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Asimov's Science Fiction [Kindle Edition]

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Asimov's Science Fiction magazine has published outstanding short fantasy and science fiction by today's leading authors for over 30 years. We continue to showcase stories that are innovative, entertaining, and have won numerous Hugos and Nebula Awards. In addition to fiction, readers stay informed about SF and fantasy through a monthly editorial column, an Internet column, insightful book reviews, and thought-provoking articles about science and science fiction. Asimov's is home to many bestselling authors, including Connie Willis, Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Kristine Katherine Rusch, and Stephen Baxter.

The Kindle Edition of Asimov's Science Fiction contains most articles found in the print edition, but will not include all images. For your convenience, issues are auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle around the same time the print edition hits the newsstand. The digital subscription consists of one issue each month. April/May and October/November are double issues.

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207 of 220 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Formatting needs work November 8, 2008
I've read Asimov's for years, and when I saw it available for the Kindle, I returned to my favorite source of short fiction. What an appropriate setting for a science fiction magazine.

I knew that in going to the digital version, I would loose the wonderful artwork that frequently graces the pages of Asimov's. What I didn't expect was the poor formatting of the content. The text runs continuous through each edition, with no page breaks. The end of each article has a link to take you back to the table of contents, but otherwise, one line down brings you to the next item in the magazine. I'd appreciate page breaks at the end of each article or story -- something to bring some mental closure before being jolted immediately into the next.
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141 of 152 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Magazine, Terrible Formatting for Kindle April 20, 2009
This is a very good magazine. But, as another reviewer has said, there is no advantage taken of any of the Kindle's features here. There are no links to a Table of Contents, and, there is no way to navigate the issue easily.

This might seem like a minor annoyance. But, if you don't create a "note" immediately to the first page, you will need to page back, page back, page back, etc. to get back to the first page. It becomes a pretty big hassle navigating if you don't create a note on page one immediately, before reading any further. There is a "Contents" page on page one, with links... But, you need to craft your own link to it.

That's just how periodicals are on Kindle; if the publisher takes no care to format the issue, it is essentially a flat core dump of text.

It is a pity that the publisher of Asimov's didn't put at least a tiny bit of effort into formatting this to be user-friendly.

You do pay a premium for a format that is greener; and it must cost less for them to produce. Yet, you don't get anything in the Kindle edition (as of this writing anyway) that takes advantage of the fact that this is a digital medium.

I want to give this full marks, but this is not a great effort on formatting for us!

But, you do get the convenience of portability. Just remember though -- it is not a magazine that puts any thought into the medium...
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Asimov's Now Wonderful For Kindle! September 7, 2009
The November 1, 2009 issue of Asimov's Magazine (received September 2nd) has now been vastly improved with it's new formatting designed to take advantage of the Kindle. Past commenters have correctly complained about the difficulty of moving from story to story. This is no longer a problem. As is the case with most Kindle newspapers, there is a "View Sections List" at the bottom of the screen, which provides access to a Novella (1 story), Novelettes (5 stories), Short Stories (4 stories), Poetry (6 stories), and Departments (7 stories). The beginning of each story also provides the word length of the story, which is really helpful for the reader to know if he or she has time to read the story. This particular issue is crammed with more than 100,000 words of fiction - a super bargain for $3. I am so thankful that this terrific little magazine now takes full advantage of everything Kindle has to offer. If you like Science Fiction, you'll find some of the very best writers each month at Asimov's!
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178 of 196 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is up with the Kindle Price??? May 7, 2008
I just wonder why the print version on this magazine is $3 less per year than the kindle version?
Seems a bit odd to me. Doesn't the Kindle eliminate the need to print and mail this?
Once it is lowered in price, I am all over it.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle friendly! December 5, 2010
I've been reading a lot of the reviews here, and they tend to focus on the Kindle-unfriendliness of the Asimov's. Well, they listened, did a major redesign, and it's now a real joy to read on my brand-new Kindle. Top short stories well presented!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Asimov's New Kindle Format is Superb! December 14, 2009
It would be disingenuous to claim that Asimov's initial Kindle format was bug-free. Sure there were a few. For me, the biggest issue was not being able to get a real sense of the length of the story before I
started it. That's now been fixed - with the addition of word counts at the head of each story. The revised and improved format is truly excellent. Navigation is fast and easy. Categorization is intuitive. The all-important cover art is clear and simple to locate. The slate background makes the physical act of reading pleasant and relaxing. And, of course, the content remains unparalleled. Quite simply the finest SF magazine on the market. Read. Discover. Imagine. Cherish.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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This is an excellent source of science fiction literature. Until Amazon admits that fact and quits treating it like a newspaper, I will give it the lowest rating possible. A zero for integrity and customer service would be the most honest rating. I have to keep every issue I purchase on my device, because otherwise Amazon will remove them from my library after I acquire 7 issues. It may be a funny concept for Amazon, but when I buy a hard copy of a book, I own it and can place it on a shelf in my spare room and always have access to it when I want it. Why does Amazon believe that I have no right to an anthology of short stories that I've purchased because the hard copy is printed on pulp paper? If Amazon thinks back issues in my Kindle library take up too much room on Amazon's cloud server, then Amazon has to make it possible and easy for me to back up my issues on my computer hard drive. However, I would be content if I was allowed to keep as many issues as I've purchased in my kindle library without Amazon committing the digital equivalent of book burning.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly formatted eMagazine
This and other eMagazines come in an odd format, with two options for reading. One option involves viewing what looks like images of scanned pages from the paper magazine, with no... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Get your SCIFI fix
When you need your science fiction short story fix, this is the place to go. Good stories. Haven't read one yet that I didn't at least like.
Published 2 months ago by E. E. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine!
Why short stories?

SF short stories are super-condensed concoctions of pure imagination waiting to explode and inundate their reader with new ideas, settings,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Josiah Henn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading!!!
Great magazine! I've always loved it
Published 4 months ago by connie
1.0 out of 5 stars Experimental Screen Formatting - fails
The screen view of this magazine which imitates a physical magazine does not work well on a phone-sized screen. The standard view mode was hard for me to get it into. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul T. Schrum Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best in contemporary literary Sci-fi!
Published 5 months ago by Brandon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine and format on the Kindle
Great magazine and format on the Kindle. You can switch to an alternate mode by double clicking the page, which will let you change the font, text size & page color. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John G. Zocco
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Almost as good as their sister publication, Astounding Science Fiction
Published 9 months ago by john t. thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this magazine as a kid and really enjoying this e-book version for my Kindle.
Published 11 months ago by Anders Korn
5.0 out of 5 stars A fix for Sci-Fi junkies
I look forward to this mag every month. It's a great way to check out new (to me) writers, and to get an occasional treat from a writer I've not seen in a while. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Thomas Stocking
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Back Issues in Digital Format
I can't find a way to buy back issues for Kindle either. Google Play offers back issues, but they can't be read on the Kindle. Very disappointing that Amazon is lagging behind Google in this one area!
Nov 27, 2014 by D.B. Cooper |  See all 2 posts
For Kindle on iPad please
Asimov's readers want to read the magazine on iPad! Please provide an iPad-compatible format such as PDF.
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