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Asimov's Science Fiction Kindle Edition

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Asimov's Science Fiction magazine has published outstanding short fantasy and science fiction by today's leading authors for over 30 years. We continue to showcase stories that are innovative, entertaining, and have won numerous Hugos and Nebula Awards. In addition to fiction, readers stay informed about SF and fantasy through a monthly editorial column, an Internet column, insightful book reviews, and thought-provoking articles about science and science fiction. Asimov's is home to many bestselling authors, including Connie Willis, Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Kristine Katherine Rusch, and Stephen Baxter.

The Kindle Edition of Asimov's Science Fiction contains most articles found in the print edition, but will not include all images. For your convenience, issues are auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle around the same time the print edition hits the newsstand. The digital subscription consists of one issue each month. April/May and October/November are double issues.


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By C. Schramke on November 8, 2008
I've read Asimov's for years, and when I saw it available for the Kindle, I returned to my favorite source of short fiction. What an appropriate setting for a science fiction magazine.

I knew that in going to the digital version, I would loose the wonderful artwork that frequently graces the pages of Asimov's. What I didn't expect was the poor formatting of the content. The text runs continuous through each edition, with no page breaks. The end of each article has a link to take you back to the table of contents, but otherwise, one line down brings you to the next item in the magazine. I'd appreciate page breaks at the end of each article or story -- something to bring some mental closure before being jolted immediately into the next.
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The November 1, 2009 issue of Asimov's Magazine (received September 2nd) has now been vastly improved with it's new formatting designed to take advantage of the Kindle. Past commenters have correctly complained about the difficulty of moving from story to story. This is no longer a problem. As is the case with most Kindle newspapers, there is a "View Sections List" at the bottom of the screen, which provides access to a Novella (1 story), Novelettes (5 stories), Short Stories (4 stories), Poetry (6 stories), and Departments (7 stories). The beginning of each story also provides the word length of the story, which is really helpful for the reader to know if he or she has time to read the story. This particular issue is crammed with more than 100,000 words of fiction - a super bargain for $3. I am so thankful that this terrific little magazine now takes full advantage of everything Kindle has to offer. If you like Science Fiction, you'll find some of the very best writers each month at Asimov's!
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This is a very good magazine. But, as another reviewer has said, there is no advantage taken of any of the Kindle's features here. There are no links to a Table of Contents, and, there is no way to navigate the issue easily.

This might seem like a minor annoyance. But, if you don't create a "note" immediately to the first page, you will need to page back, page back, page back, etc. to get back to the first page. It becomes a pretty big hassle navigating if you don't create a note on page one immediately, before reading any further. There is a "Contents" page on page one, with links... But, you need to craft your own link to it.

That's just how periodicals are on Kindle; if the publisher takes no care to format the issue, it is essentially a flat core dump of text.

It is a pity that the publisher of Asimov's didn't put at least a tiny bit of effort into formatting this to be user-friendly.

You do pay a premium for a format that is greener; and it must cost less for them to produce. Yet, you don't get anything in the Kindle edition (as of this writing anyway) that takes advantage of the fact that this is a digital medium.

I want to give this full marks, but this is not a great effort on formatting for us!

But, you do get the convenience of portability. Just remember though -- it is not a magazine that puts any thought into the medium...
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I just wonder why the print version on this magazine is $3 less per year than the kindle version?
Seems a bit odd to me. Doesn't the Kindle eliminate the need to print and mail this?
Once it is lowered in price, I am all over it.
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This is an excellent source of science fiction literature. Until Amazon admits that fact and quits treating it like a newspaper, I will give it the lowest rating possible. A zero for integrity and customer service would be the most honest rating. I have to keep every issue I purchase on my device, because otherwise Amazon will remove them from my library after I acquire 7 issues. It may be a funny concept for Amazon, but when I buy a hard copy of a book, I own it and can place it on a shelf in my spare room and always have access to it when I want it. Why does Amazon believe that I have no right to an anthology of short stories that I've purchased because the hard copy is printed on pulp paper? If Amazon thinks back issues in my Kindle library take up too much room on Amazon's cloud server, then Amazon has to make it possible and easy for me to back up my issues on my computer hard drive. However, I would be content if I was allowed to keep as many issues as I've purchased in my kindle library without Amazon committing the digital equivalent of book burning.
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I've been reading a lot of the reviews here, and they tend to focus on the Kindle-unfriendliness of the Asimov's. Well, they listened, did a major redesign, and it's now a real joy to read on my brand-new Kindle. Top short stories well presented!
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It would be disingenuous to claim that Asimov's initial Kindle format was bug-free. Sure there were a few. For me, the biggest issue was not being able to get a real sense of the length of the story before I
started it. That's now been fixed - with the addition of word counts at the head of each story. The revised and improved format is truly excellent. Navigation is fast and easy. Categorization is intuitive. The all-important cover art is clear and simple to locate. The slate background makes the physical act of reading pleasant and relaxing. And, of course, the content remains unparalleled. Quite simply the finest SF magazine on the market. Read. Discover. Imagine. Cherish.
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