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The News & Observer is the definitive source for coverage of ACC athletics, North Carolina government and politics and the Carolina Hurricanes NHL franchise. Headquartered in Raleigh, the state capitol, The N&O provides in-depth news, information and commentary about the Research Triangle region in print and online at newsobserver.com. Sports coverage centers on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and N.C. State University. The Kindle Edition of The News & Observer contains articles found in the print edition, but will not include some images and tables. Also, some features such as the crossword puzzle, box scores and classifieds are not currently available. For your convenience, issues are automatically delivered wirelessly to your Kindle starting at 6:00 AM Raleigh local time.

Product Details

  • Publisher: The McClatchy Company (November 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IT5MYA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Alan Booth on January 2, 2010
I am a long time subscriber to the N&O and a long time admirer of the Kindle. The Kindle version of the N&O has a lot of the daily content and local information but not nearly the wealth that comes daily in the print edition.

Many of the sports 'articles' that hit multiple games or sports are easy to overlook. The breaks between sections in articles isn't as well defined as it needs to be to really simplify Kindle navigation. This affects columns that have multiple topics as well (e.g.: Sue Stock's columns focusing on shopping - they typically have a main topic and then several bullet items below. The bullets blend together and are very easily missed.)

All in all I'm giving it 2 stars. With some small navigation tweaks they can get three stars. With more of the daily and national content from the print edition included they'll get four stars. To get five they'll have to surprise me.

--- Updated 8/2010
Adding a star for the inclusion of more daily and national content. Still waiting on weather...
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In the interest of full disclosure I am canceling my subscription to the print edition. Even with these nits the Kindle version is good enough for me.

But seriously, would it kill you or break the bank to include a flippin' weather forecast?
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I bought my Kindle with an N&O subscription in mind. I figured it would be good to have while I travel. I'm very disappointed. The N&O doesn't upload the Kindle version until 7:30 a.m., past the time when the paper is helpful to me on workdays. I've found a number of headlines that didn't have a story attached, and on one Sunday there was only one, yes one, story in the main news section of the Kindle version. I think it will be much more convenient to read the free version available on my iPhone app or to just bring my laptop to the breakfast table. This is a classic case of the people in the newspaper business showing poor judgment. They give away the iPhone and web versions of the paper for free. The version for which they are paid, the Kindle version, is significantly inferior to the free versions. I plan to end my subscription, if I can find where to do that on this site.
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Love my news and observer... also love my new kindle. A match made in heaven? Not quite. The content is similar except, no letters to the editor, no obits and most importantly, no national opinion. I can do without the first two, but the lack of national opinion pieces makes this a deal breaker. With a couple of tweaks, I could see this becoming my primary source for my paper.
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I was a subscriber to the N&O for many years, but now live where it is not delivered daily. As a new Kindle owner, this is the perfect chance for me to get my paper delivered wherever I am. Thanks for adding the News and Observer. It's not nearly the paper it was 10 years ago, but I don't know any newspaper that has escaped these economic times unscathed.

I was thrilled to see the News and Observer's addition to the Kindle catalog, and I subscribed immediately.
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The News & Observer significantly upgraded the Kindle content in October, 2011, to include more national and international news, more letters to the editor, more editorial content, and also whole sections focused on neighborhoods: Cary, Midtown Raleigh, North Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Eastern Wake County, Garner-Clayton, Southwest Wake County, etc. Those neighborhood sections might only be published in the Kindle on Sunday, but it's still a major increase in the number of stories published on our favorite little reader.

The increased content spurred me to drop the Reuters newspaper subscription on the Kindle, which I think is excellent, and save 10 dollars per month. The 7-dollar N&O will provide what I need.

Still "missing" from the News and Observer are the weather forecast and anything printed in a table, such as "Sports-on-TV" listings, scores, standing, and statistics. Still, it is a terrific delivery vehicle for people on the go and people wanting Raleigh-Triangle-area content when not in the region.
-Doug in NC
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I would not buy this again, even though it only costs $0.50. Purchase one of the other national papers - there were probably only 4 - 5 stories of any length on topics specific to RTP and NC. Even then, they were very short. It would be far easier to go to their website (if their website allows similar one time access). The remaining articles were very short, and any other stories of length were actually pulled from other publications (Washington Post was the one I remembered).
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I have subcribed to the print edition since I moved to the area in 2002. Like many readers, I have not liked some of the changes that have taken place, but when I compare the N&O to other papers, I remind myself that the N&O is a solid newspaper. The Kindle edition has too many gaps and problems with finding the important articles. You don't know if you are reading a front page story or the story on page 15. Letters to the editor are not clearly identified in the opinion section (yes, you can sort it out at the end of the letter). Comics are not included. I would suggest that the Kindle edition be free to subscribers to the print edition or at least at a reduced price. I would enjoy reading it while traveling or waiting someplace, but it cannot replace my print edition with its current format and content.
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