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109 of 110 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2010
Science News has done an extraordinary job with it's Kindle edition. All the content is there and terrifically easy to navigate. Pictures and graphics are not only present, but a click enlarges them for full-screen viewing! I've been on pins and needles for Science News Kindle Edition. Now that it's here, it far exceeds my expectations!
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159 of 164 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2010
Science News makes a wonderful addition to the Kindle magazine offerings because:
1. There are few science offerings, especially hard science.
2. Science News makes a good text read. So many magazines are exposed as having little useful content when put in Kindle formatting. Not so Science News. Other such rich content magazines include The New Yorker, The Economist, Foreign Affairs and The Times Literary Supplement.
3. The conversion of this magazine is very well done with and excellent Table of Contents and many graphics.

Highly recommended.
I am using a Kindle DX
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
I always liked Science News, with minimal ads, and always a good round-up of science articles. With the Kindle, I tried to find some good magazines to subscribe to.

Science News is one magazine doing things right -- reasonable pricing, with images, delivered on time. The Kindle and the publishing industry needs more of these.

Perhaps one thing that Science News has going for it is length -- typically less than 32 pages. Without a lot of fluff, and little to no ads, it's possible to cram a lot of good material in a small space.

Edit: I've added a picture of a sample page.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I am, by no means, a science expert. That being said, I understand the basics. I'm a science fiction fanatic. I love watching the few Science shows that explain the solar system, our planet, and all of life on Earth more than your average person. I enjoy reading Scientific American, but some of their articles bore me. This one was awwweeesome.

I tried the demo for Kindle and didn't really expect much from it. They have articles on dark matter broken down in detail with all of the most current facts. They have up to date information on the Genome Project.. and then random fun articles about Xrays and the unexpected places you'll find them. The writers aren't scientifically bland. They have personality and it shines through in the writing. There are a ton of quality articles jammed into this wonderful magazine.

I will not be canceling this demo.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2010
Science News is a first rate source of news I look forward to every week. I was not familiar with the print version, and subscribed to the Kindle edition hoping it would complement my subscription to Scientific American. I wasn't at all disappointed with my decision. The publisher does an *excellent* job formatting each issue for the Kindle. Pictures, diagrams -- they're all there. A pleasant surprise, since it seems that digital editions seem to be done as afterthoughts by most other publishers. I couldn't be more pleased with my subscription.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2011
I have read many different "Science" magazines that ranged from super intense mathematical and technical, to super silly even for sixth graders. This magazine is both enjoyable to read, and is informatative without making me feel stupid. I enjoy the entire magazine, not just certain sections as with most others. The publisher cover a wide range of scientific subjects in an informative manner without being superficial. I highly recommend this magazine to anyone even curious about the different disiplines in the scientific community. Great for everyone.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 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.

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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2011
The genius of Science News is to offer plain water to the
intellectually thirsty. It is one of the good things, always consistent
while wide-ranging. Whether a precocious teenager, a working adult, or an
engaged octogenarian, Science News is always fresh, and a frequent eye
opener. I started reading Science News on paper in b/w, then in color, and
now find myself subscribing on my Kindle. I like Science News on the Kindle
because it suits my footloose life-style. The articles are just the thing to
read when you have a little time here or there. Of course, the science
writing and the graphics remain top notch. As a rated review, I can see
penalizing the Kindle edition ' star because it does not have color; then
again, the Kindle search and spelling assets entitle the Kindle edition of
Science News to an extra star, adding up to *****+.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
CAUTION: I think I know what happened to the 1- and 2-star reviewers. If you click on the "Departments" section at the top of the issue and read a bunch of stuff, it totally looks like a useless skeleton of a magazine. "Departments" is not a divided summary of the entire issue, it is their label for some very brief commentary and book plugs by the magazine's various staff members. Worse yet, each "department" subsection is labeled an "article" which is not so helpful. The haters here are not nuts, they just forgot to back out to the main outline. This section is probably about 5% of each issue.

On to the actual Kindle edition of the magazine: very good. The articles are re-sizable plain text with inline images (which you can zoom in on by pressing and holding, then tapping the zoom popup and doing a pinch), which is exactly how it should be. I no longer have the print edition to compare, but it looks like about the right number of full articles to be an entire issue (unlike some phone versions of magazines which are hacked down a lot).

Science News itself is a good magazine to read for news from the world of science. In general, the articles are reasonable summaries of whatever scientific paper they are based on. Of course nothing is perfect, but Science News is not written by complete idiots like those who write science-related articles for major news outlets. Science News also does not publish just any trash which is cranked out under a "science" label, which seems to happen with Science Daily (essentially a press release service in many cases) and New Scientist (the shock jocks of science). The articles are actually written by the magazine's own staff, and they appear to be competent writers.

The only thing which Science News lacks is the latest news on evil anti-science activities like creationists, fake medicine, etc. This is not a magazine for routine tracking of quacks and frauds, but you can find plenty of that elsewhere. This is a magazine for educating yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2010
I've actually only read through one issue, but I'm impressed with the detail of the articles. I'm an astronomy buff, and like the fact that a good percentage of the articles are astronomy related. But I'd certainly recommend buying just one issue to start with to make sure it's something you really want.
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