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Lacking in content
on January 12, 2010
I really wanted to like the Kindle version of the Miami Herald, but I just cancelled my subscription and do not wish to pay for this Kindle newspaper.
My biggest gripe would have to be the duplication of articles. In any given Kindle edition, there are 2 or 3 duplicated articles, sometimes all under one section, sometimes spread out over several sections. I get done reading an article, hit next page, and am confronted with the same article under a different title causing me to question whether or not I actually hit next page. Ex: In today's newspaper, January 11, 2010, there is two articles in the Local section: "Miami-Dade plans to fight state's rejection of slots at MIA" and "Slot machines at Miami airport aren't dead yet." While reading the headline gives you a false sense of different articles, they are the same. I am not sure how the paper edition of the Miami Herald compares, but I find it to be a big waste of my time as the reader to read the same article over and over again.
The Miami Herald is the biggest newspaper available for the Florida keys, and the city of Miami itself is a decent size, yet the Kindle edition newspaper gives on average just 30 articles to cover local, state, and world. The sports section is the biggest section on the kindle boasting an average of 50 articles between Sports Wire and Sports. I want my newspaper to tell me news, not sports; that is what ESPN is for! A quick highlight of the sports coverage is more than sufficient.
The weekend addition of the newspaper is better with special sections like Travel, Neighbors, Editorial, and Home an Design, but still lacking in content. I really wish they would incorporate at least some classified ads (on the weekends only) or some comics. I agree with the other reviewer that the local legend Dave Barry is missing, which is a real shame.
The business section, when it is available, is sorely lacking with usually less than 5 articles. The Tropical Life section should really be called Arts and Entertainment.
Overall, this kindle paper is sorely underused. After reading it daily for over a week, I became bored with the articles, nothing newsworthy in them. I won't be wasting my money on this subscription unless they come out with a weekend only subscription to catch me up on the weekly happenings.