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The Mail & Guardian [Kindle Edition]

by M&G Media
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The Mail & Guardian is an award winning South African newspaper, published nationwide each Friday, aimed at serious readers.

Our focus is on political analysis, investigative reporting, Southern African news, and comprehensive coverage of local arts and music.

Founded 1985 by a group of retrenched journalists from the deceased Rand Daily Mail. Built up a reputation for nose-thumbing attitude to the establishment and for uncovering Inkathagate scandal. Favourite prison reading of Nelson Mandela; banned for a while by PW Botha. In recent years, continues to be a thorn in the side of gravy-train politicians with reports on Oilgate, the corrupt police chief, and President Zuma's business interests.

Mail & Guardian readers are a niche market, interested in a critical approach to politics, arts and current affairs. Large numbers of our readers among professionals, academics, diplomats, lobbyists and non-governmental groups. We regularly achieve the highest circulation percentage increases in the newspaper market.

Kindle Newspapers are fully downloaded onto your Kindle so you can read them even when you're not wirelessly connected.This newspaper does not necessarily reflect the full print content of the publication.

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4.0 out of 5 stars MAIL AND GUARDIAN - SOUTH AFRICA 4 Dec. 2013
This weekly newspaper has an excellent website which I look at a few times daily. The paper is investigative in nature rather than just a news - paper and exposed many political, corruption and similar scandals as well as many social issues. I decided to get the newspaper on line, too expensive in South Africa to purchase I find.
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3.0 out of 5 stars politically informative 27 May 2014
The political articles are seemingly well researched and detailed.
Coverage across the political landscape of South Africa is unbiased and informative.
For South Africans abroad, the newspaper is a good way to keep in touch with "home affairs".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read on the kindle but... 23 Feb. 2011
By Kosmikza - Published on
It comes through really nicely on the kindle and is an easy read. It would be great if we could click on the images in the articles and zoom in on them although I think this may be a kindle limitation. My but from the subject howeever is for some of the words being incorrect in the articles. It's fustrating reading a good article and then you suddenly come on a broken\mispelt word. Fix this and definately 5 star!

Great start though.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars thank you 24 Feb. 2011
By matokgo makutoane - Published on
very exciting to read my favourite newspaper on kindle. i'm sure some of the shortcomings can be sorted out. thanks mail and guardian. ndu makutoane johannesburg.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No 1 African quality paper available everywhere 20 May 2011
By George - Published on
It's a pleasure to be able to read Africa's No 1 quality newspaper, M&G, wherever you are and not only when you hit a newsstand in South Africa or on an international airport. Congratulations to Amazon and to the Mail & Guardian teams. We all know the limitations of the Kindle but I bear with them because this mainly about reading and not watching pictures. A bit annoying, though: why are graphic elements such as diagrams pictured on an image that is smaller than the Kindle screen witdth would allow thereby making it impossible to read the text written on them? I believe this should be easy to fix.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, minor flaws 26 Aug. 2011
By Philip Machanick - Published on
First, I suppose those who are having problems reading it on various platforms may be talking about the past, because I can read it just fine on my iPad.

I'm giving it a try because I don't like the waste of paper of print newspapers. I generally don't pay for other newspapers because most of the competition is junk (incluing in Australia where I used to live). Although I have a long list of minuses, they are petty annoyances rather than fundamental, hence 4 stars.


Easy to read, easier than the paper edition, which can be a bit grey.

No need to keep a stack of paper to have access to old content.

Top-level organization of a table of contents (either for the whole paper or by section) is good, and makes it easy to navigate (though see below for some problems).

Update: you can actually resize all images; it's only in the table of contets where you can't.

There are a fair number of format glitches, probably in file coversion (e.g. things that probably should be bullet points appearing as a "1" or "l".

Navigation could be a bit easier but otherwise good, and I hope the glitches are fixed.
I was pleased that the standard iOS stretch gesture works for enlarging the Zapiro cartoon. How about extending that to all the pictures?

Great to read the content without ads.


No way to show a story as unread, making it hard to share the paper with someone else whlie keeping track of what you've read. A few typos (e.g. the current edition has a section called Literaty Festival).

I'm not sure if there's a way to do screen grabs; if not there's no obvious way to excerpt from the paper (as you could e.g. by scanning a paper edition).

No obvious way to copy text or even see it at the same time as another app, so writing letters to the edtior to respond to articles will be a chore.

The top-level table of contents should show letters to the editor as a title, rather than the title of the first letter.

The Zapiro cartoon deserves a heading of its own or at least to be mentioned in the section it's in, again in the contents table.

I miss having a front page with headlines.

I miss reading the ads (put this one in to see if you're paying attention).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 30 Sept. 2011
By jan morren - Published on
if you are an interested follower of South African life in general and politics in particular the M&G is a must read. This paper was and is a reliable source of information and one of the few publications in this country that produces real journalism backed by fact and well researched. Through the Kindle experience now available wherever I am and in combination with M&G tweets which can also be read on Kindle I consider myself a well-connected follower of facts and factions.
In response to a previous comment: zooming of images works flawlessly.
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