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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The SPT is a good newspaper. This review is geared towards how this works with the Kindle. As expected, the newspaper was on my Kindle when I woke up. I found the information well organized and the content to be easy to navigate. I was able to quickly navigate to the article of interest and skip past the one that I was not interested in. Images are a challenge. Overall, i was able to quickly access paper, find and read my interest and then get on with day. I look forward to the day when eReaders in general are better suited for newspapers but for now, this will do just fine.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2010
I've always subscribed to the St Pete Times since I've lived in the area (St Pete and Tampa), and I love it. My personal politics/beliefs don't always coincide with their opinion sections/editors, but I can still overlook our differences and realize it's really a @#$%ing fantastic paper.

I'm horrible at getting around to recycling and Catholic guilt kills me, so I said in a conversation "if they had an electronic version, I'd buy one of them there Kindle thingies". Found out they did, ordered a Kindle, and immediately subscribed to the electronic version. A quick version of this review -- yesterday I called the St Pete Times and had them convert my daily subscription to Sunday-Only.

Cons:
- I miss the layout (visual) of the paper.
- Less stories make it.
- Less pictures make it (St Pete Times has AWESOME photographers!)

Pros:
- While I miss the layout.. I find the "shotgunning" of the articles finds me quickly reading the articles I want to read in depth, but still skimming through and getting the basic gist (sp?) of ALOT more of the news. I find that I'm actually reading way more of the paper.
- It's there when I wake up in the morning -- I'll be honest, on weekends, I found I'd read most of the paper by the web version before I'd bother breaking out of my cave and venturing out in the burning sunlight to grab the physical paper, so now it's available with a nice small portable device. Much better for the lazy vampires like me to haul into the bathroom for my "morning meditation" than a full laptop.

Cons I really want fixed:
- Less stories. My biggest problem -- today is likely the last non-Sunday I'll get the paper, and I compared it to the electronic version. There were 5 stories on the front page (I believe -- I left it in the truck with the other 200 copies I need to clean out, and don't feel like going out to grab it in my boxers at 11:30 at night), but the electronic version had only 2. I think every story that ranks important enough to hit the front page (actual full stories, not the small left-side-bar stuff) should be in the electronic version, period.

- Less pictures. I guess I should clarify that -- while some graphics/charts/etc are great, let's be honest -- this isn't USA Today. When I say pictures, I actually mean photographs. I know that the goal is to limit the size of the file (due to likely costs for shipping the data via the "Free" 3g), and I know that it's probably a pain trying to b+w the photos so they look good on the e-ink screens... please, MORE PHOTOS. St Pete Times sees fit to pay alot of GREAT photographers money to get their work, and I pay the St Pete Times to get their paper... I'd REALLY like to see them more! If this is easier, how about just add a few more to stories, then even have a section that's a compilation of various photos at the end. (That suggestion is due to me not knowing how the Amazon Kindle-format/package stuff is generated...maybe that'd make it easier to create, etc...)

Readers Digest/"tl;dr": I'm pretty happy over all. I'd hoped their price'd be a bit smaller (I want the sunday printed edition for coupons... rough math shows I'm probably saving 10 - 20 bucks/yr doing sunday delivery+Kindle, but lack of papers laying around and feeling a little nicer about treating the environment is OK), but I find I'm reading more of the paper. There are corrections/fixes that I think the St Pete Times need to do...but it's pretty darn good. I'm mostly happy/satisfied w/ the decision to go paper-less.

dave
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
The Kindle edition of the St Pete Times is wonderful to read and undoubtedly convenient. Great images sprinkled through out and most of the same content you see in the printed edition.

The only format issue I have is the upcoming sporting events in the sports section. The grid is huge, the text is small and its just poorly formatted.

The rest of the problems stem from the content being cherry picked as this is not the entire paper in digital form. You get most of the "good" and "relevant" articles but it is still feels lite. Sunday editions are probably the biggest let down due to lack of sale adds and other inserts.

Which brings up the price. If the St Pete Times offers a FULL digital edition at half the price of the Kindle edition on the St Pete Times website... I don't feel like I'm getting a good deal here. While its less than the print edition per year and you don't have ads in this edition at all... it just feels a little pricy. I know Amazon takes a cut but still...

UPDATE

I decided to re-subscribe and add a star. The reason is because I left town for the first time (since subscribing) and having the Kindle edition was amazing. I didn't miss a thing going on back home. I've read the paper more on the kindle than I have in the last 8 years living in this area. The ability and familiar feel of browsing a news paper is not lost in the kindle, it's just a little different and took time to get used to.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2011
As implied I was very skeptical of spending money for my newspaper im electroic form. I've been disappointed in the past with e-magazines but this is brilliant. The St. Pete Times has always been my paper and the kindle version is very well organised and you can almost feel the same effect of turning the pages. If I can be convinced and pleased with it, then it deserves my 4 star rating! One more thing, say goodbye to all those annoying, page littering adverts!
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on July 3, 2014
It doesn't come with any pics or advertising... just letters like a book... it was not what I hope to be.
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on March 21, 2014
I did not feel like I was reading the same paper that I had bought to compare it to. It was not worth it.
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on March 14, 2014
By far the best newspaper in Florida and one of the best in the nations (from a person that reads 3-4 - papers per day).
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on July 25, 2013
This paper is far superior to the Tribune in every way. If you live here you buy the Imes znd only the Times
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on May 22, 2013
Love getting the paper whenever I want. I was at the airport and what a relief as the flight was late and I had the paper to read
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on April 22, 2013
The kindle subscription if you buy it from amazon is $120 a year, if you buy it from the newspaper it is $50 per year. Why does Amazon think it needs to more than double the cost?
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