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What? No comics!!!??? (Revised)
on November 29, 2010
I live in the boondocks and this time of year, our rural gravel road is often impassable for the paper delivery person. I also get up very early. I hoped the Kindle edition would allow me to read the "paper" (can I still call it a paper?) every morning, by 3:30 am, and without having to trudge 200 feet down the drive through the ice and snow to the paper box.
I discovered the Kindle edition is not delivered until about 4:30 am. There are no comics or weather in the Kindle edition. Photos are few and far in between, so far, but I've only received it for 3 days, so maybe I need a better sample size. I will probably cancel before my 14-day trial is up and try the Lewiston Tribune.
It does include Jim Kershner's Saturday feature article, a highlight of the Spokesman Review for me and a plus for the Kindle edition.
Review addendum, Dec 8, 2010. Well, now that I've had the subscription for a couple of weeks, I've softened my rating a bit, from a 2 to a 3. My prior gripes (the late delivery and the lack of comics) still stand, but there are several things I really like about the Kindle subscription.
First big like: No ads! That's really nice. I love having nothing but the story contents.
Second: Unlike a print newspaper, there is none of the old "article continued on page xxx". You get to read the whole thing without pawing through a bunch of newsprint pages to find the last couple of paragraphs.
As for the delivery time, I am truly baffled as to why the Kindle edition isn't ready a few computer-processing nanoseconds after the print edition is finalized. The print edition is in digital format. Doesn't it just take a little software to put the articles in Kindle format? How can it take the same amount of time for the Kindle edition to be created as it does to print the newspaper, drive the papers to Pullman, distribute them to the carriers, and have the carrier drive to my place and deliver it? It makes no sense.
I'm glad the Kindle edition doesn't automatically deliver the classified ads and the other space hogs, but it seems that classifieds, stock prices, etc. could be downloadable on demand.
The article index is okay, cumbersome to navigate, but adequate.
I still get the print subscription, although mainly for my husband's benefit, but I also like having the comics. I will keep the Kindle edition for now and hope for some improvements.