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Yep - Good but not Great,
This review is from: The Wall Street Journal (Kindle Edition)I've been giving the kindle version of the WSJ a try for the last week. I'm also currently a print version subscriber, but not an WSJ Online subscriber. I agree with a previous reviewer that this is a good but not great product. Here's what's good:
- Ready for me to read every morning, and I don't have to go outside to get it.
- Includes articles from the Online version at the end. I've not seen anyone comment on this. This is nice, and allows news that breaks after the paper goes to press to be added to the download.
- Easier to read (no fighting with the paper itself)
- Hands stay clean
- At $120 per year, this is a good value vs. the print version at $250 per year. And I don't think comparisons to the cost of WSJ online are valid. The kindle version can go with you and be read anywhere, just like the paper version. The online version cannot.
- No ads
Here's what I need to see to call it great (are you reading this WSJ?):
- The What's News section. NO IDEA why this is not included now. Makes no sense. No pictures - that I understand. But why the What's News section is not included is beyond me.
- I want every article to have a small lead-in after the headline like what is included with the articles found on page one of every section. This gives me some idea of what the article is about because the article headline is not always descriptive enough. Even if you just give me the first sentence... With the paper version you can quickly scan the the first few sentences to see if this is an article of interest. Can't do this with the way the current kindle version of the paper is produced.
- I do miss the the pictures, althought the famous WSJ line drawing head shots are included. Would like to see some pictures eventually.
Ultimately, I think I will convert to the kindle edition. If some of my wish list items above are added, it will be a no-brainer.
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Initial post: Feb 15, 2008 2:56:09 PM PST
Derek Hasselhoff says:
As an interesting aside to your comment about the WSJ kindle-version's lack of a "What's News" section, the standard WSJ.com online subscription doesn't include this section either.
For whatever reason, this section has always been limited to the print edition of WSJ.
In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2008 6:10:44 PM PDT
M. Yergin says:
As of May 29th, What's News is now part of the Kindle edition of the paper.
Posted on Mar 1, 2009 1:41:31 AM PST
"- At $120 per year, this is a good value vs. the print version at $250 per year. And I don't think comparisons to the cost of WSJ online are valid."
Huh? The print edition (including WSJ online) is $140 per year, not $250. Print alone is $120. Online alone is $104.
But more important, it is a valid comparison: You can take the online version ANYWHERE the Kindle has a connection (ie, almost anywhere) and access the cheaper online version for less money.
Posted on Mar 5, 2009 12:53:07 PM PST
Gary Clark says:
Just began reading the WSJ on my Kindle....some confusion.....my issues are a "day late" ie., todays (Thursday, March 5, 2009) download is yesterdays (Wednesday, March 4, 2009) issue. Since it is an "electronic version", Kindle format, will this change so the issues are "current" ie, todays issue? Please comment........for the monthly fee I question the value in reading yesterdays news....particularly financial news and market reports. I will lose the "pro-active" position for a re-active position...not good with this economy.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2009 6:55:14 PM PDT
WSJ is routinely on sale for $99 per year for new subscribers.
Posted on Jan 11, 2010 5:38:15 PM PST
Noah Kimmel says:
If you subscibe to the Journal, or if you are a student, are there any discounts available? As a student i get a print subsciption discount below Kindle price, and as a current subsciber I would like to get a discount to recieve the paper wirelessly as well (shouldnt ahve to pay 2x for same thing).
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2010 7:02:51 AM PST
cycling bob says:
My WSJ subscription expires Mach of this year. Been told renewal for a year would be over $450.00. Where did you get the $120.00 amount?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2010 3:15:20 PM PDT
B. C. Culp says:
$99/year is obtainable--even for a renewal. I just received a $249 bill for the WSJ just like I did last year. To get the $99 price you must be willing to let the subscription expire and be willing to receive endless phone calls. Simply hold out and they will cave.
Posted on Sep 25, 2010 4:54:56 PM PDT
The Kindle price has gone up significantly since the first review was written. At 14.99/month that's now closer to $180/yr (179.88). That price difference is absurd. Even subscribing on line through the WSJ the first year price is only 119.00.
It's as if the WSJ is trying to kill the Kindle edition in favor of their on-line version.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2010 12:05:01 PM PDT
Tom Cooper says:
I too noticed that as well.