Paper or PDF?

I've always loved magazines.

As a kid, I wanted to shoot for LIFE. As an adult, I've subscribed to Pop Photo, Time, and countless others. Currently, my iPad mini has subs for these very same publications.

But I like paper too. And that's where things get messy.

We're in a publishing transition right now, and many publications still aren't quite as good electronically as they are on paper. A perfect example is one of my new gigs, c't Digital Photography Magazine. On paper: fantastic! Their iPad app c't Photo: not as strong.

Since I get both the paper and digital versions of c't with a subscription, I read the paper copy first, then recycle, then use the electronic version as my reference library. This is a major improvement over stacks of magazines in the corner of the office. But it still feels like an hybrid approach.

I'm curious. How do you tackle this? Are you paper only, PDF only, or a combination of the two?

I know there'll be a day when this conversation is as antiquated as a Kodak Brownie film camera. But right now, it's real.

The only thing that hasn't changed is my love for magazines.