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Popular Science [Kindle Edition]

by Bonnier Corp
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Bring Popular Science Magazine to life with the Kindle digital edition. On the Kindle, the vivid photos of Popular Science have never looked better, and the easy navigation allows for a relaxing reader experience. Take your Popular Science issues with you and have available on demand. "The future is going to be better, and science and technology are the driving forces to help make it better. Popular Science gives our readers the information and tools to improve our world." -Mark Jannot, Editor-In-Chief

Product Details

  • Publisher: Bonnier Corp (November 27, 2014)
  • Issues: 12 issues / year
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005STEW5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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150 of 159 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with this picture? May 26, 2012
OK. First, I have to say I really like Popular Science magazine. It's lightweight, undemanding reading that's just good fun after a hard day (they call themselves "PopSci" for a reason - it's like pop music but for science topics - fun but contains little real substance), and I've subscribed to it for many years. I recently purchased a Kindle Fire so that I could read this and some other magazines (as well as other materials) during my long daily train commute without having to lug around the paper copies. Here's where I'm having some cognitive dissonance: An annual subscription to the paper version is a mere paltry $7. Great deal! The Kindle version is $1.99 an issue, or nearly $24 per year. This bears repeating - $7 for a year's worth of physical copies made of physical paper from physical trees (or wherever physical), physically mailed to my physical mailbox by a physical mail carrier via physical trucks, airplanes, cars, whatever - with physical mailing costs included, whereas the electronic version (no mailing, no trees, no physical anything) costs three and one half times that - for a string of electrons that costs virtually nothing to shoot over to my (digital) door. What am I missing here? It sounds like it's specifically designed to abuse people who want cool electronic versions of stuff just for the sake of having cool electronic versions of stuff, and Amazon/Popular Science has decided to capitalize on that - to the extreme. I like cool digital stuff just like the next guy. And although I actually PREFER the paper versions of magazines, I thought it might be a little more convenient (and cool) to travel with electrons vs. physical paper - and I'm certainly willing to pay a modest surcharge for the convenience of doing so (the key word here is "modest"). Well, not THAT much I'm not. Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great on small screen January 13, 2012
Love my Kindle Fire for reading books and movies, but the 7" screen is too small for magazines. I tried Pop Science for (4) issues. Articles were hard to read. Frustrating to page through because of the small print. Overall, I think it needs a larger format for viewing.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars loved it at one time April 13, 2012
I am not really sure why the publisher decided to limit the number of device types available for this subscription. I have an Android tablet (Xoom) and was a paying customer for this magazine but one day it stopped downloading with the error message saying that the magazine was no longer compatible with my device type. This is so frustrating! Why limit the device types to the kindle fire and the ipad ? Is this another one of those backroom deals between Apple and Amazon and the books/publishers to control what people can get and on what device they want you to buy. I know the formatting was fine for the Android platform, I was paying for it and enjoyed it while it lasted. It is a shame. A shame to have people that are willing to pay for a product and be denied access to it do to publishers opting out of providing the service do to device type biases. I might as well just pirate the issues and save the money, which is just as easy as paying for it. Shame on you publishers!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A digital version of the whole dead tree editiion November 25, 2011
There's a free trial, just take a look at it. It's a high quality "scan" (straight digital print really) of the paper version. No useless movies or clutter. A jump-to index might have been nice like some other magazines have, but this is a solid choice. I actually went for this rather than the dead tree version.

On a PC, it'll look fabulous in high res. I mainly use it on my Kindle Fire though. You can just make out all the text without zooming in on the 7" display, but it's easier on your eyes to zoom in a bit - which works just fine. iPad and other 10" tablet users will have a better experience than fire users since the screen is 2x as big. Kindle DX users are fine too, if you can do without color.

A great option for those who are getting tired of magazine clutter, but still want reading material.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Remove Compatibility from Kindle for Android?? March 23, 2012
Just got the trial yesterday and was reading on my Kindle for Android. This morning, it decided not to work and says the book isn't compatible for my device. I login to Amazon and found out that Android is no longer supported. Only compatible devices are Kindle, Kindle for iPad or iPhone. This sucks. Luckily, I got a free trial so I am ok but I truely would like to read this magazine...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital is the way to go December 13, 2011
When I got my Kindle Fire, one of the things I most wanted to check out was the Newsstand, where magazines would go. My first subscription was to Popular Science. So far, I've received automatic downloads of the November and December 2011 issues.

The magazine looks great on the Kindle Fire screen. The downloadable edition apparently includes everything that's in the print edition, including advertisements. The graphics are vibrant and sharp, and the text is very crisp. I can just barely read the text in the normal view, but double-tapping the screen enlarges it to 2X. You can also pinch-and-zoom with your fingers.

Tapping the Menu icon on the Options bar brings up the linked index of articles. Tapping an article name brings up the article, with scrollable thumbnails of other pages at the bottom (you can make the thumbnails go away by tapping once at the bottom of the screen).

This is definitely the future of magazines (perhaps newspapers, too). No more stacks of magazines piled up in the house, and no angst of deleting them from my Kindle Fire to free up memory, since the magazines will remain stored in Amazon's Cloud.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Only works on a kindle hardware device.
Why can't I read this magazine in my Windows 8 tablet?
Published 1 day ago by C. Goodin
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
What is the point of selling an item for Kindle that is NOT compatible with Kindle? Really, geniuses?
Published 11 days ago by Jonathan Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars It's McScience; always has been.
If your issue (pun intended) with Kindle's Popular Science offering is with the magazine itself, I would remind you that Popular Science has always been about... Read more
Published 23 days ago by PhxRick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine in a 21st century form
I have always liked to read Popular Science and I believe this is as good as it gets so that I can read it on my phone with a 4 1/2 inch screen
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Like it a lot
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best
Been reading this for years, still love it.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Love it on my Note 2!
Great! Love it on my Note 2!
Published 3 months ago by David Gutierrez
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK, but..
OK magazine, just a little basic for me Not enough in depth on the cutting edge of science.
Published 4 months ago by Robert L. Sitze
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite.
i love this magazine to death.
Published 4 months ago by christopher pressley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent publication, the last devices and articles for fans ...
Excelent publication , the last devices and articles for fans of technology
Published 5 months ago by David A Chacon Lopez
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Need to lower prices for digital editions on Kindle
I was looking at that too! They have mail order version here on Amazon for like $12. Why would I pay twice that for the same electronic magazine when one could just go to the actual website at Starbucks and pay ....$0
Makes no sense!
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