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The News & Observer [Kindle Edition]

by The McClatchy Company
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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The News & Observer is the definitive source for coverage of ACC athletics, North Carolina government and politics and the Carolina Hurricanes NHL franchise. Headquartered in Raleigh, the state capitol, The N&O provides in-depth news, information and commentary about the Research Triangle region in print and online at Sports coverage centers on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and N.C. State University. The Kindle Edition of The News & Observer contains articles found in the print edition, but will not include some images and tables. Also, some features such as the crossword puzzle, box scores and classifieds are not currently available. For your convenience, issues are automatically delivered wirelessly to your Kindle starting at 6:00 AM Raleigh local time.

Product Details

  • Publisher: The McClatchy Company (November 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IT5MYA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good now - Still needs a few tweaks January 2, 2010
I am a long time subscriber to the N&O and a long time admirer of the Kindle. The Kindle version of the N&O has a lot of the daily content and local information but not nearly the wealth that comes daily in the print edition.

Many of the sports 'articles' that hit multiple games or sports are easy to overlook. The breaks between sections in articles isn't as well defined as it needs to be to really simplify Kindle navigation. This affects columns that have multiple topics as well (e.g.: Sue Stock's columns focusing on shopping - they typically have a main topic and then several bullet items below. The bullets blend together and are very easily missed.)

All in all I'm giving it 2 stars. With some small navigation tweaks they can get three stars. With more of the daily and national content from the print edition included they'll get four stars. To get five they'll have to surprise me.

--- Updated 8/2010
Adding a star for the inclusion of more daily and national content. Still waiting on weather...

In the interest of full disclosure I am canceling my subscription to the print edition. Even with these nits the Kindle version is good enough for me.

But seriously, would it kill you or break the bank to include a flippin' weather forecast?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed December 5, 2010
By Paul
I bought my Kindle with an N&O subscription in mind. I figured it would be good to have while I travel. I'm very disappointed. The N&O doesn't upload the Kindle version until 7:30 a.m., past the time when the paper is helpful to me on workdays. I've found a number of headlines that didn't have a story attached, and on one Sunday there was only one, yes one, story in the main news section of the Kindle version. I think it will be much more convenient to read the free version available on my iPhone app or to just bring my laptop to the breakfast table. This is a classic case of the people in the newspaper business showing poor judgment. They give away the iPhone and web versions of the paper for free. The version for which they are paid, the Kindle version, is significantly inferior to the free versions. I plan to end my subscription, if I can find where to do that on this site.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too many holes... December 8, 2009
By Chris R
Love my news and observer... also love my new kindle. A match made in heaven? Not quite. The content is similar except, no letters to the editor, no obits and most importantly, no national opinion. I can do without the first two, but the lack of national opinion pieces makes this a deal breaker. With a couple of tweaks, I could see this becoming my primary source for my paper.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a welcome addition November 19, 2009
I was a subscriber to the N&O for many years, but now live where it is not delivered daily. As a new Kindle owner, this is the perfect chance for me to get my paper delivered wherever I am. Thanks for adding the News and Observer. It's not nearly the paper it was 10 years ago, but I don't know any newspaper that has escaped these economic times unscathed.

I was thrilled to see the News and Observer's addition to the Kindle catalog, and I subscribed immediately.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much improved content, 10/2011 October 16, 2011
The News & Observer significantly upgraded the Kindle content in October, 2011, to include more national and international news, more letters to the editor, more editorial content, and also whole sections focused on neighborhoods: Cary, Midtown Raleigh, North Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Eastern Wake County, Garner-Clayton, Southwest Wake County, etc. Those neighborhood sections might only be published in the Kindle on Sunday, but it's still a major increase in the number of stories published on our favorite little reader.

The increased content spurred me to drop the Reuters newspaper subscription on the Kindle, which I think is excellent, and save 10 dollars per month. The 7-dollar N&O will provide what I need.

Still "missing" from the News and Observer are the weather forecast and anything printed in a table, such as "Sports-on-TV" listings, scores, standing, and statistics. Still, it is a terrific delivery vehicle for people on the go and people wanting Raleigh-Triangle-area content when not in the region.
-Doug in NC
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good enough July 21, 2010
I have subcribed to the print edition since I moved to the area in 2002. Like many readers, I have not liked some of the changes that have taken place, but when I compare the N&O to other papers, I remind myself that the N&O is a solid newspaper. The Kindle edition has too many gaps and problems with finding the important articles. You don't know if you are reading a front page story or the story on page 15. Letters to the editor are not clearly identified in the opinion section (yes, you can sort it out at the end of the letter). Comics are not included. I would suggest that the Kindle edition be free to subscribers to the print edition or at least at a reduced price. I would enjoy reading it while traveling or waiting someplace, but it cannot replace my print edition with its current format and content.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Content has diminished -- price remains the same September 23, 2010
I have been enjoying my News & Observer on Kindle -- but just a few days ago the content diminished / no obituaries. I have moved to a different county and wanted to be informed in case someone from my former county died.
As a subscriber to the Kindle edition -- how is it right to have the content lessened and the price remain the same?
Also -- why not have some ads, something alerting me to a place I could check for a coupon or sales on the website?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Minimal Content
Few stories arranged serially with no index or contents. Very disappointed in the N&O, since this app is almost useless.
Published 6 days ago by M. Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
prefer written copy
Published 4 months ago by blue blueone
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It well put together.
Published 7 months ago by Horace Watki ns
4.0 out of 5 stars There are drawbacks to The N&O Kindle edition similar to ...
There are drawbacks to The N&O Kindle edition similar to nearly all other periodicals in Kindle format but my biggest complaint is that many of the columns that appear in the op-ed... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars great regional paper
i wanted to keep up with what was happening in N.C. even though I was long gone to Illinois. the News & Observer is about the best way i found to do that.
Published 13 months ago by Phil Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Local news anywhere!
The paper does a good job reporting local, state, national and international news and is easy to access and navigate.
Published 16 months ago by Charles E. Spahr
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money!
So disappointed with the little bit of the paper you get & no comics. I am used to reading it on my computer or my husband's iPad but this is nothing like that. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good solid source for news!
I buy tis almost every Sunday for my Kindle. Even though this is a newspaper, I find that the Sunday edition contains more articles than some of the magazines sold for Kindle! Read more
Published 20 months ago by George A. Mchugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible
For area residents, this is a must have. The N&O will keep you up to date on the current issues, the players involved, and what, ultimately, is at stake.
Published 23 months ago by Mary McCluer
2.0 out of 5 stars Liberal, Liberal, Liberal skewed truth
I you're an ultral liberal you'll love this publication. Gives the reader a very skewed (to the left) view of what the truth is. Read more
Published on May 29, 2013 by speedbird196
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