The charm of the Reader’s Digest is that it is, well, very digestible. It gives you a healthy dose of both information and entertainment. The articles, pieces and stories are well written and easy to understand. In fact, if you pick up even a ten-year old issue, you can still sit down and enjoy it quite happily on a lazy afternoon. The best part of Reader’s Digest is that one minute you could be reading a serious article on how to unclog your heart’s arteries, and the next minute you could be cracking up reading Life’s Like That. These smaller, funnier sections provided terrific comic relief. The Reader’s Digest had something for everyone, stories, information, inspiration, current affairs, recipes, health, and living and just plain good ol’fashioned fun.
I had read RD as a youngster, but a few months back I happened to chance upon one after more than twelve years. I instinctively hunted for the Life’s Like That and other joke sections, and was happy to find they were still alive and kicking, and hadn’t yet been buried under serious articles. Even the overall matter-of-fact, straightforward personality of the magazine is a welcome relief from other over-sensational media. It felt wonderful to pick up Reader’s Digest, it was like meeting an old, familiar friend.
The author is co-founder and Director, Content Design at Steta