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New Statesman [Kindle Edition]

by New Statesman
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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The New Statesman (est. 1913) is Britain's leading and best written political, cultural and current affairs magazine. It is elegant, stylish and published weekly. The magazine's award-winning team of editors and writers seek only to engage its readers with great writing, clever insights and trenchant argument, not pander to fashion nor stoop to please the crowd. Its mission is to provide its influential readership with a rigorous and intelligent examination of our political culture as well as to amuse and entertain. Reading the New Statesman puts you right at the heart of the debate; our contributors are worldly, thoughtful, curious and demanding and the best in their fields. Their wit, humour and good judgment mean that the New Statesman is that rare thing - a really good read. A treat, not to be missed.

The Kindle Edition of New Statesman contains most articles found in the print edition, but will not include letters and competition pages or images. For your convenience, issues are auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle at the same time the print edition hits the newsstand.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read on kindle 2 Jan. 2011
An excellent read on the kindle (which seems particularly well suited to periodicals). I actually enjoy this more on Kindle than on paper, the presentation is good and article selection astute. It makes me chuckle often. Occasionally it informs me too. Between this and The Spectator all bases are covered.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent read 8 Oct. 2010
By vic15
I've been very impressed by my subscription to the 'New Statesman' and how it is presented on the Kindle. The writing is insightful and gives an interesting take on the news and the formatting makes it an easy read. I don't know if it would be a replacement for a paper copy but it's definitely worth giving it a go through the free trial.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the subscription 12 Mar. 2011
Since purchasing my Kindle (latest version) I've dabbled with some newspaper trials but always felt that I was getting a substantially poorer experience at a fractionally cheaper price. I've been reading the New Statesmen for a few months now and I have been much happier with the format and the amount of content provided. The price is also very reasonable in comparison to the print edition. The tone of the magazine is left of centre and occasionally a bit too far left for my tastes, but the free trial will allow readers to decide if this is palatable to their own political sensibilities. Like most Kindle journals, a few more images would perhaps brighten things up but otherwise this is a good choice for a weekly commentary on UK current affairs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I have just taken out a subscription after buying a one off last weekend when I also bought the Times as a one off. Newspapers just dont work, sorry guys, but they just don't.
However the NS as a magazine is good on paper but somehow better on the kindle... I prefer the kindle version to the paper one. The way it reads and is laid out is excellent, the standard of articles is good and the review section, I especially enjoyed. Ok its left of centre but even for those who are not, it is insightful, articulate and well presented.

A good mixture of serious and humour and in depth intelligent articles and reviews. Top Marks, whether left or right give it a try, it knocks the papers for six.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, but ultimately infuriating 2 May 2014
NS is an excellent hard copy magazine. Although extremely cheap, the Kindle version really is not worth bothering with, however. As others have noted, navigation is nearly impossible. The contents seem to be 'organised' in an almost random manner, so that a regular writer will be in one section one week, another the next. Indeed, the section names themselves change every couple of weeks. Author's names do not appear in the contents list. Your only choice is to click through everything.

Most importantly though, important content from the news-stand version is omitted. In recent months this has included two cover stories - that of Robert Skidelsky on economics and in the current issue (2.5.14), the piece on Islaam. I've struggled with the Kindle version of NS for over a year. I'd gladly pay more for a decent product, but I'm fed up with this. Such a shame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Always enjoyed reading NS, be it print, on a tablet or on the Kindle. Articles themselves are laid out well on the Kindle Edition and you do get pretty much the same as the print version, minus pesky ads of course. However, the way the sections are laid out is pretty poor. Everything is mostly bundled into the "New Statesman" section which puts Culture, Back Pages, Columnists, the NS Essay and more into one big pot of 30 - 40 or so pieces. Navigating isn't a nightmare, but much harder than it needs to be, especially with touch and better performance of the Paperwhite models.

UPDATE: Below I said I had emailed NS and I got a response from Helen Lewis herself. Apparently, NS has been asking for access to developer tools to make the experience better on the Kindle and they still haven't gotten them. If you want to point the finger at anyone for this, point it at Amazon. Sad, really as Amazon are happy to promote this great read on the Newsstand but holds it back from being as enjoyable as it could be. Hopefully, the Kindle edition gets better and better.

I have emailed NS about this for feedback and hopefully they'll make the layout and menu system much more featured going forward. The content here is excellent as it always has been (if you're not a fan of their centre-leftish outlook you're better looking elsewhere) and it's just the menu that needs touching up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I simply have to agree with the positive reviews for this publication - very easy to navigate around the articles - I throughly enjoyed the content. I certainly think I will keep this subscription going so I can keep in touch with the mood in the UK while I spend long months in The Gambia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete with no quality control whatsoever 29 Aug. 2014
Although it is stated in the description (at the bottom and out of the way), I was surprised to find that the Kindle edition does not contain all the articles from the print magazine. While it is to be expected that illustrations may not be included there seems to be no logic in which articles from the print edition will or won't appear, to the extent that the front cover can be misleading. The inclusion of the letters page seems slightly pointless when you cannot read the articles that the letters refer too. The quality of the writing is excellent, so it's a shame that we don't get all of it!

EDIT: The quality of the Kindle edition is getting worse and worse. It's quite clear they are either scraping the online articles or OCRing the PDF edition (I may just start doing the former myself and save myself £5 a month). Either way, as well as articles being missing, articles get repeated, attributed to the wrong author, have random paragraphs inserted in them, have line break hyphens in the middle of lines. Disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read, but needs some work on section separation.
First off I would like to say that the New Statesman on Kindle is brilliant, all of the great articles and none of the visual clutter. Read more
Published 15 days ago by PhilipKMorris
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Magazine Derailed by Shambolic Kindle Format
This is a review of the Kindle edition rather than the magazine itself. The NS is an intelligent read, centre-left but not dogmatic, with a wealth of high-profile contributors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John P
5.0 out of 5 stars It's in the word!
Journals of this type (heavy on text, light on pictures and diagrams) work really well in Kindle format and at this price, make it the format of choice.
Published 5 months ago by stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars the kindle edition is great value.
always packed with interesting informative articles. the kindle edition is great value.
Published 11 months ago by anne
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor layout
The electronic version is poorly laid out, just lists really with no ready way of browsing and nothing to catch the eye.
Published 16 months ago by RF Herts
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful mag
I love the New Statesman anyway and it's fantastic to be able to read it on Kindle as it suits my eyesight better!
Published 20 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Talking My Language
Look forward every Friday to receive my copy of the New Statesman, which I read from cover to cover with great interest. Fantastic.
Published 21 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Well laid out
The New Statesman in Kindle format is well laid out, with a logical menu lay out, allowing easy viewing of all of the magazine, whilst also having the lovely point of being able to... Read more
Published on 30 Jun. 2013 by Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars sloppy editing for kindle - bring back Lezard don't repeat articles...
I love the New Statesman - and look forward to the enjoyable Nicholas Lezard after tackling world news and domestic so when I find his column has been cut out, only title and... Read more
Published on 13 May 2013 by C. F. Hankinson
3.0 out of 5 stars state
the magazine seems to be great..the format looked fine..i subscribed to the free trial and found it worthy.Looks good in kindle and reading experience is same as a paper
Published on 14 Nov. 2012 by cel_uk
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