Welcome to How It Works, the magazine that explains everything you never knew you wanted to know about the world we live in. Loaded with fully illustrated guides and expert knowledge, and with sections dedicated to science, technology, transportation, space, history 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
• Features – Covering science, technology, history, environment, transport and space –
How It Works’ features explain the most fascinating subjects and topics in a fun and exciting way that everyone can understand
• Brain Dump – Q&A section that offers readers the chance to have all of their burning ‘how and why’ questions answered
• Reviews – group tests featuring all of the latest gadgets

This is a magazine app that requires you to purchase single issues or a subscription to access content once you have downloaded the app

Back issues and future issues are available for purchase within the App.

Future issues are also available through the following auto-renewing subscription deals:

• 13 issues (365 days) at £24.99 / $32.99
• 6 issues (180 days) at £14.99 / $19.99
• 1 issue (30 days) at £2.29 / $2.99

=== Terms and Conditions of Subscriptions ===
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You may turn off auto-renewing subscriptions by going to your user’s Account Settings after purchase. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during your active subscription period.

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What's New

Version 5.101

- Minor update.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

5 Ratings

5 Ratings

No retina support, bad reading experience


This is the first item I ever requested a refund for (the subscription fee). I use Zinio and like that, so when this appeared in the Newsstand, it looked cool, so I got the 6 month subscription. That was a serious mistake. The magazine content is not optimized for the retina display, so the text and graphics are jagged when viewed close up. Next, the tap-to-zoom features don't work properly as on other apps. If you double tap to zoom in, it doesn't intelligently fit the area you are zooming in on to the display. Instead you get an arbitrarily large zoomed area that will only let you see part of what you zoomed in on. Further, there is no article text view mode like you get with Zinio. You have to try to read the articles while zoomed in with jagged text. It is like someone took a low-res screen shot of each page and you're trying to read the magazine while only being able to see small bits of what you are trying to read. Zinio lets you pull up and read an entire article using real text (think ePub) or you can read the article as originally laid out by the publisher.

Stay away from this app until they fix these problems.


Star Krow

It truly scares me that some of these "one star" reviewers are eligible to vote for the next US President! What did you really think this app was for? Since you guys DON'T apparently know and didn't even bother to use your heads, I'll spoil the secret: IT'S A FRONT END FOR A SUBSCRIPTION! A 4 yr old or a monkey could have figured that out for themselves, when apparently most of you could not! The app is free to download so that you can buy the sub.

To all of you MORONS crying "rip off", go to Barnes & Noble, select any magazine and just tell the cashier that you're gonna take it home for free to see if ya like it. Post your results here instead of your reviews. It would waste all of our time a lot less.

See, was that really SOO hard to understand. Do the rest of us a favor and obstain next November? Thxx

Good App Great Magazine


This app works great. All the people giving bad reviews.. Read the description before you "waste your time downloading it." Really? It's free because these folks don't want to charge us for an app that lets us buy their magazines and/or subscriptions. How can they give away magazines for free? What's wrong with you guys? This app is for people that don't want to go to the bookstore to buy an issue bc it's easier to have on ur idevice. Get real people. Use ur brain b4 you give a great thing a bad reputation. By the way.. I don't in anyway whatsoever work for this company, I am just annoyed by stupid people.


Imagine Publishing
78 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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