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The Economist - UK Edition [Kindle Edition]

by The Economist
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Monthly Price: £9.99  includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet

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The Economist is the premier source for the analysis of world business and current affairs, providing authoritative insight and opinion on international news, world politics, business, finance, science and technology, as well as overviews of cultural trends and regular Special reports on industries and countries.

Established in 1843 to campaign against the protectionist corn laws, The Economist remains, in the second half of its second century, true to the liberal principles of its founder. James Wilson, a hat maker from the small Scottish town of Hawick, believed in free trade, internationalism and minimum interference by government, especially in the affairs of the market. The Economist also takes a fiercely independent stance on social issues, from gay marriage to the legalisation of drugs, but its main service to its readers is as a global newspaper: To uncover new ideas from all around the world.

The Kindle Edition of The Economist contains all of the articles and graphics found in the print edition, but will not include all photos.For your convenience, issues are auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle each Friday at the same time the print edition hits the newsstand.

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483 of 493 people found the following review helpful
All you have to do is download the program Calibre, and in the "Fetch News" section, go to "English" where you'll find both The Economist and The Economist Free. Select "The Economist", enter your login details (e-mail address and password), and the program will download your issue and upload to your kindle (via USB) free of charge. No need to pay Amazon for the privilege.
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140 of 143 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only get half a subscription for more money! 7 Sept. 2010
By Reader
I agree with all the previous reviews, the price is horrendously expensive for an electronic version, more expensive than the magazine. The benefit for me was that it is electronic and I can then read it on any my kindle devices, but after subscribing I found out that magazine subscriptions can only be viewed on one device. Reading it on the kindle is great, but I am annoyed that I can't read it on my android phone as well. I don't always take the Kindle with me and would like to continue reading it on the odd occasion either on my phone or Ipad. It is also worth noting that you do not get access to the online content as you would get if you subscribe to the paper version of the economist. I feel a bit cheated that I pay more for the Kindle version and I get less of a subscription. I won't continue my subscription until they at least give me all the benefits that the print version gets or make it cheaper.
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160 of 168 people found the following review helpful
I am an avid Economist reader, voraciously devouring every morsel of information and analysis each week. I have been looking forward to the arrival of The Economist on Kindle for UK customers for quite a while, as I would value the instant delivery when it hits news-stands on Thursday above waiting for my copy to arrive by post on Friday, but I have been shocked at how expensive it is. I pay £23.00 a quarter for my physical copy subscription, which also includes the free audio edition (which I seldom use) and access to (which I often use). In light of this, I would expect the Kindle subscription to retail perhaps at a slight premium, even without the periphery webiste access, and for it to garner a sizeable Kindle following as a result. However, at a 30 percent premium to the printed edition it seems that the Economist is either reluctant to lose print subscribers to the Kindle edition or ambivalent about attracting new subscribers. I do not know how the pricing structure works for periodical publishing on Kindle but I believe the inflated price can partly be attributed to Amazon's cut. Such a shame, since more people would otherwise surely enjoy such a fine publication as much as I do at a more reasonable price point.

I should note that the Kindle subscription price is still lower than buying each issue at retail but this is of little consequence when cheaper subscriptions to The Economist are available. I have grudgingly awarded it an extra star in light of the great quality of the content - otherwise, it's a one star from me on price.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Matt
I am a big fan of the economist, and in fact the availability of it on the kindle swayed me into purchasing the kindle.

The content itself is good - its the economist, with all of the articles.

However you lose out on the majority of pictures and graphics (although where a graph is important for understanding an article, you do get one - but only one - graph).

I would happily do without the pictures and graphs in order to increase kindle readability - however
I feel this should be reflected by a lower price. It need not be as low as the spectator at 2.99 as the economist is much better, but I think 9.99 subscription and especially the 3.99 for an individual is too much.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Economist pricing 7 April 2011
Rip off Britain is alive and well!!
The pricing for the Kindle version of The Economist is a stitch-up!
More expensive than the hard copy and no access to and fewer graphs/photos.
When I contacted The Economist I was told that Amazon controls the pricing. When I called Amazon they said that the publisher sets the price!!
This is just taking the customer to the cleaners so I have just cancelled my hard copy subscription in protest. There are other similar magazines on offer on the Kindle from publishers who still value their customers and who are ready to share the savings that result from an electronic edition rather than a hard copy.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not fair 26 Dec. 2010
By Nedgus
as a print edition subscriber for many years i cant believe i have to pay twice to get it on my Kindle. come on Economist, you are annoying your customers.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars excellent quality poor price 1 Sept. 2010
the economist is an excellent magazine but between amazon and the economist they have managed to come up with a price point that is too high. please please reconsider. we all want to subscribe...but at a reasonable price
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85 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously overpriced 6 Aug. 2010
The Economist on the Kindle is three times the price of its rivals, The New Statesman and The Spectator.

Which is silly when you can read the web edition on your kindle. Though the 'mobile' edition of the Economist lacks many articles, Google skweezer and browse the Economist through there - bingo! A mobile-ified version of the Economist magazine to read on your Kindle - free and legal!

Of course, having it in proper Kindle format would be great, but I'd pay 2.99 a month for it (like I do for the NS and Spectator) - not 10 quid!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by M J HUGHES
1.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love this magazine but alike other reviewers I think...
I absolutely love this magazine but alike other reviewers I think amazon price is ridiculous. Just cancelled my subscription; it makes more sense to have the paper copy delivered... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Zazu
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant globally and locally
It's really fair picture of all continents and still relevant to local affairs for the edition.
Published 21 days ago by GregS
4.0 out of 5 stars Can cause lags on older kindles, but great to use the dictionary and...
I got this for a Kindle Touch 2012. It may be a little resource heavy for that model, but a restart usually solves any lag issues. Read more
Published 29 days ago by YA
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
listen to feedback please! this is very overpriced for just a kindle subscription.
Published 1 month ago by Luke
3.0 out of 5 stars Like reading the magazine on my Kindle
Like reading the magazine on my Kindle. Unfortunately you cannot enlarge the charts or graphs and need x-ray vision to see them. Otherwise very good.
Published 1 month ago by Mona Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Speaks truth unto power
Informative, up to date, an excellent source of knowledge - practice makes perfect.
Published 3 months ago by Doug Masson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the best magazine ever
Published 4 months ago by Fatwhale
5.0 out of 5 stars In contrast the Economist stands out as a beacon of information and...
British media is mostly unbalanced and sensational. We should be ashamed of it. In contrast the Economist stands out as a beacon of information and intelligent comment. Read more
Published 5 months ago by moderate man
2.0 out of 5 stars why can't subscribers use there credentials
nothing wrong with the economist I can't use my subscription to access this on the kindle - weeeeerd
Published 5 months ago by Eric Martin
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