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Functionality/content problems and subscription rip-off,
This review is from: The Times and Sunday Times (Kindle Edition)While I would like to be able to read The Times on my Kindle (several people have mentioned the convenience of having the more readable screen), I have been trying the Kindle subscription of The Times for a week now, and have decided that I will not be proceeding to subscribe to the full paid version, for two main reasons;
1. There seem to be functionality problems when loading the paper on Kindle, which frequently cause my Kindle to crash (5 out of 7 mornings)
2. Based on the digital subscription I already pay for with The Times, this is not good value for money, and would need to be paid for in addition to my digital subscription
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1. Loading The Times onto my Kindle seems to make it crash; 5 out of 7 mornings I've had problems (slow loading, screen freeze, pages not turning, home/back buttons not working, etc.) and had to re-start my Kindle more than once to resolve each incident. I've tested this on several other books, and everything else works smoothly and quickly so I can only conclude this is a problem with The Times itself, rather than my Kindle
2. Previous reviewers list in detail problems with the content available on the Kindle edition, so I won't replicate this. What I will say is that my £8 a month digital subscription to The Times comes with the full online paper and an iphone/ipad app for free, as well as access to additional Times content such as Times jobs, Times + (freebies and discounts), and the ability to access the full Times archive via digital search. Compared to the more expensive Kindle edition which misses all of this additional functionality and a lot of the content, it really doesn't make sense to purchase the Kindle edition on top of my digital package
I'm particularly confused as to why News International provide free apps and access for iphone/ipad users who have digital subscriptions, yet Kindles can't be linked in to existing digital subscriptions... I'd be really interested to know if this is a News International decision, or if it's Amazon that charge this excessive price - answers on a postcard?!
Hope that this is useful for those considering a subscription - unless you've got problems reading The Times onscreen, and are therefore willing to pay more money for a significantly reduced package compared to what's available through The Times digi subscription, I'd strongly recommend not signing up to the Kindle edition of The Times.