The Politico is one of my favorite spots online for political news, and I like to pick up the free paper edition here in the DC metro area whenever I can. I was actually looking forward to supporting them with real money. Alas, it is not to be.
Like with so many other Kindle newspapers, my problem is not with the content but with the formatting. They're all needlessly mangled in one way or another, but Politico manages to do a worse job than all I've seen. One problem has to do with they way they convert hyperlinks in articles--sometimes the link text is replaced with a URL, and sometimes the link text is missing entirely. The end result is something like:
- This morning, President Obama signed the example.com/someurl, which, according to House Democrats, should solve the ongoing .
Another fun touch, and I can't even offer a theory as to how this could happen, is that they randomly switch single and double quote marks, so you can't tell where internal quotes start and stop. Looks like this:
- Asked to elaborate on the Senator's comments, the staffer replied, 'He told me he knows "nothing beyond what's been revealed to the press,' so that's all I'll say."
I hope one day newspapers can get their acts together on Kindle. Here you have a captive audience who wants nothing more than to pay you real money for the digital content you're serving up free online, and you can't even hire an intern to write a decent script to convert that content to Kindle format.