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The Independent [Kindle Edition]

by The Independent
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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Nicknamed the Indie and Sindie (for the Sunday edition), The Independent is one of Britain's newest compact publications for the left of center, founded by three former journalists of The Daily Telegraph. Often controversial, it is also often parodied for its not so subtle political leanings. Boasting a readership of over a quarter of a million, The Independent asks, "It is. Are you?"
The Kindle Edition of The Independent 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 London local time.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but could do better 2 Oct. 2010
I knew that the content of the Indi (electronic) was going to suffer for its transcription to the e format, and it has. On the down side not enough photos, cartoons (actually none) crossword, on the plus side no adverts, no paper to cart around. All i need is there however, and in a format that works, i do like the section scanning part as it enables me to miss out those articles that i have no interest in. I do like that i can scan and pick what i read

I also like a lot that i can get my copy with out going to the shop and given that it is howling a gale at the moment and i am sitting in front of the fire with a large brew of caffeine, this is the best bit of all.

Where my real gripe is with price. Yes i save, but on the other hand they will want one months dosh up front (once you get past the free sub stage). Next its far to expensive for what you get, this is about £5 worth of content given that who ever set up the on-line version of the Indi, simply has to click a button to reproduce the Kindle editions (obviously after the set up template is done]. The £14 or so that i am being asked for is extortionate, but in the nicest possible way. Hint stop trying to replicate the Murdochnews and stick to your own set up and pricing structure. The Murdochnews isn't worth 5p let alone £15. Moreover everything the Kindle gives me is available FOC on the web where i spend my working day anyway.

I also like that i only have time to read the one paper, previously I used to spend £2 a day on 4 newspapers (and more at the weekend, which incidentally wont stop, the weekend bit i mean) scan and then onto the fire for kindling.

Will I continue? maybe, this is my second subscription to a newspaper and i am beginning to see the positive side of Kindles and the future. A few more photos and cartoons and i just might make the effort and continue?
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137 of 143 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity 7 Sept. 2010
I tried the free 14 day trial of this was very happy with the service. The digital download was ready to read each morning and it was certainly more convenient than buying a print edition on the way to work. However, due to the sky high cost and the number of articles missing from the digital edition, I will not be continuing with my subscription.
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151 of 158 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An insult to the intelligence 28 Aug. 2010
The product page implies this has the same layout and articles as the print version, making it akin to reading the print version on the Kindle.

Far from it. What is actually presented has far less content than even the paper's website.

Maybe an interesting experiment if they weren't asking a subscription of over £10 a month. As this price what is offered is laughable. It seems like a cynical cash in.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I was a subscriber for over two months and have just cancelled, based on price. Before this subscription started, I was getting the newspaper delivered to my door and I figured that with the saving I would make over a year, the kindle would pay for itself. I persevered, in spite of the other limitations commented upon in these reviews, such as access to sections, missing pictures, strange formatting (there is obviously no kindle editor responsible for the appearance of each edition) and some articles such as the man for man marking feature in the sports pages being virtually impossible to read - all for the sake of saving this notional money! However, this recently became a redundant argument, because The Independent now offers an app for android phones / devices(and maybe iphone too, I dont know), which makes the content far easier to navigate around, has full colour pictures and provides content (in some cases more up to date than the Kindle edition) - and this is all free! So I am switching to that, thank you.

This is not a total waste of money, however. Though reading it takes a bit of getting used to, I think that when travelling, this is a good cheap way to access newspapers around the globe to read on the beach, which one could not do as easily with a phone device, due to roaming charges - and also if one is commuting, the kindle is a convenient way to read the news while packed sardine like into a tube train at 830 at Bank station. I am not a commuter, but when I am next going abroad I will perhaps re-subscribe for the time period I am away. The advantage of the Kindle subscription process is that it allows you to do this and pay pro-rata only for the items you have downloaded. You are initially charged the full monthly amount then the pro-rata unused amount is refunded a few days after cancellation of the subscription, which is done on the "manage your kindle" page.
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188 of 198 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too expensive 23 Sept. 2010
By Artefact TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I am not sure what other reviewers expected from a Kindle version of a newspaper.

If you want to see a paper in all its glory, you buy it. If you want it to look like a paper but read it on a portable screen, you use your notebook or iPad for the web version and carry the larger, heavier device around knowing that you won't be able to read it in bright daylight.

The Kindle is a small monochrome device, and what the publishers deliver is perfectly reasonable in that context - key articles from the paper with a minimal but workable index. Kindle users cannot really expect more.

What we can expect, however, is to be charged a reasonable price for the hugely cut down version of the paper which we receive and that, I would suggest, cannot be more than a fiver a month.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Barely anything interesting and over priced.
Published 1 month ago by Jasmine
3.0 out of 5 stars Great to have it delivered every day straight to my ...
Great to have it delivered every day straight to my Kindle so that I can read it when I wake up. Disappointing lack of pictures and the editing is frequently aimed more at a laptop... Read more
Published 2 months ago by GOM
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but not ideal on a Kindle
This was the first Newspaper I had downloaded to my Kindle. Not so easy to glance - but the 'go to next article' feature helped and it was easier to use than I expected. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pamela Homer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A well balanced paper.
Published 3 months ago by Paul R Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars journalism at it's best.
It is all summed up by it's title, impartial, journalism at it's best.
Published 3 months ago by geordygit
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
used to like it but cancelled as they did away with the obituaries which made interesting reading
Published 3 months ago by Stuart Clive Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars largely without bias and with great humour when appropriate
World news dealt with thoroughly and clearly, largely without bias and with great humour when appropriate. An excellent, informative read.
Published 3 months ago by Jayne Beaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves its five stars from me
The best newspaper. The on-line version kept me in touch while away on holiday.
Published 4 months ago by sussex mark
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
No use at all
Published 5 months ago by Brian Mason
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
This is rubbish and I wish I'd never considered a subscription
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Published 5 months ago by DavidJWylie
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