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Online Mini and MINI magazines

The MINI International app

You may have viewed our Magazines page with its list of the print magazines available for the classic Mini and MINI.  Some of these are hard to find in the US in print form.  Here’s how to access some of the best e-magazines for your mobile device.


The MINI International

The MINI International

The MINI International is MINI’s own global magazine focusing on “the MINI approach to life”.  The iPad app features the top ten stories from the magazine enhanced by short film sequences, game modules, and interesting background information.

Download the MINI International iPad app at iTunes.

Visit the companion MINI Space website at www.minispace.com.

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Modern MINI

Modern MINI

Modern MINI is a bimonthly magazine from the UK.  It’s available to read online or on all mobile devices.  You can purchase a 7-issue digital subscription or single issues.

Access Modern MINI on your PC or mobile device at Pocket Mags.

View their website at www.modernmini.co.uk.

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Mini Magazine

Mini Magazine

Mini Magazine is the magazine for anyone who wants to get the best out of their classic Mini. Rammed with technical features, advice, and inspirational feature cars.  You can purchase a 13-issue digital subscription or single issues.

Access Mini Magazine on your PC or mobile device at Pocket Mags or Zinio.

View Barnes & Noble Mini Magazine [NOOK Magazine].

View their website at www.minimag.co.uk.

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Mini Expert

Mini Expert

Mini Expert was a single issue magazine. In it, Mini Magazine‘s technical editor Keith Calver shares his vast knowledge of the classic Mini’s powertrain, including identifying and rebuilding different A-Series engines, essential gearbox maintenance and repair, road and race clutches, and tuning your engine to get the very best performance for your budget.

Access Mini Expert on your PC or mobile device at Zinio.

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MiniWorld

MiniWorld

MiniWorld is a monthly magazine from the UK.  MiniWorld is the original magazine for the classic Mini. It’s jam-packed with the best modified Minis in the world, from full-on custom cars to beautiful restorations. There’s news, club info and technical features, plus a classified section. It’s available to read online or on all mobile devices.  You can purchase a 13-issue digital subscription or single issues.

Access MiniWorld on your PC or mobile device at Pocket Mags.

View their website at www.miniworld.co.uk.

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love:mini

love:mini

love:mini is a free online-only magazine and resource for the classic Mini and MINI enthusiasts.

Download or read online from the love:mini Issues page.

View their website at www.love-mini.co.uk.

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MC2 Magazine

MC2 Magazine

MC2 had an online magazine in 2011.  You can still read MC2 issues 28-32 for free:

View their website at www.mc2magazine.com.

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MotorWerks MagazineMotorWerks Magazine

MotorWerks Magazine is a new media (online) magazine from Canada covering BMW and MINI motorsport and enthusiast interests.  It is free to read.

Access the current Volume 4, Issue 1 and the entire Archives.

 


Mini Magazine available for NOOK

Barnes & Noble Mini Magazine for NOOK

For readers in the US who often have a difficult time finding Mini Magazine in local bookstores, Barnes & Noble has the answer.  B&N has made Mini Magazine available for the NOOK.  You can now buy the December 2013 issue for $4.99 or subscribe for $3.99 per month with a 14-day free trial.

You don’t need a NOOK device to read NOOK magazines, you can read them on your existing mobile device using NOOK Mobile Apps.

View Barnes & Noble Mini Magazine [NOOK Magazine].


MINI and Flipboard team up

Flipboard: MINI Not Normal

MINI has teamed up with Flipboard to curate an online and mobile magazine based around the “NOT NORMAL” theme. Flipboard enables users “to read and collect the news they care about, curating their favorite stories into their own magazine” as a mobile app and now also on a computer.

From the Flipboard blog post MINI’s Giant Leap to Flipboard:

The MINI has never been a normal car—by design. It was created in response to the Suez Canal crisis in the mid 1950s, which caused yet another gasoline embargo in England. The idea was that this car would be fuel efficient and stylish with a passenger compartment that was comfortable despite the automobile’s tiny size.

The new kind of economy car rolled off the production line in 1959 and was a quick hit. It was striking to look at and fun to drive; its minimalist sensibility created a special place in the hearts of automotive lovers for generations. In 1999, the Global Automotive Elections Foundation named it one of the 20th century’s most influential cars in the world—second only to Henry Ford’s Model T.

MINI, an advertiser in Flipboard, is also a curator: It’s created a brand magazine on the concept of “Not Normal,” where it’s sharing articles, videos and photos focused on self-expression, creativity and inventiveness.

To view the magazine, search “Not Normal” in Flipboard or click here.
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Read MINI NOT NORMAL on the Flipboard website, or download the Flipboard app from the Apple iTunes App Store or the Android App on Google Play.

 

 


MotorWerks Magazine: online magazine for BMW and MINI

MotorWerks Magazine, Volume 2 Issue 02MotorWerks Magazine is a new media (online) magazine from Canada covering BMW and MINI motorsport and enthusiast interests.  The magazine is released sporadically with the just-released December 2012 (volume 2, issue 02) edition being only the fifth issue since launch in January 2011.

The December 2012 issue is the first to feature MINI on the cover.  Inside are the following MINI-related articles:

  • “Cleared for take-off!” on Stuart Mackay’s R56 Cooper S.
  • “Cooper RSR” project car from MotorWerks Magazine.
  • “Thunder Strikes Thrice!” about MINI Thunder III.
  • “R53 MINI Swansong” cover story on the final race of the RSR Motorsports MINIs in GRAND-AM.
  • “Miniacs corralled at Laguna” on the MINI fans at the penultimate GRAND-AM race.

Read MotorWerks Magazine, Volume 2 Issue 02, December 2012 online or see the entire Archives.


The MINI International returns with a new look

The MINI International Issue 38 The MINI International Issue 38 iPad sample

The MINI International magazine was relaunched with a new look and format. It is also still available for the iPad in the Apple iTunes App Store.  The featured model in this issue is the forthcoming MINI Paceman.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Munich. The MINI International has a new design. The MINI customer magazine has been re-launched with a new look and new thematic concept, with the first edition to be presented today at the Paris Motor Show. At the core of the realignment is a new graphic concept even more focused on the lifestyle topics that interest its target readership. The whole magazine centres on the MINI approach to life.

The re-launch promises extraordinary stories about interesting people and exciting places. The main focus will be on the MINI Community, with presentations of MINI enthusiasts and their cars. Winners of contests within the community will also be featured in the magazine. MINI employees will have a voice, too: In the “MINI Master” column, they share what they love about their job. To keep things authentic, the magazine will not use models or excessive retouching and artificial lighting for its car photography. Cars will be presented as an authentic part of the protagonists’ world. A further thematic focus will be on urban trends. The idea is not just to cover these trends – but for MINI to play a part in shaping them.

The MINI feeling is also reflected in the magazine’s new design, with a new cover, trendy typeface, bright colours and an authentic and engaging visual language inside the magazine to round off the concept. Ralf Schepull, head of MINI Brand Communications, commented on the launch of the new magazine: “The MINI International magazine is unique and contemporary, and includes fans, customers and the MINI models equally. With its contemporary new look, illustrations and unusual design elements, The MINI International is thoroughly modern and reflects the MINI brand perfectly.”

In the first edition, artists Bompas & Parr take a drive through the London district and gastronomic hotspot of Bermondsey in a brand new MINI Cooper S Paceman. The two Bermondsey boys, who made a name for themselves as “food architects” with their artistic jelly creations, accompany the reader through the gourmet enclave of Maltby Street.
On a Californian road-trip from Silver Lake in Los Angeles to Palm Springs, with husband-and-wife designer team Rose Apodaca and Andy Griffith behind the wheel, the MINI Countryman undergoes an impressive transformation from stylish city car to agile crossover for desert driving.
The final report comes from Le Castellet, where 30,000 MINI enthusiasts gathered for the largest MINI United international MINI fan festival so far. The column “THE DASH” presents 35 exciting lifestyle products. The category “DRIVE-BY” features intriguing architectural buildings found along the side of the road, such as the petrol station designed by Arne Jacobsen in Denmark.

The new concept behind The MINI International was developed in collaboration with MINI’s new publishing partner. After eleven years, responsibility for the magazine has now been transferred to renowned media entrepreneur Tyler Brûlé and his full service global design agency, Winkreative.

About The MINI International:
The MINI International has been published every year since 2001 in March and September and is geared towards MINI customers worldwide. It is available in eight languages with a print run of 420,000 copies in 85 markets currently. The print magazine is complemented by an iPad app in English, which can be downloaded from iTunes free of charge. It features the top ten stories from the magazine enhanced by short film sequences, game modules and interesting background information.


MC2 on the future of MINI styling

MC2 June/July 2012 cover
MC2 announced the next issue (June/July 2012) will have a fresh new look.

To go along with the new magazine design, Issue 38 contains a “multi-part series on the future of MINI styling, from the hatchback to the potential of the pickup, van and Moke.”  The cover shows a rendering which MC2 says is based on information they have:

It’s that MC2 has a few friends that know more about auto design than MINI news and info sites, and with the help of a world-renowned auto designer, stylist, and insider, we thought it was time to talk about MINI Futures. That designer is an old friend of ours, Mark Stehrenberger, a rarely-disputed source that is giving MC2 first crack at the coming facelift, Paceman, Moke, MINIvan, and pickup – and something that surprised even us – with his renditions of the future of our MINIs.

Visit the MC2 website to read more on the coming Issue 38.

Read back issues of MC2 (issues 28-32) for free.


Roundel magazine reviews the MINI Roadster

Roundel May 2012It’s not often that Roundel, a BMW magazine, puts anything other than a BMW car on its cover, but it did just that for its May 2012 issue.  The cover car is a MINI Cooper S Roadster which is reviewed inside.

But you can’t judge a review by the cover.  With the Roadster’s accomplishment, you might think Roundel takes the new MINI Roadster seriously.  Instead, the condescending author imagines the “Nancy Drew car” as suitable for a sixteen-year-old girl named Buffy.  Some quotes from just the first page (page 40) of the article:

“It’s just so gosh-darned cuuuuuute!”

“The Coupé is an attitude car, the ride-of-choice for the young rebel without a clue; the Roadster is simply the adorable kitten from the shelter: Won’t you take me home, little girl?”

“Here’s how goofy this thing is: I am smiling and waving at passers-by.”

So it seems the author, a BMW guy, is reluctant to admit he loves the MINI. He’s shown on the cover with a huge grin and even feels the need to explain that in his column on page 7.

All the condescension might be to hide the schizophrenic author’s true love for the MINI, since he simultaneously ridicules and praises the Roadster:

So what’s in store for you in this kiddie car, Mister Adult With Responsibilities And Good Sense? Well, first of all, it’s an excellent way to banish that image. As a roadster-with-a-lowercase-r fanatic myself, I must note the verities of the breed. Your neighbors will shake their heads as you drift out of the driveway on your way to work, tsk-tsking your apparent descent into a long-delayed adolescence while they inwardly seethe with envy. […] The Mini Roadster is simply so much fun that you might justify buying one even if you have no children, just in case.

One positive comment on the article is that it does give several great tables of specifications and data on all the versions of the MINI Roadster, both manual and automatic.

We can’t help thinking this article says more about the author and the typical BMW owner than it does about the character of the car itself.  However much they might want to like the Roadster, the perception of their image by others comes first.  Most MINI enthusiasts don’t suffer from this issue but will simply embrace the quirks and enjoy the sheer driving fun that Roadster and all MINIs provide.

To read this issue, go to the Roundel reader page, click the Issues tab on the left side, and choose the May 2012 cover.  Note: the website uses Flash and will not work on Apple devices.


classic Mini magazines for the iPad

Mini Magazine September 2011MiniWorld January 2012Two long-running classic Mini magazines from the UK are now available for the Apple iPad and iPhone.  Mini Magazine and MiniWorld can be found in the Apple Newsstand.

The Mini Magazine app is free to download.  Individual digital issues are $4.99 or you can get three subscription lengths: 90 days for $12.99, 180 days for $21.99, or 365 days for $39.99.  Right now the September 2011 issue is free to celebrate the launch.

The MiniWorld Magazine app costs $5.99 and includes one issue of your choice.  Individual issues are $4.99 and there is also a 13 issues subscription for $36.99.

Visit the Apple App Store to download Mini Magazine and MiniWorld.