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Popular Mechanics [Kindle Edition]

by Hearst Magazines
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Popular Mechanics is where innovation meets inspiration, explaining the latest technology and how to use it in the world around us. Subscribe to Popular Mechanics for everything you need to know about automotive, home, outdoors, science, and technology.

The Kindle Edition of this magazine includes Page View. In Page View, your magazines look just like the printed edition with all the photos and formatting.

Interactive content such as videos and slide shows are only available on: Kindle Fire 2nd Generation, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Hearst Magazines (October 19, 2011)
  • Issues: 10 issues / year
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must be Changed to Text View!!! December 29, 2011
When I first received the Kindle Fire, all of the magazines appeared to be unreadable. You had to zoom and scroll, and it was problematic. Then I figured out that there is a Text View, which separates the articles. For instance in the "Tech Watch" section, all of the articles are separated, where in the print version a few topics are discussed on one page. To do this, click on the menu button at the bottom, which brings up the list of articles. Then click on Text view at the top of the page. Much Better. I do not understand why the Fire defaults on page view, it is almost unreadable.

I love the magazine, and have been a subscriber for the past 15 years or so. I did not like having the magazines pile up, and then having to throw them away every couple of months. Also when I travel, its much easier to pick up the Kindle Fire and go, as opposed to a stack of magazines. All of the columns that I am used to appear to be in the digital version.

I can understand the increased price. Many other Kindle Fire magazines are the same. When you view the magazine in the text version, you don't see advertisements. I read somewhere that because of this, many advertisers only pay for the print version, not the digital versions. Its only a couple of dollars more a year, I wish this were not the case. If you view the magazine in Page view, you will still see the ads.

If the Kindle Fire app had a better Page view, or it defaulted on text view, this would be a five star item for me. Also it would help if the price was a little closer to the print version.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Ready for the Kindle Fire November 17, 2011
Because PM has a lot of text and photo insets, resizing the fonts to make each inset readable results in an unstable page and frequent unintended turning of pages.

If the magazine is ever formatted for the Fire, it will be a killer app. Until then, hardcopy is the best route to go for reading pleasure without stress.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the magazine but Hate the cost!! September 12, 2012
By GMan
Why is this more expensive then the print version !?!? It uses no paper or mailing and frankly should be cheaper for a digital edition not double the price of the paper version!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is insane! Are there that many dupes out there? Or are people so loaded with disposable income they can pay 2.5 times the paper subscription rate for the convenience of e-publishing? Not me; paper will serve me fine until the foolish stop buying this stuff at 250% of the paper price... doesn't matter how good or bad the product is, such a premium for an electronic version is nuts.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor eCopy Formating November 29, 2011
Like the previous reviewer, I've canceled my subscrition due to the poor compatability of the layout of the pages of this magazine with the Kindle. The text is broken into multiple columns, sidebars, and boxes which are difficult to continually scroll and resize to read, there is no provision to zoon into photos, etc. I was really looking forward to using my Kindle Fire not only for reading books, but magazines, too. Unfortunatly, until the magazine publishers start formating their emagazines to optimize them for viewing on a reader or computer screen, I guess I'll just keep waiting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why switch? June 19, 2012
Well, I was about to make the switch to the Kindle version since my subscription ends soon. However, the Kindle version is 3 times more expensive than the print version... Why? It doesn't make sense. 3 times as expensive! So, do I get 3 years of the print version or 1 year of the Kindle version? Sad to say, this technologically heavy magazine will continue to have to be delivered to my mailbox. Maybe I'll just pick it up for one year at a time and hope the Kindle version comes down in price. Come on, I could understand if it were the same price as the print version. The print version starts out as digital... gets printed on paper, gets delivered to my house... and the Kindle version isn't cheaper? I just don't understand that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Android support April 6, 2012
I am an avid fan of Popular Mechanics and having recently purchased an Android tablet that works great, I wanted to start moving my 'paper' magazine subscriptions. Unfortunately Amazon, in their attempt to control the e-market is only supporting Kindle devices, not just the Kindle apps. Thankfully, i found out that there is an e-magazine app/website called Zinio where you can get the e-magazines that look identical to the print version...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Popular Mechanics, Great Magazine, not so hot on the Fire December 17, 2011
Lets get straight to the point, pricing!!!! I can get a print issue for a dollar per issue, if I subscribe, and wait for snail mail. But if I get it on the Kindle fire, it's $1.99 per issue. So for a year that's 23.88 vs. 12 dollars. Why should I pay almost twice the price? But it looks great.
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