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5.0 out of 5 stars Subscriptions: Kindle vs Digital vs Print
There is a lot of confusion about the subscription benefits between the Kindle vs Digital vs Print offerings that need some serious clarification. The Economist is a fantastic publication so I'm writing this to make sure people aren't giving the magazine undeserved flak, and that people here understand what's going on behind the scenes...
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Published 16 months ago by J. Civiletti
1,147 of 1,193 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Economist on Kindle
I was very happy and interested in the Economist on Kindle despite the cost until I learned that the subscriber content on the Economist web site is not included. This content which includes archived articles and the audio edition is only available to print or web subscribers. More info is available from the Economist @ 1-800-456-6086. For the cost involved the Kindle...
Published on July 1, 2009 by John Hennelly
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another minority report,
This review is from: The Economist - US Edition (Kindle Edition)Long time paper subscriber who switched to the Kindle edition when it was time to renew all my magazines this year. I chuckle at the reviews that suggest that subscribers to The Economist on Kindle must not have that strong a grasp of economics because we are getting less product than with a subscription to the print edition.
To which I counter: All valuations are subjective. Micro 101.
The Kindle edition appeals to me for its lack of advertisements, consistent arrival time, access without a constant internet connection, and the consumption of less paper. I seldom used the web site before, and never do now. At ~$120/year the loss of ads alone would be of value to me.
My only complaint is that graphs are not consistently scaled to be readable. Many are too small.
I appreciate that most readers here do not fall into the same category. But if you don't care about the web site, like ad-free mostly textual content, and your demand is relatively inelastic at $10 a month, the Kindle version is worth a look.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scam for current digital / print subscribers,
This review is from: The Economist - US Edition (Kindle Edition)If you currently subscribe to The Economist, which costs approx. $119 per year for print and digital content, the Amazon Kindle is the ONLY device that will not allow you to view the content without purchasing an additional subscription directly through Amazon. To be clear, The Economist subscribers are able to access the magazine, and audio, on any other Android device including smart phones and tablets, and both the iPhone and iPad allow this as well. Upon calling Amazon customer service about this, they explained that if you want the magazine on the Kindle you have to purchase a 2nd subscription - there are no plans to bring the currently available Android The Economist App into the Amazon app store. Additionally, even if you have not subscribed yet, by purchasing through the Amazon store (on this site) you pay the same price but do not receive any of the audio or additional content. At that price tag, I would say that is the most ridiculous scam I have heard of, and would have never thought Amazon would go to those lows. Let's hope they don't take a similar stance on other publications, which would break down the whole point of the tablet / electronic media movement which is mobility, sharing across devices, and a reduction of print materials.
69 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost a customer,
This review is from: The Economist - US Edition (Kindle Edition)I would buy a Kindle DX *only* to subscribe to The Economist (all else would be gravy!) if the subscription was $5 per month. At the offered price, both Amazon and The Economist are leaving money on the table.
No sale for me, and many others, based on the reviews I have skimmed below. Listen to your customers, and then figure out a way to make it happen! I'll buy a Kindle the very next day.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stick w/ the actual magazine,
This review is from: The Economist - US Edition (Kindle Edition)I assumed at over $10 a month that more care would have gone into developing the kindle edition. Many of the charts and graphs are so small the legend is unreadable which in turn renders the displays meaningless.
I canceled my kindle subscription after the first issue and will renew the physical magazine.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle vs Print Editions,
This review is from: The Economist - US Edition (Kindle Edition)I have been a regular reader of the Economist for at least forty years, and normally I read it more or less cover to cover. Contrary to some reviewers I do not think the Kindle edition is expensive. For me, now living in Ireland, its weekly price is less than the daily cost of a good Irish newspaper. Over the past four decades its editorial standards have varied--there have been times when I felt that its extremely bright editors were sometimes being just too clever for their own good. But in recent years it has been very good indeed. Its global and business news coverage is unsurpassed and presented in an accessible and very readable way.
But to be useful one needs to read it regularly soon after publication. When I was working, I travelled a lot, often for weeks at a time, and I alternated between a regular print subscription, supplemented by single copy purchases when I was away, or simply purchased it at local newstands wherever I was. When I retired and moved to Ireland the problem has been that there is no postal delivery on a Saturday. Sometimes Monday is a public holiday, so one gets it on Tuesday, and occasionally there are glitches and it arrives only on Wednesday. Since it goes to the printer at c.o.b. on Thursday, this makes it six days late.
When I was in the US this summer I experimented with the Kindle edition and liked it. So when I returned to Ireland, I cancelled my print subscription and took out a Kindle one, downloadable to my computer each Friday. In some respects it is an improvement on the print edition--its table of contents is a marvel of organisation, go instantly to articles of particular interest, and Kindle also knows exactly where you stopped reading. Its main drawback, and the reason I give it only three stars, is that the Economist is wonderful for its presentation of data , and that very many of its articles include statistical tables and charts. In print and on the website these are in colour. These are obviously available on the Kindle only in black and white--which is a drawback--but much worse is the fact that they are too small to be readable--at least by me by me but I would guess also by most people. There are too many to make it convenient to resort to the website or a magnifying glass. Increasing print size does not change the size of a chart or table. Since the print edition has been so well adapted to Kindle in other respects, perhaps a way to adjust table size could be found. Then I would give it five stars.
43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They Can Keep Paying for the Paper and Postage,
This review is from: The Economist - US Edition (Kindle Edition)Excellent magazine ... way overpriced.
At $10.49/month, the Economist is now, by a 17% margin, the highest priced magazine on the Kindle (over the Journal of the American Medical Association). Only 4 of 32 magazines are $5 or above.
Competitive weeklies such as Newsweek and Time are $1.99 and $1.49 respectively. Dailies! such as the WSJ, NYT, and FT are $14.99, $13.99, and $9.99 respectively.
Aggressive pricing would be to think you're worth as much as Time and Newsweek combined and charge ... $3.48, or maybe a little more. You could also say it's worth 1/3 of the NYT or WSJ ... which gets you to the same place.
Big disappointment. What are they thinking about?
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!! Please publicize this a bit more,
This review is from: The Economist - US Edition (Kindle Edition)I have been a devoted subscriber to The Economist for years. When my current position began to require a bi-coastal lifestyle I had to drop my print subscription as I could not keep track of each issue I received (my wife frequently misplaced them while I was out of town).
I sent several notes to The Economist asking them to provide an electronic copy of their newspaper. As soon I found The Economist available on the Kindle (today) I ordered a DX.
I feel the whole pricing issue that is currently the rage on Amazon is misguided. If the paper edition is sufficient for you then continue to use it. If the online version of The Economist is sufficient for you then continue to use it. I am happy to pay for the convenience of delivery of my edition of the Economist wherever I may be.
Thank you, Amazon and Kindle DX. Thank you, The Economist.
My only suggestion is to update the magazine list on the Kindle Amazon purchase page. I reviewed that page several times in the last few weeks looking for The Economist. I had to "dive" into the Kindle magazine page to find what I have been waiting for. I would have ordered a Kindle earlier if I had known.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Use eCalibre,
This review is from: The Economist - US Edition (Kindle Edition)Instead of buying this product, I would highly recommend getting a regular subscription and using a program called eCalibre that will download all the articles onto your Kindle via your computer. It's one extra step, but far better value for money.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Prisoner,
This review is from: The Economist - US Edition (Kindle Edition)I am a subscriber to The Economist, so I have both paper and web access to the magazine. The Economist has FREE downloadable apps for multiple devices, so that subscribers can read the magazine on their phones or devices, but there is no app for the Kindle Fire.
This appears to be Amazon's way of inserting itself into the cash flow river for magazine content. I am all in favor of profit, but this approach won't succeed. With few exceptions, serious readers of The Economist are going to get the full magazine content directly from the magazine publisher. They are not going to pay twice as much again for a watered-down version of this magazine just so they can read it on their Kindle or other tablet device. The same is likely true for most magazine and newspaper content.
People who buy tablets like the Kindle Fire want a device that is going to make content access easier, not more difficut. They not going to allow themselves to get imprisoned in the manufacturer's corral. That is the "America Online" approach to access, which we know ends in economic stagnation and dwindling market share.
I am sure that the secondary app market will address this problem soon enough and that I will be able to buy an app for $1.99 that will allow me to read The Economist on my Kindle Fire. It would be nice if Amazon recognized that it is on the wrong track and released its own app.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Happy With It,
This review is from: The Economist - US Edition (Kindle Edition)Overall, I am very pleased with the Kindle version of The Economist. This was required reading material for me in college, and years later, I am still hooked -- without having to do assignments and recite in class, thank goodness. The caliber of this magazine never fails to impress me.
Content-wise, The Economist covers a wide variety of current events. The magazine, published weekly, always starts off with a recap of what has happened in the world over the last week. Contrary to its name, it sums up all of the major headlines from international politics and relations to natural disasters to legal news. Of course, it also includes business and economic happenings as well.
From there, The Economist delves into its cover story and several other introductory articles which are usually unrelated to each other. Following this, there is a briefing on a particular subject, letters to the editor commenting on past stories, and a section focusing on digital highlights that can be found on the website.
The Economist primarily breaks down its content by region. There are sections dedicated to the week's events in the United States, the Americas, Asia, China, Middle East and Africa, Europe, Britain, and International. There are also other sections that are not broken down geographically: Business, Finance and Economics, Science and Technology, Books and Arts, and Economics and Financial Indicators. There is also a lengthy obituary for one person in each issue. Occasionally, there will be a special report included pertaining to a topic that is particularly relevant at that present time. There are also periodic publications within the magazine, such as the Technology Quarterly, that cover certain topics in further depth. Some job postings are also included.
There is a mixture of objective articles, subjective analyses, and opinion pieces in each section. Given this variety of writing, I wouldn't suggest The Economist for anyone who is looking for newspaper-style reporting. The authors are far less guarded in trying to mask their personal views. Personally, I greatly appreciate this type of reporting; however, I can't honestly represent it as everyone's cup of tea.
Another reason why I love The Economist is the variety of the content that it provides. They publish a good number of interesting stories that most people probably would have never seen or heard elsewhere. So you can read these and bring up them up at a dinner party so you can look extra smart in front of your friends. ;)
Onto the Kindle format since this is what has so many people up in arms... the Kindle version does omit a lot of the ads and some of the cartoons that you would normally find in the print version. Personally, I am pleased with the fewer ads, but I understand that some people do enjoy them since they are generally different that what you would find in other publications. I do miss some of the cartoons, though.
Because of the size of the Kindle screen, it is difficult to read from the page view without using the zoom function. However, zooming in is easy enough to do, so I really don't mind this. Also, you can switch from the page view to text view where the article appears like an actual book would on your device.
For the Kindle Fire, you can bring up a scroll function at the bottom of your screen by tapping it. From here, you can scroll from side to side to find a particular page (it shows a small picture of each page as well as a page number). Tap on that icon to go directly to the page you want, tap again to make the scrolling table of contents disappear. The only problem with this is that since the scrolling pictures are so small, it's hard to tell which page is which and which page you actually want to pull up.
What I have found a little frustrating is that sometimes my Kindle won't bookmark or sync my current page. When I try to resume reading, it pulls up the cover, and I have to go searching for my previous location. Now I always make a mental note of my current page number when I stop reading.
I do agree with others -- I am a little miffed that we don't get access to The Economist's online content through this subscription. I'm sure that there is some fine print in the relationship between Amazon and the magazine itself, but I would really like to see them iron out this wrinkle. For $9.99 a month, that content should be included. The price for the other digital subscription available through their website (one year) is less than $70, and it includes online-only content. The Kindle version costs almost as much as the print subscription (which also includes online-only content) yet still lacks this feature. It is rather frustrating.
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