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Hidden costs and unmentioned flaws
on October 25, 2009
The preview image for the Kindle version of the Telegraph includes a large, attractive colour image. You won't find this in the international Kindle edition. The Kindle itself doesn't support colour, and Amazon has seen fit to deny subscribers access to images and tables. Additional issues include the (unmentioned) fact that the Sunday edition is excluded and the (also unmentioned) additional $4.99/week cost to automatically receive the journal while outside the US. I feel a strongly worded letter to the Telegraph may be in order.
As for the content, the Telegraph is, like the other "broadsheet" UK newspapers (the Times, the Guardian and the Independent; although the Telegraph is the only one which actually remains a "true" broadsheet in the flesh) consistently well written, and although it's notionally to the right of the other three, its partisanship is sufficiently nuanced that you don't have to be a fulminating tory to read it. I'm not actually a Conservative supporter, I just prefer the Telegraph for its more traditional style. The Kindle edition is easy to navigate, though very different from reading a newspaper, and you will probably find yourself spending more time reading articles you might have skimmed over with the digital edition. I've noticed minor errors in the type (often the first letter is lost from an article) which are presumably introduced in the digitisation process.
The lack of the Sunday edition, and of even a basic set of images (I accept I'm not going to get the Sunday magazine) strikes me as crazy; hopefully at some point Amazon will see sense, or else Ofcom will intervene in what are presumably punitive network charges being passed on to the end user.
EDIT: as of 29 Nov 2009, the Sunday edition seems to be being delivered - including the magazine(s). Still no pictures, though.