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Science News may be a better choice than Scientific American, but not on the Kindle.
on November 17, 2011
EDIT 21 Jan 2013: The entire magazine is available for online viewing to anyone with a net connection at "science news dot org."
EDIT 18 Nov 2012:
The black and white Kindle version is really a horrible way to read this publication. Color images of a decent size and resolution are important for proper viewing of some scientific graphics, which become nonsensical without color. Kindle Fire may be a decent option, but I haven't tried it.
Science News is put out by the Society for Science & the Public. As far as the nature of Science News, it is a good quality way to keep up with updates in various fields, but it does not go into tremendous depth, and the articles are not written by scientists. Scientific American has articles written by scientists through more than half the magazine, each article can be 6-8 pages long, and may be more in depth than many would like. Though I personally like reading articles written by the actual scientists, Scientific American has undergone many changes, causing the quality to fluctuate in unpleasant ways. For this reason, I would suggest that Science News is better for the layman that wants to just keep a light touch on various scientific fields, and perhaps even for the scientist that wants to keep just as light a touch on fields not their own. Though the short articles are not written by scientists, the writers get information from scientists and many science journals.
The publication is issued every two weeks now, rather than the former weekly rate it had for many years. With the print publication, one gets access to the publication online, can access it wherever there is internet access, and this includes years of past issues, but I have found when subscribing to the print issue, I would rarely access the online version.
The Kindle format in general is pretty good, and if a color illustration is necessary, the illustrations, as well as all of the content, are available online for free (something rarely available for free with Scientific American). I find that the vast majority of pictures are adequate on the Kindle, but definitely not optimum.