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The Times Literary Supplement [Kindle Edition]

by Times Newspapers Limited.
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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The TLS is the leading paper in the world for literary culture. Its mix of fine writing, literary discoveries and incisive debate make it mandatory reading for many of today's top writers and thinkers. It has been reviewing the books that matter and examining the ideas that resonate beyond the moment since its launch in 1902. From fiction to philosophy, religion to medicine, social studies to the cinema, TLS readers enjoy the most informed criticism of culture from around the world.

The Kindle edition of The Times Literary Supplement contains all the articles found in the print edition, but will not include images. 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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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition could be so much better 24 Sept. 2011
By Eleanor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
If I were reviewing the print version of the TLS I would give it five stars for its stimulating, erudite, and eclectic content.

However, the Kindle edition has a number of problems:

There are numerous formatting errors, several in almost every article. These include missing hyphens which cause run-on words, missing spaces, and other typos. For example it took me a while to work out what the Terry Eagleton book ONEVIL was actually called [a recent example is "The Iron Road" becoming THEIR ONROAD]. Letters with circumflexes, etc., are not converted properly so Eastern European names in particular are often mangled.

The title of the book under review is sometimes missing. If you're lucky, it will be repeated in the review itself, otherwise you're on your own. The names of authors and reviewers often aren't consistently distinguished and will swap position from review to review. So unless the author's or reviewer's name is a familiar one, you have to wait for a mention in the text to work out which is which.

Large chunks of quoted text aren't marked as such, e.g. by indentation; therefore it's often difficult to work out whether one is reading a reviewer or a quoted author. Italics also aren't reproduced which is particularly irritating if the reviewer has written 'my emphasis' or 'italics added'.

Finally none of the pictures in the print edition are included (unlike in the Kindle edition of the New York Review of Books or London Review of Books, for example). Even black and white pictures would greatly enhance the articles.

[15/09/2013 Two years on, nothing has changed, so I've changed my rating from three stars to one. This week, on top of everything else, all the 'j's were capitalized, leading to words such as 'BenJamin', 'enJoyable', etc.]
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3.0 out of 5 stars All the text survives 11 Dec. 2013
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Amended to reflect the more recent experience. As others note, this edition is still garbled. Clearly the TLS don't elect to proof this in any way, and it is pretty tedious to wade through errors clearly made by the automation producing this product.

That said, I still prefer this edition to the paper one for the reason that it is always in stock, and the essence of the writing survives. I imagine that if it were a joy to read I might become a subscriber.

As I write, the edition generally has all of the issues text. Pictures are omitted, poetry formatting can be hit and miss (although the latter is perhaps hard on a screen with variable font sizes), and from time to time gremlins strike and render text unpleasant as noted elsewhere.

That said, the great articles, reviews and essays are all here, and (best of all) it's always in stock on the kindle store. I don't subscribe, but I do buy an issue whenever I'm in the mood for the reading. Before the kindle edition, this was subject to the vagaries of finding the TLS in stock. Now I can buy whenever I want.
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I have no problem with the content of this magazine. It is a top quality review of books. The problem is with the Kindle version, which only works on the Kindle White, and not on the tablet or phone app. It is also poorly designed, such that it is difficult to navigate and so rather unpleasant to use.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money 19 Dec. 2011
Having read the last three issues I would have no hesitation in recommending this to any reader. At one fifty an issue it's a bargain
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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great content, unforgivable formatting--now improved 2 Nov. 2009
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I love reading the essays in TLS and I can deal with the strange formatting that appears to occur when a hard return and space at the end of the line are completely deleted to form run-on words. But in the last several weeks, they've started leaving out the book information. All you get is the title of the essay and the name of its author--you have to guess what books they're reviewing. And you would be surprised the number of writers who can turn out 1500+ words without ever mentioning the title of the book they're discussing or the full name of its author. Honestly, I do not have the words to express the idiocy of this, and I can't figure out how to complain about it--to Amazon? To TLS?

Update 1/11/10
Interestingly, shortly after I wrote the above review, the formatting issues have been cleared up, especially the return of the book info. I waited for a while to update to be sure the improvements were permanent, and so far so good. Thanks to whoever took care of it! It's a joy to read TLS on the Kindle for the wide range of books covered--from strictly academic tomes to popular murder mysteries.
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TLS 1 May 2009 8 May 2009
By Nic - Published on
I subscribed to the two week free delivery to compare the content with my print edition (which expires on 22 May). In this issue, all the articles appear to be on the Kindle edition and were very readable. I have not checked to see if the articles are in any way edited down, but the three that I looked at all appeared to be full length.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Money Ever Spent on a Subscription 4 April 2010
By Clarissa's Blog - Published on
After reading the reviews of TLS, I was not sure whether it made sense to get this subscription. I decided to try it during the free trial period, and, boy, was that a great decision!

This magazine is an absolute pleasure to read. They choose absolutely fascinating books to review in a variety of fields. The reviews are so well-written that you discover that all of a sudden you have a profound interest for a field of knowledge you never thought would interest you even a little. The reviewers write in a beautiful language (unlike the horrid reviewers that work for the NY Times, for example) and have an unmatched erudtion in their field. I have had this subscription for a few months, and already TLS helped me discover several fascinating authors whose work I now follow.

Of course, this magazine is not for everyone. If you love books and are always on the lookout for new reading material, this is the perfect magazine for you. Some of the books they review might seem too specialized at a first glance. Keep reading the reviews, however, and you will discover that the amazing reviewers who write for TLS can make any topic sound engaging and fascinating.

I haven't had any problems with the Kindle format of TLS. I think Kindle is the perfect vehicle to read and manage your subscriptions. I subscrime to seven different publication, among which TLS is my absolute favorite.
38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No titles or author names! 13 Nov. 2009
By Dr Fred A. Rainey - Published on
Why would one read reviews of books that you do not know the author, title or publisher of? If this information was provided as it is in the print version of TLS I would be a subscriber! Sometimes I wonder if anyone at Amazon ever looks at what they put in the kindle store before they release it........
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Error Ridden 9 Jun. 2009
By Supreme Commander - Published on
While the TLS may be a great print publication, the Kindle version is so full of text conversion errors that I found it too distracting to read. After two issues, I cancelled my subscription.

The errors, often three to four per page, appear to be due to poor handling of words that were hyphenated at the end of lines in the source text fed to the conversion software is used to produce the Kindle formatted version. Words have dropped letters and are concatenated with the following words making them a bit of a puzzle to decipher. It's obvious that there is little, or no proofreading of the Kindle version.

Sadly, this is hardly the exception with e-publications. Nearly every book I read with the Kindle is riddled with OCR, or text conversion errors. It's as if nobody cares about the quality of electronic versions.
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