Will the new Kindle Fire have a better version of the WSJ? I really want the WSJ tablet edition. Looks like it's available on the iPad and Android OS. How you get on these devices seems to be downloading the app. For the Fire it seems like you won't be able to download the app b/c it's not on the Amazon App store. So we'll be stuck buying the Kindle Edition if we get the Fire. Which totally sucks b/c the quality of the version received on the iPad or Android is much better than Kindle Edition (so I hear). One of the primary reasons I want to get a tablet is to read my magazines and newspapers on it (because I travel a lot and this is really convenient). Please god amazon give me a good solution and don't screw me with a crap version of the WSJ!
I think you are correct, Denver Dave. I've had the online WSJ for years . . .at $224/yr I really can't justify it any longer as I'm now a housewife. My plan B was to get the Kindle version because I have a Fire on order. As it turns out, when I called WSJ, I confirmed that the version I was going to be able to get for Kindle was NOT the online version at all, but only the print option. They definitely didn't make it sound like that was going to change anytime soon, but I never discount Amazon - - I think when the WSJ realizes that people are going to buy this in droves, I suspect they'll make a better version available . . .at least I'm hoping.
I agree with you that magazines and newspapers are the number one reason for me to consider the Kindle Fire. I really want the online version of the Wall Street Journal similiar to iPad. Is this too much to ask?
From what I gathered from a talk with Amazon Support it seems like WSJ doesn't currently support the Fire at all. I'm hoping that changes in the week before my Fire comes, but if not I'm very disappointed.
Stathis: Exactly. Got one for my husband and can get the local paper which just started supporting all of these digital efforts, but no Wall St. That was a surprise. And Amazon has no idea when it will be offered. And even our local paper which looks terrific on my iPad is similar to the regular Kindle version which he was reading before. So, no advantage to have the Kindle Fire and, when he travels, he wouldn't be able to get any papers or books via WhisperSync anyway. Have to send this back. Susan
Thanks for taking the initiative to contact the WSJ...it's great to hear that it will be coming next week. The Newsstand is naked without it...and I've come to like the concise format and navigation of the WSJ Kindle Version. It was also strange that Barron's was available and not the WSJ. I also find navigating the web version too busy and not well suited to a 7" tablet.
So far I'm liking The Fire and it's "Kindle centric" anatomy.
I didn't think I was alone with this issue. Thanks for all the comments and interesting to see others with similar view.
LvK I am glad to hear they will support it. I was holding off on a Fire until I found this out. If they indeed have a nice, clean, app like they do for the Ipad and other Androids I will be sold. If they don't, I might just go with the Ipad. Funny thing is I just got the base Kindle for $79, but only wanted it for books. I want a Fire (or Ipad) for the paper, email, web, etc.
Thanks for the update LvK. I think Amazon is doing things right. While others are focusing on hardware, Amazon is focusing on "software", that is, media to be consumed. I want to read papers and magazines on a tablet that is conected with my my content server (Amazon). I think the Kindle Fire will be a brilliant strategic move that will effect as much change as itunes did to the music space.
Add the Wall Street Journal to the list of publishers releasing apps exclusively for the Kindle Fire.
The Wall Street Journal (NSDQ: NWS) app is free in the Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Appstore. Users can purchase a WSJ digital subscription for $17.99 per month from within the app, which includes access to WSJ.com and all WSJ smartphone and tablet apps.
Starting using it today. It's pretty good but don't have anything to compare it to (haven't used the iPad version or previous Kindle versions). The only negative I see so far is that you don't get a sense for how long an article is. When clicking on an article, there's an indicator that implies 2 pages (screen views) but in reality it could be many more. Other than that, I think it's really good and includes any graphics in color.
I've not had very good results reading the WSJ on the Kindle Fire. I have been a print subscriber for years and years. I have occasionally downloaded the Kindle version while on trips or vacations. I thought having the paper on the Fire would be great, color, graphs, images, easy video links, etc. Some days the paper is a joy to read. When I open the WSJ app the paper is already downloaded and ready to read. Other times I just see the buttons for the days which say "Ready" underneath. When I touch the button I get a question something like "Do you really want to reload the edition? If I click "Yes" the screen goes dark and says it is reloading but I'm soon back to the original screen and no paper. If I click No nothing happens. Rebooting the Fire doesn't help. I finally get the paper downloaded, but it's almost akin to pounding an old TV when it didn't have a picture and somehow the pounding helped bring it up. In other words getting the paper on screen to read is more luck than automatic. This morning I downloaded a WSJ update thinking this would help, but it didn't. I have no idea if this is a problem with WSJ or Amazon but I'm glad I'm not paying extra to having the Fire access.
Could someone help me? I have the free WSJ app for the Kindle Fire but I want to buy the full subscription so I can read all the articles. I can't seem to find it on Amazon's site and it doesn't appear in the newstand on my Fire. How do you buy the subscription?