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National Geographic Magazine [Kindle Edition]

by National Geographic Society
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, the flagship magazine of the National Geographic Society, chronicles exploration and adventure, as well as changes that impact life on Earth. Editorial coverage encompasses people and places of the world, with an emphasis on human involvement in a changing universe. Major topics include culture, nature, geography, ecology, science and technology. The Kindle Edition of National Geographic includes one image per article. For your convenience, issues are auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle at the same time the print edition hits the newsstand.

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  • Publisher: National Geographic Society (August 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094ICZ0C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,255 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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167 of 170 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars frustration about kindle magazine policy December 19, 2012
By link
The review is for Amazon policy of its kindle magazine not magazine itself.

Before I continue, I want say I have been very happy with the service of Amazon for a long time until I have issues with my national geographic subscription. Amazon's policy makes me mad. the magazine looks so great with the kindle fire especially the 8.9 but Amazon makes me want to yell at them.

First of all, there are limited number of issues which can be stored in the cloud. only the most recent 7 issues can be stored. before I had time to read the issues before the last 7 they are deleted from the cloud without noticing me. I didn't get a chance to explore the possibility of downloading the old issues on my kindle or other device before they are deleted from cloud.

Second, after I realized what happened I decided to cancel the subscription. This time I downloaded all the issues in the cloud to my kindle(7 of them). I know they will delete the content from the cloud after it is cancelled. I got to access these seven issues from my kindle right after I cancelled subscription.I thought at least I got some damage control. today I turned on my kindle again and they disappeared. after 20 minutes on the phone I was told that it is Amazon' s policy to delete all issues from the KINDLE after the subscription is cancelled. Really?! I never heard anything more ridiculous than this? Basically I paid $1.99 a month for more than a year and at the end I didn't even get to read most of the magazine I subscribed? $@&=&:+#$(():

Stay away from Amazon e-magazine unless you want to be ripped off.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
By Gruk
First off. This is a beautiful magazine both in print and on the Kindle Fire. However to me this is a publication you want to keep as a reference in case you are ever going to make that exotic journey you planned and unfortunately this probably is not going to happen if you buy this from Amazon. There are a couple of things going on here.
1) There are a limited number (7) of back issues issues that can be kept in the cloud. You can keep more on the Kindle Fire itself, however all the Fires including the new ones do not have expandable storage. Color magazines like these are not tiny files and if you have some music plus books plus back issues of a couple of magazines (like I do) then onboard storage starts to diminish pretty rapidly.
2) And this is even more important. IF YOU CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION YOU WILL LOSE ACCESS TO ANY BACK COPIES STORED IN THE CLOUD. YES YOU LOSE WHAT YOU HAVE PAID FOR. Now again you can elect to "keep" the back copies on the KF but they eat up onboard storage and if you have several subscriptions you will have problems.
It is much better to use the Z i n i o app and buy publications through them. In this case they are always held in the cloud. The company also has a much wider range of offerings than Amazon and is often cheaper
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad business ........... December 18, 2012
If you want to read this magazine on more than one Kindle device you have to buy it twice!!!!!! I am a subscriber to NG on my Kindle DX. I recently purchased a Kindle Fire HD 8.9. To get the magazine delivered to the Fire HD 8.9 you have to use the interactive app. NG can' t be delivered to the Fire HD in the normal way. The thing is, you have to buy another subscription through the app to get it on the Fire HD. I have 9 other magazine subscriptions with Amazon. None of them have such nonsense. I can read them all on either device as I choose. But, not National Geographic. I contacted Amazon CS and I was told that there is nothing they can do. If I want to read it on my Fire HD I have to buy another subscription through the app. The magazine itself is as good as ever but this policy on the part of Amazon and/or National Geographic stinks. So, I have to make a choice: continue to receive the magazine on the Kindle DX only or buy the subscription again just so I can read it on the Fire HD 8.9. I think I will cancel and get it from Zinio just on principle.
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars content is missing September 16, 2012
I bought one digital copy, and I'll not do it again. The best feature of National Geographic is its pictures, and the digital edition doesn't include them! There was literally ONE picture for every article. To add insult to injury, the hard copy subscription (pictures and all) was cheaper.
I bought a regular sent-to-my-mailbox subscription instead.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Available for the Fire HD December 27, 2012
National Geographic is a wonderful magazine, but note the small print on the Kindle site. You CAN'T load the subscription on the Kindle HD Fire. So, you can only view it on other devices in black and white. I just cancelled my subscription. I hope Kindle doesn't have more "fine print" restrictions.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It works fine for me January 8, 2013
I allowed my National Geographic Society membership to lapse so I could give the Kindle subscription a shot. I don't like magazines cluttering my house, I want to conserve paper, and I want my magazine subscriptions on-time even when I'm traveling. So far I thoroughly enjoy reading National Geographic on my Nexus 7. I have compared the electronic version to a print copy and I have all of the photos and all of the content. I'm not sure what's going on with other subscribers, but it works fine for me.

Why not five stars? The electronic version is more expensive than the print (something common to all magazines) and I'm no longer a member of the NGS, just a subscriber to their electronic edition. I have to assume I will no longer receive the maps, but for me that's not a big loss. To others it might be.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yet another incompatible app with the Fire HDX 7"
Bought the $5.00 yearly subscription ON MY KINDLE FIRE HDX, only to find that there is no Nat Geo app available to actually read the magazine, I'm stuck using the Silk browser to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Strangelove
1.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine, horrendous Kindle app.
Ever since they switched to the ne Kindle App (without notifying existing Kindle subscribers who were stuck with an old digital issues for month because old app simply stopped... Read more
Published 5 months ago by AR
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon strikes another blow for stupidity
Like others my objection is not to the magazine but to the policies used with it. At one time I had all my back issues - over 2 years worth - on my Kindle 8.9. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Coleman
1.0 out of 5 stars Like Filet Mignon Served On A Dirty Plate...
...the magazine is top notch, but the app for my Kindle Fire HDX went from a "no frills" OK and perfectly usable app, to very bad headache (which I got to try for all of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tim Barter Sr.
1.0 out of 5 stars New App is terrible; Content is marred by poor experience to acquire...
This new app is absolutely dreadful. For one, it's very, very bulky in size--over 300 mbs. For someone with an 8gb KF, that's a significant chunk of space. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Magazine, Bad App
Both Amazon's subscription policy & the app itself are inferior to other alternatives. Many reviews discuss the difficulty & expense involved in purchasing the magazine through... Read more
Published 11 months ago by P. Fontaine
5.0 out of 5 stars We bought this for someone else. We've been getting ...
We bought this for someone else. We've been getting NG for many years. I will predict the one receiving this as a gift will give NG ten stars.
Published 11 months ago by Stuart D. Robertson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
No photos. Why would you want National Geographic without pictures.
Published 11 months ago by Timothy Reinbott
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't work on my 2014 8.9" Fire Tablet
It's not the magazine, but the app isn't supported on my new 8.9" Fire tablet. So probably the app needs updated. I'm still trying to get it to work... Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. Phelps
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I don't like it
Published 12 months ago by Ashly
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