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18 April 2014

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The Independent
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The Independent [Kindle Edition]

by The Independent
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced 3 Dec 2010
As much as I love the Indy, and as much as I will miss having it delivered directly to my Kindle on a daily basis, it is just far too expensive for what you get. What you get is text only articles, dumped directly onto your device - and that's okay, but not at this price.
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134 of 139 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity 7 Sep 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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148 of 154 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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184 of 194 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too expensive 23 Sep 2010
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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12 of 12 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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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than I thought 1 Oct 2010
Having read so many negative reviews of the Kindle edition of the Independent I didn't expect very much - but since it was free for the first 2 weeks, I thought I'd have a go anyway!

I was very pleasantly surprised. I already knew there wouldn't be any pictures, so that didn't upset me. I found it easy to navigate around the different sections of the newspaper. Clicking on 'View Section List' at the bottom of each page opens a page with a list of sections (News, Business, Sport etc) and alongside each heading, an indication of the number of articles associated with each one. Clicking on the section heading takes you to the first article in that section. From there you can navigate to the next or the previous article using the 5-way controller. Alternatively, clicking on the number next to the section heading takes you to a list of headlines in that section with the first few lines of each article to help you choose what you would like to read.

As mentioned in most of the reviews, there are no pictures. There are also no tables, charts or graphs. This means that the weather map isn't included, neither are the crosswords and other games, and neither are the various sports results (football, racing etc) which are presented in tabular format in the print edition.

However, as far as I can tell, everything else in the print edition is present in the Kindle edition. And, mindful of some of the other reviews which have suggested there is less content in the Kindle edition than in the Print edition, today I bought a print edition too, and have spent the last half-hour or so comparing the print and kindle editions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars independent on kindle
read the independent paper any how so great to be able to get it on kindle on occasions but wouldnt get this on a regular basis, its good to read a newspaper
Published 5 days ago by shazza
5.0 out of 5 stars Change the habits of a lifetime, broaden your horizons and give The...
It's a great read for people who are open-minded and are prepared to broaden their outlook! Inciteful and varied in its political views!
Jane Jones
Published 7 days ago by Jane Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable alternative to print
An intelligent paper at a reasonable price. Photos and puzzles not included, but at 30p a day musn't grumble. Alternatively, buy tht 'i' paper
Published 24 days ago by Dean John
3.0 out of 5 stars Independent News
I was quite impressed with the coverage - the lack of images not being an issue. My problem was that there was too much to get through and a lot of it duplication if information so... Read more
Published 1 month ago by nanogram
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing features
Good for availability and detail. Rather disjointed,I.e articles on same subject spread throughout 'paper'. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R A ABELL
1.0 out of 5 stars newspaper
I will not be keeping the paper on my kindle because I do not think that the items of news that are chosen are very relevant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by diva bubble
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
No TV guide, no crosswords, no Sudokos. Cheap and nasty version of the paper. The 20 pence "hard-copy" version is better value.
Published 2 months ago by mr d gratton
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
I just cannot get on with the layout. It may suit some people but not me. I prefer to be able to see the pictures and flip through more easily.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Heather Scripps
4.0 out of 5 stars INDEPENDENT
It's a good read & easy to navigate. The Independent puts in the detail & items you would not see in most papers & good coverage on all topics. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike Coomber
2.0 out of 5 stars Inadequate
Readers letters frequently omitted. Poor spacing and Headings of articles leads to stories/letters running into each other. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Al Bailey
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