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The Spectator [Kindle Edition]

by The Spectator
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 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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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Updated: An Ideal Magazine for the Kindle 22 Nov. 2010
Update - 14th May 2015 - Today I cancelled my subscription to The Spectator on the Kindle. Not because I didn't still read it every Thursday, or that it was no longer good value compared to the cost of the print/on-line version (that I have now swapped to for reasons that will become clear). I cancelled subscription because I was frustrated at the number of articles that seemed to be missing from the Kindle version. This week it was Rod Liddle's column; on other weeks it have been different columnists or sometimes entire features. Add in the fact that you never get any of the occasional supplements (e.g. Life) that the Spectator produces and suddenly the value and convenience of the Kindle version has, for me, become outweighed by the substandard content.

That is why I have added this update to my original review, and why I have knocked a star of my rating. My original observations below still stand. In fact, having reread the review I would add the fact that the formatting issues I identified are pretty much a thing of the past now and if you read the Kindle version on a tablet or phone app you now get much of the artwork that was previously missing back in 2010, so it is an improved product in many ways.

However, if you're thinking of picking up the Spectator through your Kindle you should be aware before subscribing that what you will be receiving may be a substandard product compared to the print and on-line versions and a Kindle subscription doesn't give you access to any missing articles through the Spectator website either (that requires a direct subscription via the magazine.

Original Review - November 2010 - Face it, in its current form the Kindle is never going to be a great platform for reading most magazines.
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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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6 of 6 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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65 of 72 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 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad to have subscribed 14 Dec. 2011
By C.L.H
After coming to rely upon my subscription to The Times, which definitely exceeded my expectations, I thought that it was high time to look into a political magazine. The free trial allowed me to get to grips with the digital version of The Spectator.

It was a very pleasant surprise. With the newspapers on Kindle, there are frequently problems with formatting, wrongly placed captions, and even the odd 'continued on page x', I had been worried about having similar problems with other publications. It seems that the team at The Spectator puts a lot more effort into the construction of their Kindle product; coupled with the quality of the writing, this makes it an exceptionally pleasant product.

The price is fair, the content never fails to entertain, and it is very easy to navigate between sections. I am delighted with my subscription to The Spectator and have no plans to cancel it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Geordie with a head like a tub of lard thought he bought a fanzine
There is only one thing the writers have in common in the Spectator and that is excellence. Their published views are concise, forthright and provocative. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
First time I'd purchased for Kindle. Worked just fine and everything seemed to be there. I'll do the same next time I'm off on holiday.
Published 9 days ago by pgo
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
I quite like this publication. Don't know why but I always thought of as being more on the right but actually it's quite balanced
Published 20 days ago by Helephant
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Content excellent. Navigation on my kindle could be improved.
Published 1 month ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars The only UK magazine I like while living abroad so I won't miss Taki's...
The only UK magazine I like while living abroad so I won't miss Taki's High Life and Jeremy Clark' s Low Life, both are sheer delight to read.
Published 1 month ago by X.W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always thought provoking and excellent writers.
Published 1 month ago by Ashley Joseph Seath
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Magazine on Kindle
Excellent weekly periodical, fabulous to read on Kindle.
Published 2 months ago by John P O'Byrne
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking the style of the Spectator website
Somewhat disappointed at the number of articles, but most of all by the Kindle format.
However, I may continue to subscribe as it's good value for money.
Published 2 months ago by mr blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great magazine
Published 2 months ago by Amanda Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect publication for the discerning reader
Excellent magazine covering politics, world affairs, literature and the arts in a sober intelligent manner. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Henry Sudwarts
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