Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Idler?
The Idler is a magazine and school dedicated to fun, freedom and fulfilment. We produce a bi-monthly magazine, a range of online courses in subjects ranging from history to philosophy to ukulele, and put on live events and courses.
How do I join?
We offer three membership types.
Print: we send you six issues of our print magazine each year. Nothing digital about it. For people who can’t be bothered with all that Internet baloney.
Digital: we give you access to the digital edition of the magazine, plus you get 50% off all online courses. For geeks and overseas idlers who don’t want to clog up our postal systems with more paper.
Academy: Print plus Digital plus free online courses for a year. For idlers who want access to everything we do. This is our best value offer, as you are given access to all our online courses, which retail for £50 or more each.
Read more here.
How do online courses work?
Our online courses, or IDOCS, are video-based learning experiences, conducted by known writers in their field, with notes, quiz, certificate and community forum.
Once you have bought an online course, you will be able to access it by going to My Account>My Online Courses on our website.
You can watch the videos as many times as you like forever. All online courses are also downloadable.
Where can I read the digital edition of the magazine?
You need to be an Academy or Digital subscriber to access the digital edition of the mag. You can find it in My Account>Digital Edition on our website.
I have a coupon code – how do I use it?
Proceed through the checkout process until you are asked to enter code. Then enter it.
How do I renew my subscription or membership?
You should receive various reminders to renew. However, if you have missed these, then give us a ring or email us.
Print: call our mailing house Webscribe on 01442 820 580 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org If possible have you subscriber number to hand.
Digital: call the Idler office on 0203 176 7907 or email us at email@example.com.
Academy: call the Idler office on 0203 176 7907 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I buy a gift subscription to the magazine?
Go to www.webscribe.magazine.idler or call 01442 820 580.
I’m having trouble accessing my online courses. Who do I contact?
Email email@example.com or call the Idler Office 0203 176 7907.
I’m having trouble accessing the digital edition of the magazine. Who do I contact?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Idler Office at 0203 176 7907.
I’d like to know when my print subscription runs out. Who do I contact?
Email our mailing house at email@example.com or call them at 01442 820 580.
I haven’t received my latest copy of the magazine. Who do I contact?
Please call our subscription house – Webscribe – on 01442 820 580.
Where do Idler live events take place?
Our events take place at a wide range of venues in London and beyond. Our regular venues are Pedlars in Notting Hill, the Three Kings in Clerkenwell, the Albion in Clerkenwell, St Stephen’s Church in Notting Hill and our office under the Westway near Paddington. We also run events at a range of festivals.
Where can I buy the magazine in shops?
The Idler is available to buy from around 100 independent outlets in the UK and Europe, including Rough Trade in London and Leeds, various UK Waterstones, Do You Read Me in Berlin, Colette in Paris and the Atheneum in Amsterdam. It is also available in around 50 WHSmiths outlets at train stations and airports.