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Initial post: Nov 19, 2011 1:17:18 PM PST
One of my goals for purchasing the Fire was the hope that I could eliminate my paper magazine subscriptions. I just subscribed to 3 magazines. But I'm disappointed to find that I can't bookmark a page or add notes to magazine subscriptions like I can a book. Why is that? Most of my magazine subscriptions are cooking magazines, so I want to be able to search them, add notes on what I thought of a recipe or ideas for changing them, and bookmark those that I would cook again. Am I missing something?

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 6:54:15 PM PST
J. Burke says:
I do agree that the lack of bookmarking or adding notes diminishes my attraction to subscribe to magazines. I also had hoped to replace my hardcopy magazines with the Fire versions. I hope these features are in development!

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 7:03:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2011 7:03:58 PM PST
Write to the magazine publishers with your suggestions. Digital magazines are still in the early stages.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2011 8:50:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2011 8:50:33 PM PST
Q says:
No, you missed nothing. Those are actual limits at present with magazines.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 9:28:31 AM PST
Steven Wolff says:
Is this a limitation of the digital magazine or Kindle?

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 3:10:24 PM PST
This is driving me crazy. I have to remember my page # for each magazine I am reading? I cannot even fold the page... I was so excited for the magazines but the is so disruptive...

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 8:07:07 AM PST
mdholm says:
I love my Fire but am disappointed with the magazine aspect. I expected much better. Although I will say that the magazine apps aren't bad.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 4:21:53 PM PST
I agree. I'm enjoying the Fire version of the magazines and did hope to replace my hard copies with the digital ones. I was dissapointed the first time I tried to bookmark a page and found that I could not. I even tried highlighting the text in the text view to no avail. Its possible, I guess to remember the article I was looking at then navigate there easily enough, but that's a lot of work if we're talking about remembering every article out of the magazines, especially if we're talking about something like Mens Fitness where you might want to have something out of several different issues. Then you've got to remember the issue and the article.

I'm hoping that these are issues that are being looked into and will be fixed in a future update to the fire.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 6:11:16 PM PST
Mel F says:
We can add notes to downloaded books on the Fire so it should not be such a stretch in technology to be able to do it with a magazine. And I agree with the thread that bookmarking the page in the magazine is very important otherwise you have to flip pages until you figure out what you read earlier if you don't read the whole magazine in one sitting.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 12:07:49 PM PST
Carol Woods says:
I just cancelled three kindle magazine subscriptions because I can't bookmark. I like to tear pictures/articles out of magazines and save them for reference -- organized like recipes, home interiors, crafts, etc. I would love to be able to tag a page in my kindle magazine, add it to an index I can organize, and be able to access my tagged pages via my index. Kindle/amazon let me know when you do this and I'll sign back up. fyi magazine folks I only get BHG now but was going to sign up for three more with my new kindle... will not be now...

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 4:22:26 PM PST
Debs says:
If I have a magazine subscription already, can I get it on my kindle fire without an extra charge?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 7:14:21 PM PST
Barbara says:
I've gotten free Kindle subscriptions to Time and Money magazines that I already have hard-copy subscriptions to. It was a pain though and took a day or so to process, but instead of telling you this, it just gives you an error until everything goes through.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 7:06:00 PM PST
I'd like to purchase the digital versions of a few magazines WITHOUT the paper copies. I too wanted to replace my print copies of a few magazines, but so far, it looks like the only way to get magazines on the Kindle Fire is by subscribing to the print version.... so we're still killing trees, which doesn't make me happy. Hope the digital only versions of a few of my favorites are available soon.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 7:29:29 PM PST
Fox Reader says:
I have not subscribe to hard copies for a long time because I was tight with money. Now, I think I will be able to afford subscriptions...the cheapest one. So, I would like to chime in and say that I agree that magazines should have bookmarks and add notes! I never thought about that. The easiest way to let Amazon know what we want is to send them a feedback from your Kindle Fire or the customer service on site.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2012 7:36:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 17, 2012 7:37:20 PM PST
M. Ratcheson says:
It really depends on the magazine. Some only seem to be available to print subscribers, as you say. Some, like The New Yorker (Kindle Tablet Edition) make the Fire version available to print subscribers at no extra cost, but it is also available separately, you can purchase the Kindle version without also having a print subscription. Hmm, I just discovered the Fire version of Bon Appetit is no longer available?? But I'm pretty sure that when I subscribed to it, having a print subscription did not entitle you to the Kindle Fire version, though the Fire version was available for $1.99 a month.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 7:53:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 17, 2012 7:54:17 PM PST
I have one magazine subscription and it is a glaring omission not to have bookmarking capability. The only reason I am keeping the subscription is that the magazine I subscribe to is mostly short stories and novellas/novelettes and I can often read them in one sitting. But a lack of bookmarking is definitely preventing me from delving into any more subscriptions.

I suspect there eventually will be that capability and I suspect I will subscribe to more magazines at that time.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 6:59:35 PM PST
I agree and hope bookmarking and searching with magazines is in he works. I tear out page after page of hard copy magazines for future reference. Was so excited thinking my digital subscriptions would eliminate this. Its a bit silly to not even be able to pick up where you left off in a magazine. Back to paper I go.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 8:08:16 PM PST
CandyGirlNJ says:
I previously had a Nook Tablet where all the magazines I read automatically bookmarked my place without me adding a bookmark even. I'm really disappointed this feature isn't on the Kindle Fire. It is very annoying having to remember my place I left off on in a magazine. Hope bookmarking will be added because the lack of it on the Kfire, is absurd

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 12:34:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 1, 2012 12:34:53 PM PST
Mel F says:
i agree 100% on the need to be able to cut / paste or email portions of what you read to others or yourself..... but don't you get back to where you left off when you open the magazine again??

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 11:05:22 AM PDT
Is it possible to change the font size when reading a magazine on Kindle Fire? My dad has poor vision and I'm wondering if the Kindle Fire would be a good gift for him

Posted on May 10, 2012 9:14:42 AM PDT
Judi N says:
I'm confused. So I CAN'T subscribe to People and EW without getting hard copies? I don't want paper copies to put in the landfill, which was one of the reasons for a Kindle. Isn't there a way to just get the Kindle edition and not get the paper one??????

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 9:11:39 AM PDT
Judi - I'm having the same problem and am really frustrated! I don't understand why we can't have Kindle editions without the paper copies - I don't want paper copies cluttering up my house, or to have to dispose of. Does anyone know of a solution to this problem?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 9:19:57 AM PDT
Seems like this is a publisher's decision. Have you tried writing to them?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 4:45:42 PM PDT
I can save notes and highlight my magazine from my kindle so why not fire? How is it the publisher?

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 6:17:57 PM PDT
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