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Should be called "The Abridged Oregonian"
on September 24, 2010
I'm fairly new to eReading. My wife just recently upgraded from a Kindle to a Nook (so she could download library books). I got her hand-me-down Kindle 2.
We've been Oregonian free for a couple of months (the price had gone up and we wanted a break for the summer). I missed reading the Newspaper so I decided to give the Kindle version of Oregonian a chance. The first thing to say is that boy is this convenient. I grab my Kindle as I head out to work and the Oregonian is ready to read.
The digital download does seem fairly close to the actual paper version (minus the advertising). It's easy to navigate and has the photos you'd expect. So if you are interested in reading just the news then you should appreciate the electronic version.
However, what is glaring to me is what's absent. You won't find the following:
* Individual Stock Information
* Movie listings
The absence of comics and weather might be a deal killer for me (that's what I went to first when reading the paper version). I'll give it another week or two before I decide.
* It's never late, wet or lost.
* No papers to recycle (which I guess makes this a greener solution)
* It's Abridged
* It's harder to share than a newspaper
* It contains a surprising number of formatting errors and typos (mostly missing spaces or unexpected line breaks).
The price is less than advertised home delivery subscription. However, this is the first time I've paid full price for any Oregonian subscription. I always paid the "intro price" because I always cancel the paper when the cost went up (they always call after cancelation to offer the "intro price" again). Also since the Kindle version has no advertising (which means no coupons) it's hard to take advantage of the cost savings that provides (it doesn't take too many $10 off Safeway coupons to pay for a paper). Because of this, I find it hard to justify the Kindle version as being alot less expensive.
Is the Kindle version a good value? Maybe. It just depends on what convenience is worth to you and whether you can live without the missing sections.
Sept 30, 2010 version has a glitch were all of the articles are truncated - meaning they stop mid sentence long before the article is over. Hopefully this is a one time glitch. So, I'd add to the cons list, that the Oregonian appears to be still working through the technical details of ePublishing.
Update: Jan 2011
I've read the Kindle version of the Oregonian for about 4 months and have decided to cancel my subscription (at least for awhile). It turns out that with the current Oregonian promotions it's cheaper to have the Oregonian delivered. We also found ourselves buying the Sunday paper because of coupons which takes the Kindle version out of the running for being cheaper. But the final straw was that I couldn't put the subscription onto the iPad that is jointly used at our house. I can move books around to different devices (including the iPad), but it appears that newspaper subscriptions can only be sent to a Kindle device.
When the current promotion runs out I may start up the subscription again, but I think the Oregonian should consider allowing the subscription to work on the Kindle software on an iPad and consider a electronic plus Sunday physical delievery subscription option.
Update: Jan 2012
I bought myself a Kindle Fire in November, so I tried the Oregonian again (because Amazon allowed me another 14-day free trial). I definitely like reading the Oregonian much better on the Kindle Fire than the older Kindle. But the Oregonian still has most of the drawbacks that caused me to discontinue it before. It seems like every day there is a garbled article or two. I find that very disappointing since they've had a year or more to work out these funky formatting issues. I also leave for work about 5:30AM and the Oregonian is delivered electronically after that. I don't have Wi-Fi access for my Kindle Fire at work(my Fire refuses to work on Wi-Fi w/a proxy that requires you to login) which means I can't read the Oregonian on my Fire until I get home. My older Kindle had 3G so this wasn't an issue. Granted this isn't an Oregonian issue, but it does mean that I can't read the Oregonian in the morning. Given all of that, I've discontinued the Oregonian again. Personally, I think other local web sites (like KATU) offer similar quality local news free. That makes it hard for me to justify an electronic subscription to the Oregonian.