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What is still a problem today is that
(1) There are no images, and the image template code or HTML is being passed through as raw code.
(2) There is no paragraphing. All articles are one giant paragraph (unless there are subheads to break them up.
Doesn't anyone at Ars have a Kindle? Don't they test their own dog food? Should Conde Nast be paying more attention to this?
I'm giving them 2 stars since at least the content is now coming through, and if you are into 19th century long-paragraphed literature, it's readable, after a fashion.
Update: The feed was finally fixed and the images and paragraphing appeared. That lasted about two months, and then, here we go again: The images disappeared a week or two ago. The paragraphing is O.K. I think the moral of the story is that this is not the most reliable Kindle blog feed there is, so expect occasional problems to pop up. I wish someone at Ars would subscribe to their own feed so they can keep an eye on it. And if they ever gett it working again, leave it alone!
The formatting works well on the Kindle, and I haven't had any problems with the exception of some links to videos which obviously can't be reproduced.
Overall, for the $0.99/month pricetag, the amount of content you get is outstanding when compared to other kindle blogs (or even magazines/newspapers). Most others I subscribe to charge twice as much for half the content. After subscribing to Ars Technica, I've actually found it kind of difficult to keep up, but the plus side is that I always have something to read.
Though it could be so much better. The links to past articles open the web browser instead of opening local articles. So if you aren't connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi or 3G, you can't read those references.
The most irritating thing about reading Ars on the Kindle? Any text tagged as code in the article *will not* display on the Kindle. In it's place is a message about how the formatting is not compatible with Kindle. This means that you are not able to read in-line quotes (i.e. chat logs from the HBGary coverage) and other embedded text within the articles.
For the convenience of wireless delivery and offline availability of articles, it's a great value at $0.99 per month.
The Ars Technica blog provides a good mix of topics. For example, today I read a couple articles that were legal related (copyright, muni wifi), a game review, some mobile phone stuff, and others. The Kindle edition of this blog gives you 20 articles at a time with the old ones rolling off the end. I haven't pursued determining the number of times that it updates during the day, but then I only read it once or twice a day.
My trial subscription is about over, but I'm going to keep it and support the content that I need with my dollars.
Ars Technica has been a trusted source for computer, video game, technology and science news for many years, and is now available on the Kindle. It is updated daily (fewer updates on the weekends) and is always packed with interesting and useful articles.
My only complaint is that there's TOO MANY articles coming in too quickly! It's not uncommon for an article to last less than a single day before being bumped off by new articles. If you don't read it every single day, you'll miss stuff.
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