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Detroit Free Press [Kindle Edition]

by Gannett
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Michigan's oldest and largest newspaper is known for its providing comprehensive news coverage of metro Detroit and Michigan. The winner of eight Pulitzer Prizes and three national Emmy Awards, the Free Press is a trusted source of information on GM, Ford and Chrysler, as well as on international auto news.

As Michigan's most-read newspaper, the Free Press offers unique perspectives on current issues from columnists Mitch Albom, Tom Walsh, Susan Tompor, Rochelle Riley, Drew Sharp, Michael Rosenberg and more. And, as a newspaper annually selected to have one of the best sports sections in the country, the Free Press is the nation's best source for behind-the-scenes coverage of Detroit's professional sports teams (the Detroit Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons), as well as Michigan's Big 10 teams (the Wolverines and Spartans).

The Kindle Edition of The Detroit Free Press contains articles found in the print edition, but will not include some images and tables. Also, some features such as the crossword puzzle, box scores and classifieds are not currently available. For your convenience, issues are automatically delivered wirelessly to your Kindle so you can read them each morning.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Gannett (November 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it better than e-edition June 23, 2009
By Amy Roy
I've been checking periodically to see if the Freep was available on the Kindle and noticed yesterday that it is. If there was a big announcement about it being available, I missed it. Anyway, I read today's paper entirely on the Kindle and find I prefer it to the e-edition. There was something about having to click on the article and then only seeing that article in the e-edition that caused me to skip over a lot of things I would have at least skimmed in the paper edition. And I was going days without reading it because I simply forgot about it. It was disconcerting to so quickly lose the 30+ year habit of reading the paper each morning. This morning I just grabbed the Kindle from my bedside table, clicked it on and read the paper without leaving my bed. There were no pictures or graphs but I didn't really miss them. In other papers I've read on the Kindle there have been pictures so perhaps that's still coming.
The only problem - no comics. I hope that's remedied because it was one of my favorite parts of the paper.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
As a new Kindle DX owner and a former Michigan resident, I looked forward to subscribing to the Free Press on the Kindle. I cancelled my subscription yesterday. Why? Too many reasons, but basically (1) paid Kindle edition is not as good as free web site version, (2) no pictures, (3) no comics, (4) no classifieds, (5) no sports scores, (6) believe it or not, no ads - I want to know what's on sale in the Detroit area when I am up there, (6) poor indexing of articles, (7) related groups of articles are often placed out of order, making it confusing to follow, (8) when there is a multi-item article, like news briefs from Oakland County, the items are all run together without spacing or font changes, so they are very hard to separate, and there is no indexing of such items either, (9) no weather reports, no local road construction or other local info, (10) no reader article feedback like on the web site, (11) no columnist sections, and (12) the Kindle edition is issued only once a day, instead of being re-sent more frequently during the day with updates and breaking news like the web site has.

So, what does the Kindle edition offer that the web doesn't? Outside of being downloaded on my Kindle each morning, which starts up faster than a PC, the Kindle version has no advantage at all. And since I have to pay for it, the disadvantages totally outweigh the free web version, which of course not only has pictures, but has them in color, and even occasionally has animated editorial cartoons. What makes it worse is that there is no mechanism whatsoever to relay feedback or problems in the Kindle edition to the Free Press editorial staff, and if you go to the Free Press web site, you can't find any evidence that they support (or even know about!) the Kindle edition of their paper.

Unless you are a total diehard Freep fan, I wouldn't recommend getting this. Kindle is good for books. Newspapers? Not so much.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gets the job done August 27, 2009
I have a difficult time understanding what people expect from a Kindle newspaper. Do you get the graphics and photos? No, because you're viewing it on a e-book reader. Do you always get EVERY story in the online paper? Probably not, but really, who cares? What I'm looking for is a quick and convenient way to read the newspaper on my Kindle. With the Detroit Free Press edition, I get that. I can read it in probably 30-45 minutes. Perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Freep - Even Kindle Version August 9, 2010
I live far away from access to the print edition of the Free Press, and having access to the journalism of the Freep is a treasure regardless of its delivery mechanism. I had followed the web version until I got my Kindle last year, and while the Kindle edition misses many of the graphics and local features (for example weather), it is still a convenient way to access one of my favorite newspapers. The price is a good value, and I love reading it when I want, where I want on the Kindle.

There are better renderings of newspapers available on the Kindle; the Freep on the Kindle may be a disappointment if you also get the NYT or Wall Street Journal. Nevertheless, I am pleased with the continued access to this beacon of the Midwest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Little real news January 7, 2012
By ARedBox
I tried the trial period. There were more sports stories each day than all the other stories in all the other sections, combined. Often articles ran together - I would be reading one article and suddenly it was mish-mashed together with another article. I tried the SF Chronicle and the Washington Post, and both were dramatically better (although no Michigan news).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs work June 23, 2009
By Gordon
I am glad to have a newspaper from closer to home but the formatting needs work. Sometimes the next article is actually the next article but frequently a bunch of articles are just all jammed together under one heading without even a paragraph break. I am hoping for better things in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Low on content but many sports articles July 9, 2009
I was pleased when the Detroit Free Press was made available, however,very few news articles. 4-5 articles in various news categories, but then would get 20+ sports articles. Love sports, but not at the level of these articles.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars why do all kindle newspapers seem to SUCK? January 19, 2011
I have yet to find a good newspaper on the kindle. the freep is worse than most... too few articles. Too many sports articles. not organized well. For God's sake, people, please include all the articles! we want them! And comics and maybe puzzles too! How hard can it be? At least give us all the stories and some photos!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the Free Press!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars FP always told it like it is great staff
From Detroit. FP always told it like it is great staff. Great interesting articles
Published 2 months ago by erik thorsrud
5.0 out of 5 stars so I like reading about my home-city in the Detroit Free Press
I'm living in VA, but I'm from Detroit, so I like reading about my home-city in the Detroit Free Press.
I will always miss my hometown! Reading about it is heart-warming!
Published 3 months ago by J. Schier.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
I worked at the Free Press as a young kid working in the Advertising dept as a messenger boy delivering advertising around the downtown area that would have been somewhere between... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Young
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor download
I purchased the Sunday edition. Only one section downloaded onto my Kindle. If there was a way to get my money back, I would have asked for it.
Published 11 months ago by David Koetje
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition of Detroit Free Press on March 9, 2014 is messed up!
What happened to the kindle edition of the Free Press today? Only 1 section came up on my Kindle! Sunday's Edition March 9, 2014
Published 11 months ago by Kathy Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Coming from the Detroit suburbs it is great to be able to read all about what is happening in the Greater Detroit area..
Published 12 months ago by John Riedel
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid newspaper for Michigan news.
Good newspaper for a left leaning publication. A bit short on national and international news. Sometimes a bit heavy on sports.
Published 16 months ago by Janice Albright
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor edition
The Kindle version has been inconsistent, often the articles can be repeated 2, 3 or even 4 times in the edition. Read more
Published 16 months ago by June M. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition Needs Improvement
The Kindle edition has far too many duplicate, and triplicate, articles. Someone (editors???) certainly are not doing their jobs properly. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M Kelly
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