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The Kindle edition of Slashdot fails at both online and offline reading: Headlines and capsule summaries are automatically downloaded whenever the site updates and my wireless switch is turned on, but to actually read the content, I need to fire up the (slow, monochrome) browser and fetch it from the web site.
The whole point of the /. site is to be linked to interesting tech stories, so it would be helpful to see TFA ("The Fine Article," as the slashdotters would say) with the downloaded content.
The same goes for reading the always-amusing reader comments on the site -- they aren't downloaded automatically, and paging through the sorted comments is a chore without a mouse or keyboard.
This half-online, half-offline approach is like the worst of all worlds. Until the delivery method is improved to the point that it sends the full data set, I'll stick to reading Slashdot in my browser or via Google Reader Mobile on my cell phone.
The information is good, but the link-heavy nature of this blog just makes it too distracting to read on the Kindle... at least for me. There are a lot of entries where I'd like to get more information and I end up having to click into the entry and fire up the beta-browser. This is just a clumsy approach and hitting the WhisperNet for this information is slow.
It seems to me if you subscribed to the blog, you should get the full story, not just the links.
Maybe I'm getting too old or I'm just a bit too impatient, but this seems to be an issue with several blogs I've tried; hopefully they'll figure out how to clean them up with more experience. Until then, there are other blogs that are a bit cleaner to read.
Now if we could just get Amazon to let us RE-evaluate blogs for free every 3-4 months without paying, as the content get better. :-/
Two HUGE improvements could be made to this product.
One, include a copy of the original article (perhaps there are legal reasons that you cannot edit and repost a web page, I don't know). Yes you can use the browser but see the small screen limitations above.
Two (most important), comments to the item are not included. If you read slashdot you know that one in ten comments are gems worth reading. It's sad not to see these. And believe me once you use the browser a few times to see them you just won't bother.
All in all, I like it and will continue past the 14 day free trial.
An Area that can be Improved: I think the URL's of the original articles the posts are based on should be included inside the snapshots. All of the posts were in quotes, but I was not able to figure out what the authors' sources were. Then I checked out the website on my computer, and I saw that I could access the original article via three more clicks from the main page.
P.S. I also was not able to vote on the "What Law Affects You Most" poll on my Kindle. But I did vote on the website. I suggest you check out the webpage and submit your vote as well. The options are: Newton's, Kepler's, Murphy's, Moore's, Common, Natural, CowboyNeal's.