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I fired up the Kindle and saw some new content had arrived for the Onion (which happens once or twice per day). Upon opening the first story, I saw they had addressed the #1 problem I had with the service and it pushed the review up to 5 stars: they are now including pictures.
I know it doesn't seem like much, but it really adds to the humor. Previously, I'd read the articles on my Kindle while away from the computer... and then I'd end up going to the website so I could see the picture that I assumed should be there.
There have been a lot of complaints in these reviews about improper formatting, space between words, etc. All of these things have been worked out for a few weeks now, so you don't need to worry about that. I've subscribed to a few blogs/magazines on my Kindle and I'd say that the Onion is now some of the best-formatted content available. I'll post a few screenshots to show what it now looks like on my Kindle 2.
If you tried it before and you were unhappy with it, I urge you to try it again. If you wrote a negative review and your concerns have been addressed, please check it out again and update your review accordingly (if it changes your mind).
Fans of The Onion can now subscribe on their Kindle and be happy with the content they receive.
EDIT: I have uploaded a few screenshots of how the Onion content looks on the Kindle 2. You can see them under user photos at the top.
AMAZON: you might need to find a different way to manage reviews of things like this... it isn't a product, it is a service. Some of the "most helpful" reviews are over a year old. The service has since adjusted and updated so those reviews are (at least partially) no longer accurate... yet those are the first (and possibly only) reviews that a new user will see.
It's a cancel for me, I'm afraid, and I love the Onion.
He continued, "I like The Onion. There was a time I'd visit it every week for updates, which are always witty, sarcastic, and sometimes confused for real news. The paper edition, which resembles a pint-size USA Today, is also a lot of fun."
"Even better is the AV Club portion of the site, with music and movie reviews not found elsewhere. I'm particularly fond of Dan Savage's 'Savage Love' sex-advice column, and Wil Wheaton's reviews of old video games."
This loyal fan feels that the Kindle version isn't worth the asking price. The Kindle delivery system necessitates a certain style of formatting, using plain text, and occasional, minimal black and white graphics. Unlike its online equivalent, which is updated weekly, the Kindle edition has several small updates during the week, ostensibly to make this online publication resemble a weblog (or "blog") rather than a newspaper.
The reviewer began pacing around the room, gesturing manically. "What tears it is the complete absence of the AV Club!"
The description for this "blog" at Amazon's sales page states "A non-satirical entertainment section covering all aspects of the industry is offered, plus information, critique, and commentary about media and the arts."
"If it 'is offered,' I don't see where, because it didn't come up on my Kindle!" hissed the commentator. "This material should be treated as a weekly newspaper, and if it isn't complete, I see no reason to pay for it in this hobbled format. I'll continue to read it on my computer, as I have done for years ...Read more ›
What's neat is a new article from the Onion is sent to the Kindle every day (sometimes two or three articles, of varying length). In the evening, after reading the 'serious' news, it's nice to Kindle to the Onion and read the days feature.
"Man, I love having my favorite newspaper in a barely legible format and missing half the content for the low, low price of $1.99 a month."
"I can pick up a print version or go to the website to read the full version for free but, you know, what do you want for nothing?"
"There's all those words and articles in the full versions... it's like the Kindle is doing all the work reading for me. Thanks Amazon!"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
They reformatted the blog. No full stories. I paid for a blog not a link to a website! You have to be connected to wifi to read stories. The design is a mess. Read morePublished 12 months ago by D. Brown
If you like your humor a little skewed, you're in the right place. Every now and then you get a clunker, but overall I'm usually laughing out loud. Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Mike P
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Sorry Amazon, but this is awful. So many titles are not available due to stupid copyright restrictions. Read more
Hey; it's The Onion pushed to your Kindle. I really shouldn't say more.
But I will, anyway. Read more
I tried the 2-week trial, and canceled my subscription before that was even over! I love the Onion, but this is terrible. Read morePublished on December 18, 2009 by B. Dill
This is the first thing I read on my Kindle. I love the satire and sarcasm. Other gripes about the formatting are valid and it'll work itself out eventually when publishers realize... Read morePublished on October 18, 2009 by D. Strickland
love the onion but it wont let me access archived material. so i can only read todays stuff? i try to save them but i dont always get to it every day. Read morePublished on August 4, 2009
Despite what you may feel about The Onion (I love it), there's no question in my mind that the Kindle edition of The Onion is terrible. Read morePublished on April 15, 2009 by Adam