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The Spectator [Kindle Edition]

by The Spectator
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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The Spectator is a weekly delight for anyone who loves good writing, contentious opinion and hard-hitting comment.

With the finest writing on current affairs, politics, the arts, books and life, you'll read regular columnists who delight, provoke and amuse and editorial features of incredible breadth and depth.Established in 1828, The Spectator is the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language. Its taste for controversy, however, remains undiminished. There is no party line to which its writers are bound - originality of thought and elegance of expression are the sole editorial constraints. The result, week after week, is that Britain's best columnists, critics and cartoonists turn out their finest work for the magazine and give you their views unfiltered and at cask strength.

The Kindle Edition of The Spectator contains most articles found in the print edition, but will not include images or cartoons. 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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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Ideal Magazine for the Kindle 22 Nov 2010
Face it, in its current form the Kindle is never going to be a great platform for reading most magazines. You certainly wouldn't dream of reading any publication where one of the main selling points is its photographic content. I can't see Vogue, Hello, National Geographic or Homes & Gardens ever taking off on device which can only offer black and white, e-ink facsimiles of photographs. Even publications that are less reliant on imagery are going to be a hard sell on the Kindle. One of the pleasures of picking up most magazines is the combination of words and pictures; in fact the content of many magazines simply wouldn't pass muster without the images that accompany the text.

There are however, a few exceptions to this rule and The Spectator is one of them. If any magazine came ready made to be read on the Kindle then its 'The Speccy'. Beyond a handful of cartoons and the odd image of an artwork, the only pictures in the print version of the magazine are found in advertisments. Since the latter are omitted from the Kindle version very little is lost in the conversion from printed page to e-ink.

The articles, as they're never intended to rely on the support of images or graphics and which are unchanged from the print version, lose none of their impact on the Kindle. The straightfoward layout of the printed magazine (i.e. articles following each other consecutively with very few breaks or sidebars) also lends itself to easy conversion to the Kindle.

There is the odd niggle about formatting. 'Spectator Notes' and the 'Diary' for example, could both do with the insertion of blank lines to delineate between sections.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great weekly read 12 Mar 2011
One of the USPs that convinced me to buy a Kindle in the first place was the ability to have magazines sent to my portable device wirelessly and at a lower cost than the paper-based equivalents. Unfortunately the reality is that a lot of Kindle based magazines provide less content and only a small cost saving when compared with their traditional formats. However, after reading The Spectator for several months now, I am very happy to say that this magazine is one of the exceptions. The recent firmware update to the Kindle (latest version) makes navigating the sections even easier than before. As for the content, this contains most of the same articles as the standard print editions, but in particular it is the lack of adverts that makes this a more enjoyable companion on my daily commute to work. Being able to clip articles and Tweet highlights are two novelties that haven't yet worn off. The political tone of the writers is generally right of centre, which may or may not be to people's tastes, but then the free trial subscription should help them to decide.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing in this format 31 Oct 2010
By N. Hill
This is a review of the Spectator magazine as it appears on the Kindle, not of the magazine content.

The magazine arrived promptly every Friday, seamlessly downloading to my Kindle.

I was looking forward to reading this magazine on the Kindle & it was the first subscription I bought once my Kindle arrived. Unfortunately, it does not read in an interesting way. As you open the magazine, it arrives at the first page of the first article. I then felt that so as not to miss any articles that I needed to read the magazine in a linear fashion, like a book. It was difficult to read as I would have hoped, for instance I would have liked to be able to read first the articles that interested me the most, but the menu structure makes this too difficult.

I'm not entirely sure that the magazine format suits the Kindle, unless some work could be done on the menu system. Perhaps the magazine could open to a menu first, showing the various sections, but also detailing under each section the various articles. Each article could then display a tick or progress bar to show what has been read.

I am disappointed in this format, as I was very much looking forward to reading magazines on my Kindle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But alas 8 Dec 2012
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I love the Spectator, but now that I have moved over to an all-singing, all-dancing Kindle Fire I can no longer get it, there not being an app. apparently. One would have though that with the seemingly unlimited resources of Amazon and the more finite resources of the Spectator that a way could be found so that such as I no longer have to endure withdrawal symptoms now that the Spectator is no longer available on my new toy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good indeed 22 Aug 2011
I have taken the Kindle version of the Spec for a month now, and cannot really fault it given the limitations of the Kindle format itself. I now much prefer Kindle format to the paper magazine - to which I also subscribed for many years before it was taken over by the neocons. I can't understand the references to the poor format, since the paper magazine has hardly any pictures. But I do miss the cartoons which do not appear. But to balance this, there are no ads. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but missing content 17 Mar 2011
I enjoy reading this on the Kindle and the price is good. BUT, although I can live with not included images, this exclusion can also includes textual figures such as tables, which when discussed in articles can make the pieces frustrating to read.

Although the reason for not including images in order to reduce data costs is understandable, I do wish that they would be available for download over a wifi connection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely to have the Spectator on Kindle
Published 2 months ago by Nella
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed couldn't get back issue which is partly what I ...
Disappointed couldn't get back issue which is partly what I was after. Also really dislike these systems whereby you sign up and DD starts automatically. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Alexander Watt
5.0 out of 5 stars very easy to navigate
quality journalism, very easy to navigate, excellent magazine for the digital age.made for kindle and kindle fire hd.
Published 4 months ago by glentana
4.0 out of 5 stars Complaint
Only thing wrong NO cartoons????? Why did so enjoy them. Still the best magazine . Clear an precise in its opinions
Published 7 months ago by mrs. j govier
5.0 out of 5 stars A Toreador against political correctness
Most of the contributors have an agreeably idiosyncratic approach. I particularly like the film reviews and Taki. It is also agreeable to be told what you want to hear.
Published 9 months ago by Michael Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spectator has been my best present this Christmas
I decided to buy the Spectator as a present for myself this Christmas. I noticed that it was available on Kindle, for £1.49, so I bought it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MRS CAROL CHRISTINE JOHN
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Journalism
A weekly which not only keeps one up to date with all current events in politics and the arts but is also very entertaining and lively.
A real joy to read.
Published 11 months ago by c g poole
3.0 out of 5 stars Over Wordy
A bit too long-winded for me. More for those in the London and Home Counties Area. May try again in a few months time, in case I picked on a duff issue
Published 13 months ago by MR D J WRIGHT
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I have been a reader of the printed version of the magazine for several years. Due to the passage of time I found it increasingly difficult to read. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Great content - poor reading experience
Magazines have some way to go before e-publication can compete with the visual/tactile experience of print. I continue to buy the Spectator, but in hard copy.
Published 16 months ago by Wallis
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