You will find interesting content in both magazines. They are complimentary. Both will send you a free issue on request. Or find someone in your local bee club who has back issues that they can't trash. I brought 3 boxes full of past issues to our bee school - they went in one or two nights.
Both have e-mail alert services. Bee Culture Editor Kim Flottum is active in EAS which may or may not mean anything to you.
I subscribed to both BC and ABJ when I started, intending to cut back to one subscription once I knew which one I liked better/found more useful. I renewed both subscriptions, and have no plans to drop either one. As Andrew said, they complement each other.
When I was new to beekeeping, I subscribed to both, and found some of the articles to be over my head. After a few years, I realized I needed to know a lot more to be a beekeeper, and not just a guy who buys packaged bees every couple of years. So I have subscribed to both again. I subscribed to the digital version of Bee Culture--it was cheaper and it's one less magazine I have to store. The one thing I don't like about the digital version of BC is that you can't download it; you must read it online. I had hoped to be able to save articles of interest digitally. I can, but it is a cumbersome process.
there is no best of anything. Just personsal opinion. the bee culture is geared toward hobby beekeepers and abj has always been for more advanced beekeepers. I would try both and see what works best for ya.
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