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The Onion [Kindle Edition]

by The Onion
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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The Onion is America's Finest News Source. It is the last bastion of unbiased, reliable, and definitive news in a world dominated by superficiality, mediocrity, and non-Onion news outlets. Founded in 1756, when Friedrich Siegfried Zweibel, an immigrant tuber-farmer from Prussia, shrewdly bartered a sack of yams for a second-hand printing press and named his fledgling newspaper The Mercantile Onion after the only words of English that he knew. Since then, The Onion has expanded into an omnipotent news empire complete with a 24-hour broadcast news division (The Onion News Network) and wildly successful website, TheOnion.com. It is a 10-time Webby Award winner, and ONN is a 2009 recipient of a Peabody Award for its online video broadcasts. Today, The Onion misinforms more than 7 million readers in print and online each month.

The Onion will be released on the Kindle every Thursday afternoon (Eastern Time) along with its sister publication, The AV Club, which explores the best and worst of film, television, music, books and games.


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  • Publisher: The Onion (November 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002KT1ZF8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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104 of 111 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Thanks to Amazon's 14 day free trials, I was able to try both the Onion Newspaper and the The Onion Blog. The main difference is the newspaper is weekly and the blog is daily. The newspaper and blog (website) articles are the same, however the blog contains just 63% (17/27) of the articles published within the previous four days whereas the newspaper contains 92% (34/37) of the articles published within the previous 7 days, based on the issues of each I used for this analysis. Paying for a blog, and only getting 63% of the updates (and not even all the updates for the current day) is appaling. Given this is fake news, I don't mind only receiving it once a week, and at least you are getting 92% of the articles published online and in the actual newspaper. Also, the newspaper includes all the [...] articles (approximately 35), which are real entertainment news including TV, Games, Film, Music, DVD, and Books reviews, interviews -- which you don't any of these on the blog. As far as the content, if you aren't familiar with it, just go to [...] and give it a twirl before coming here. These are deadpan satirical articles, not meant to be taken seriously by any stretch of the imagination. The articles sometimes miss the mark, but others are the funniest entertainment I can get anywhere, and well worth a couple bucks a month. [...]
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Formatted Slice of Satire October 22, 2010
By Oliver
Format:Kindle Edition
What more need be said about a publication that contains breaking headlines such as, "Art World Relived As Thieves Steal Pretty Terrible Late Period Renoir Work"? You get the subtle, sneaky humor, or you don't. For those that do, the issue at hand is whether the Kindle edition is worth the price.

As a new Kindle user, one of the things I look for in a magazine is not just the quality of what's inside, but how well its put together and formatted and how much I'm paying vs what get. Is it a hastily assembled afterthought with little real effort compared to the print or web version, or am I actually paying for something that sees fit to put a professional degree of effort into the product?

In my opinion, The Onion does a decent job in taking its silliness quite seriously.

*Formatting*
One of the major complaints among "serious" newspapers catering to the Kindle crowd is that pictures, graphics, and sometimes even whole sections are missing and formatting is often underwhelming with little attention paid to making use of the Kindle's abilities. Not only does The Onion include pics, graphics, and satirical political cartoons to enrich the experience, it is easy to navigate. One cannot help but get the impression that the other guys just aren't trying.

*Value*
The current price ($2.50 a month, or about $0.63 an issue rounded up) isn't too bad for what you get. You get more sections and articles than most mainstream magazines and papers in that price range, with sections devoting to skewering everything including News, Sports, Opinion, Entertainment, and others. Ten sections and in my premiere issue, 51 separate articles. That's actually a fully loaded magazine minus the ads (which if they did have they'd likely only make fun of anyway).
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really not a subscription to The Onion November 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
The Kindle addition has only a fraction of the weekly articles in The Onion online and print additions. Like 1/10 the content. I don't know why they refuse to provide the full issue when that is what Amazon prentends to be providing. Better to just go to the Onion website.
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Paper March 14, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
The Onion is a wonderful newspaper and a well kept secret. It is not a serious newspaper, it makes jokes, if you can't accept that then this is not for you
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Extremely funny & irreverent humor directly to your Kindle. I used to read the onion periodically on the internet and I've owned several of their anthology books. Recently I've been getting their video podcasts (which you need to check out...).

I noticed a few of the people who gave this a bad review simply didn't like the content. Before you buy this product go read The Onion's online materials. The Kindle edition mirrors it exactly. If you find it funny this purchase will be great for you.

The layout is the normal Kindle magazine type but the placing of the articles seems to be inconsistent. Sometimes the "real" AV Club reviews and things are in the front of the magazine and sometimes the fake news is on the front. Takes a few seconds to realize why it isn't funny. On that subject, I never used to pay attention to the AV Club on The Onion. It is basically a section that keeps up with pop culture and gives you book, game and music reviews. Very cool bonus from my perspective as the reviewers seem to know what they are talking about.

Overall, I think this is a great buy. It gives me something extremely light to read on the kindle and it is updated weekly.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly Intelligent and Stimulating March 4, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I do not believe there is a newspaper more enlightning than this journalistic masterpiece. This is money well spent.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some people just don't get it April 3, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I love The Onion. The coverage of Barbaro's funeral is still the funniest thing I've ever read in my life. Ronald Reagan coming back from the dead to run as a zombie on the Republican ticket for president is up there too. It's more MAD magazine than Wall Street Journal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sarcasm and Irony--Beware!
Sarcasm and irony at it's best---but weekly it can be a bit redundant--once a month I laugh out loud. Wish it would publish once a month--the best of the best....
Published 27 days ago by Maggie T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Occasioally Great
The article about God shooting Himself in leg made me laugh for 5 straight minutes.
Published 29 days ago by W. C. Kleist
3.0 out of 5 stars Pictures?
This review is for the app not the content. Where are the infographs, pictures and opinions? Otherwise great stuff.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Does nothing for me !
Published 1 month ago by LeeStewart
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't of interest to me.
Wasn't that interesting to me. Is it a joke? Or is it supposed to be real news. Didn't hold my attention.
Published 1 month ago by Denise Varnado
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I made a mistake in the download.
Published 2 months ago by John Schnackenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good stuff. The only news worth paying for.
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Glivic
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Disappointed I did not realize it was totally satire
Published 4 months ago by Patti B. Brabham
1.0 out of 5 stars the current news is so outlandish and unpredictable that it is...
Not very imaginative. I could not wait to leave the site. Expected something more edgy. Honestly, the current news is so outlandish and unpredictable that it is difficult to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Barbara J Wernicke
2.0 out of 5 stars This version is just not funny
This version of The Onion is just not funny. It breaks my heart to say so. The free content on the internet is much better. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Woman Writer Mary
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Yes! Thank you for asking this. I also am thinking of canceling my subscription as I want to read the av club and am not receiving it anymore. Where do we get an answer?????
Mar 31, 2014 by Donna Smith |  See all 13 posts
Onion Blog vs. Onion Newspaper for Kindle
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