient to landscape mode for a static preview (although it wasn't clearly mentioned), but that is no indication of the interactivity within the magazine itself. Also, the contents page is far too tiny to be legible.

I think this typifies the problem with the thinking surrounding mobile development. These are not magazines, they are something different. Delivering the same content, albeit digital, in the same format is not the answer. Magazines are tactile. It's about the glossy pages and scanning from one page to the next. It's not possible to do that on a tablet without panning, swiping and zooming. It's a lot of work for not much reward. You have all this extra power at your disposal, so use it. Make the page dance.

Nuff said.


Not great

Update: There have been no noticeable improvements with the latest app. Navigation, zooming in, and reading are all still a rotten experience on the iPhone.

Original review:
I bought this via the new Newsstand app on the iPhone. I knew the actual magazine was an in-app purchase - that was obvious and I can't believe people thought they would get a regular magazine for free.

With regards to the way the magazine is presented, I am quite disappointed. It's just a series of images of the individual pages. Therefore zooming in on an article doesn't focus in on the text like zooming does in Safari. You have to pinch and move the article to get it into place. General navigation throughout the magazine is also rather poor because of this. I probably won't buy any other magazines from Newsstand if they all work this way. I guess it may look better on the iPad.

With regards to the actual content of the magazine, it appears the target market is A-level science students: good introductory explanations that could entice you to explore further. I'm hoping to see New Scientist in the store soon - but I'll only buy if the articles are presented in a way that's suitable for viewing on an iPhone.


Imagine Publishing
66.3 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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