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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, the flagship magazine of the National Geographic Society, chronicles exploration and adventure, as well as changes that impact life on Earth. Editorial coverage encompasses people and places of the world, with an emphasis on human involvement in a changing universe. Major topics include culture, nature, geography, ecology, science and technology. For your convenience, issues are auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle at the same time the print edition hits the newsstand.

Product Details

  • Publisher: National Geographic Society (August 30, 2012)
  • Issues: 12 issues / year
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094ICZ0C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The review is for Amazon policy of its kindle magazine not magazine itself.

Before I continue, I want say I have been very happy with the service of Amazon for a long time until I have issues with my national geographic subscription. Amazon's policy makes me mad. the magazine looks so great with the kindle fire especially the 8.9 but Amazon makes me want to yell at them.

First of all, there are limited number of issues which can be stored in the cloud. only the most recent 7 issues can be stored. before I had time to read the issues before the last 7 they are deleted from the cloud without noticing me. I didn't get a chance to explore the possibility of downloading the old issues on my kindle or other device before they are deleted from cloud.

Second, after I realized what happened I decided to cancel the subscription. This time I downloaded all the issues in the cloud to my kindle(7 of them). I know they will delete the content from the cloud after it is cancelled. I got to access these seven issues from my kindle right after I cancelled subscription.I thought at least I got some damage control. today I turned on my kindle again and they disappeared. after 20 minutes on the phone I was told that it is Amazon' s policy to delete all issues from the KINDLE after the subscription is cancelled. Really?! I never heard anything more ridiculous than this? Basically I paid $1.99 a month for more than a year and at the end I didn't even get to read most of the magazine I subscribed? $@&=&:+#$(():

Stay away from Amazon e-magazine unless you want to be ripped off.
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First off. This is a beautiful magazine both in print and on the Kindle Fire. However to me this is a publication you want to keep as a reference in case you are ever going to make that exotic journey you planned and unfortunately this probably is not going to happen if you buy this from Amazon. There are a couple of things going on here.
1) There are a limited number (7) of back issues issues that can be kept in the cloud. You can keep more on the Kindle Fire itself, however all the Fires including the new ones do not have expandable storage. Color magazines like these are not tiny files and if you have some music plus books plus back issues of a couple of magazines (like I do) then onboard storage starts to diminish pretty rapidly.
2) And this is even more important. IF YOU CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION YOU WILL LOSE ACCESS TO ANY BACK COPIES STORED IN THE CLOUD. YES YOU LOSE WHAT YOU HAVE PAID FOR. Now again you can elect to "keep" the back copies on the KF but they eat up onboard storage and if you have several subscriptions you will have problems.
It is much better to use the Z i n i o app and buy publications through them. In this case they are always held in the cloud. The company also has a much wider range of offerings than Amazon and is often cheaper
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If you want to read this magazine on more than one Kindle device you have to buy it twice!!!!!! I am a subscriber to NG on my Kindle DX. I recently purchased a Kindle Fire HD 8.9. To get the magazine delivered to the Fire HD 8.9 you have to use the interactive app. NG can' t be delivered to the Fire HD in the normal way. The thing is, you have to buy another subscription through the app to get it on the Fire HD. I have 9 other magazine subscriptions with Amazon. None of them have such nonsense. I can read them all on either device as I choose. But, not National Geographic. I contacted Amazon CS and I was told that there is nothing they can do. If I want to read it on my Fire HD I have to buy another subscription through the app. The magazine itself is as good as ever but this policy on the part of Amazon and/or National Geographic stinks. So, I have to make a choice: continue to receive the magazine on the Kindle DX only or buy the subscription again just so I can read it on the Fire HD 8.9. I think I will cancel and get it from Zinio just on principle.
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I bought one digital copy, and I'll not do it again. The best feature of National Geographic is its pictures, and the digital edition doesn't include them! There was literally ONE picture for every article. To add insult to injury, the hard copy subscription (pictures and all) was cheaper.
I bought a regular sent-to-my-mailbox subscription instead.
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National Geographic is a wonderful magazine, but note the small print on the Kindle site. You CAN'T load the subscription on the Kindle HD Fire. So, you can only view it on other devices in black and white. I just cancelled my subscription. I hope Kindle doesn't have more "fine print" restrictions.
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I'm a huge fan of national geographic, but ever since I tried to renew my subscription on my kindle fire I find that I cannot because its not allowed unless you have a subscription to the physical copy. I'm extremely dissapointed that I cannot get it on my fire anymore
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I allowed my National Geographic Society membership to lapse so I could give the Kindle subscription a shot. I don't like magazines cluttering my house, I want to conserve paper, and I want my magazine subscriptions on-time even when I'm traveling. So far I thoroughly enjoy reading National Geographic on my Nexus 7. I have compared the electronic version to a print copy and I have all of the photos and all of the content. I'm not sure what's going on with other subscribers, but it works fine for me.

Why not five stars? The electronic version is more expensive than the print (something common to all magazines) and I'm no longer a member of the NGS, just a subscriber to their electronic edition. I have to assume I will no longer receive the maps, but for me that's not a big loss. To others it might be.
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