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on 28 April 2012
Obviously, if you don't like the Guardian's centre-left outlook, and are unimpressed by its longstanding journalistic ethos, you'll probably not want to subscribe. But, as with all other UK-based Kindle newspapers, you can have a 14-day trial for free, via Amazon, and judge this version and/or the newspaper itself for youself.

To counter some negative reviews that I've read, be aware that with Amazon you probably shouldn't trial any Kindle subscription if you're using your Kindle as a "stand alone" device, say having bought one in a shop... you'll need to access your online Amazon account to cancel, which can be time-consuming and tricky to do via the Kindle's browser. That is not an issue particular to the Guardian; its an Amazon issue, and I think they need to ensure that you should have a simple "cancel subscription" option, equivalent to the "add to collection" feature when you right-navigate a book's title.

What you get is an advert-free equivalent of the print edition of the newspaper, which will be delivered by Amazon to your Kindle when the paper goes to press (so long as your Kindle can receive it). Like a newspaper, and unlike the Guardian's website, it does not update itself during the day. One advantage of that is that it's on your Kindle, like a book, so you don't need a wifi or mobile phone connection to read it. Having subscribed since last year, I've seen it improve in content and ease of navigation, and find myself able to flick through it to what I want to read first, then back to other items, as I'd do with the 'real' thing.

Personally, I've switched easily from buying the paper to this subscription, and find this format suits me. I like having a virtual morning-paper waiting on my Kindle when I get up, and being able to read it without having to carry a fresh bundle of dead tree around every day, which I'll then need to bin/recycle. The major down-side I've encountered is that you can't use it to wrap up broken glass, although I also sometimes miss having the crosswords to fill in (as far as I can) when I'm being bored.

To be topical, I'm also happy to pay £9.99/month to help ensure we continue to have the high-quality journalism this newspaper supports... as we're now finding out, if it wasn't for the Guardian, it's quite possible that NewsCorp would 100% own Sky, and the Murdochs, the media, the police and our politicians wouldn't be undergoing the scrutiny of the Leveson Inquiry.
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on 9 July 2011
Saturday edition is pretty much replicated in full on the kindle, and finding articles is straightforward: A menu on the left of the screen listing sections, then a menu on the right of the screen listing articles - you can either progress page-by-page through the section or use the navigation key to skip to the next article.

Articles include some photos/illustrations, but not to the detriment of the text.

My one complaint (on day one) is that the weekly quiz in the weekend section is not present, nor the Michael Holden or Mick Bunnage sections in the Guide.

If you are a Guardian reader with a Kindle, I would recommend you experience the 14 day trial - as far as I'm concerned, I'll be sticking with the subscription as I am in awe of the work the Guardian does in exposing establishment miscreants...

Edit: After three issues I'm still impressed, but here is info for prospective buyers: As standard each issue is kept for 7 days and then deleted; if you want to save a particular issue then it can be saved for posterity. Individual articles from each issue can be saved to a separate folder (one which also contains bookmarks and notes inserted in books... room for improvement later on hopefully.)

No further realistic complaints; it would be nice to be able to access cartoons and puzzles but this is restricted by the format/technology: for a one-off (5 second?) download in the morning, it matches what the online BBC news website delivers for most of the day.....

Further edit: Michael Holdens` All Ears column is now included, as is the weekly quiz in the Weekend section. What is odd is that as of 21st July the Technology section is not included in the data download.

Edit the third: I mistakenly assumed that the Science and Technology section was still published on a Thursday - it's not in the printed edition, but is available online.

Also, for a period of three weeks the weekend section was missing from the download version, but that has now been reinstated.
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on 29 July 2014
For me, nothing will ever beat the original print Guardian - prior to cutbacks. However, as the price of the print version has risen, and the quality and diversity of the newspaper content has diminished, it became a no-brainer to switch to the far cheaper Kindle version.

The advantage of the Kindle version is that it retains the excitement of a newspaper dropping through your door - I was surprised to find I do get a little thrill from switching on my Kindle to check the latest edition first thing in the morning, even though much of the Guardian's content has been put up the night before on the web.

However, the monotonous layout - with only a few, not very sharp b/w photos - does seem very retro, and takes the edge off the actual excitement involved in reading news stories which I get from the internet and actual print newspapers. On the web, it's much easier to find what you're particularly interested in.

I've really gone for the Kindle version because the Kindle's e-ink is much kinder on my eyes - and because I wanted to continue to financially support the Guardian's excellent journalism. Although the Guardian's content can't compare with the days when it employed far more staff, it would be an enormous loss to UK journalism if it did go, given the right-wing leanings of most of our press. For that I'll happily give it four stars and continue doing my bit to keep the Guardian in our journalistic mix..
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on 28 July 2011
I'm really pleased that I didn't have to pay £[] per month and instead gained a free trial since the Kindle edition is nothing like as good as the newspaper and electronically I prefer using the BBC News website or Guardian mobile site to this Kindle edition.

It is worth experiencing the Kindle edition to recognise those features of a 21st century newspaper or the BBC News website or Guardian online that we now take for granted and you will certainly miss on the Kindle edition such as:

1. Photos add so much value to news stories - obviously b/w not colour with the Kindle - but they seem irrelevant on the Kindle and don't add value to the article at all.

2. Headlines, sub headlines, pull-quotes, boxes with basic explanations/specific details and photos/images of the journalist that allow you to dip into articles as your interest in the article is either raised or lowered by quick reading/scanning of all of these. All absent on the Kindle edition.

3. The Guardian's statistical charts, diagrams and maps bring stories alive - absent on the Kindle edition. You'd have no idea where that Norwegian island, Utoeya, was with the Kindle edition.

4. Unexpected missing items: TV listings, weather, crosswords and other puzzles, tables and all those tiny news items throughout the newspaper that you scan and only read if interested in. To me the Kindle version of the Guardian/Observer is a subset of the newspaper and I'd suggest making this absolutely clear to potential readers.

5. The key colour photos: particularly the centre page colour photo - spectacular but can't be matched except as a large flat screen image. The cover of G2 that either interests you or not in the major article/s in G2.

6. Absence of grouping of news items other than at a v. high level: international, national. In the newspaper there might be front page and 3/4/5 pages of articles on a major story such as Norway killings or phone hacking - not all of these are present in Kindle edition and I couldn't easily recognise significant news areas for that day as I can with a newspaper or the BBC News website.

What did I like: Nothing really, I still bought the paper each day as I felt I'd missed so much. Even delivery before 5 a.m. was of no value to me as I could just as easily look at the web for BBC news or the Guardian website. Using the Kindle edition reminded me of what it was like as a 10 year old in the 50s trying to read the Times which in those days was tight columns of text and few photos and no headlines on the front page.

My suggestion: take up the Guardian/Observer newspaper subscription at 45% discount on the cover price, but be quick as the offer ends on July 31 2011. It costs less than twice the Kindle edition price and has 1000 times the value.

I will not be extending my free trial of the Kindle edition.

BTW in case you think I'm predjudiced against electronic media: I'm 63, and confess that I have been reading the Guardian for 40+ years, but I have used mobiles routinely since the early 90s; I've been a Blackberry smartphone crackhead (currently a Bold) for 5+ years that I use daily to read BBC News and Guardian mobile news on the train; I've made substantial daily use of the Internet since well before the web started in '95 and I've routinely used laptops as my work/home resource since '92.
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on 26 April 2012
I haven't really read newspapers for years - but was intrigued about having this on the Kindle so tried the free trial. I am now an avid Guardian reader!!! I did try individual copies of the Times and Independent first but wasn't keen on the layout, but the Guardian is a great layout and excellent for browsing the headlines. I read some negastive reviews (not as many for this paper) but some mentioned the pictures were not up to scratch - I found them excellent myself. I also have an iPad too and if it is convenient for you it is possible to get at your paper via the free Kindle app. If you do this you can have the photos in colour and also white pages with black writing - excellent quality again. I don't really do puzzles and sudoko etc. and football scores I get live from the radio, but the sports reports are there and the articles and journalism is a lot better quality than Times or other newspapers.

I have only had this subscription for 3 days now but I am definitely going to continue when the trial ends - a much nicer and civilised way of reading the papers without making your arms ache. Also you can share highlights with Twitter/Facebook etc and make comments just like with books - including using the dictionary if there is a word you're not sure of. Not bad for 33p a day. Cheaper than the i
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on 25 February 2012
I reviewed this some time ago when receiving on the old kindle keyboard, where I experienced few problems. But since buying the paperwhite 3g I, and many others, have had major problems reading the Guardian. The paperwhite frequently freezes, needs rebooting, sometimes several times in the same edition. Amazon and the Guardian have been contacted many times, by myself and others, about this problem, there was a brief interlude where it was fixed, but it is now a problem again. I have reverted to my old kindle for the newspaper only, very tedious.

1. It is significantly cheaper if you are a keen Guardian reader at around 33p a day, though you can now get your newspaper free in a well known supermarket if you spend £5. My husband is developing the art of spreading our shopping over the week into £5 chunks, but he is from Edinburgh !
2. You get your newspaper reliably (mostly) every morning when you want it.
3. With the 3G kindle you can also get the newspaper when you want it and wherever you are (most places) at no extra cost ! Amazing for travellers.
4. It is more readable than the online versions : I find the newspaper easy to read and logical in its order. I don't really like newspaper websites, except for headlines. And tablets are too heavy, too much screen glare and so on.
5. You can clip and save articles, recipes and so on.

1. It doesn't have everything : no crossword for example, but it does now have the weather, and when I got a recent paper edition, it seems to have most other articles.

I think to some degree the Guardian are still adjusting to new technology and have yet to explore the possibilities here, I get the feeling they regard this edition as some sort of poor relative offshoot rather than the main edition.
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on 9 July 2011
As a long term Guardian reader but a new Kindle user, I was delighted to find this version of the paper newly available today.

I had been put off subscribing to other Kindle-based newspapers, partly because I did not particularly want to read them, but largely because the reviews were all rather negative about ease of use, lack of care taken preparing a Kindle-friendly version and complaints about missing content.

I found the Kindle content matched the paper version of today's Guardian very well (without the advertisements) and I can't see how getting around could be any better on the small Kindle screen. It is of course a very different experience flicking through menus rather than scanning large printed pages to decide what to read but once you are into an article the experience is the same as any other Kindle reading experience. The articles include relevant photographs and these reproduce perfectly acceptably - though obviously smaller and in black and white.

I have yet to decide if I really enjoy using the Kindle for reading books but, if future Kindle editions of the Guardian/Observer are as well produced as this first trial, it will help me become a convert.
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on 14 July 2011
I've been reading The Guardian for 40 years... that kind of a newspaper habit is about more than just the content. I signed up for the 14-day trial, more than half expecting not to like it, and expecting to miss the 'thingness', the materiality of the actual paper paper.

My motivation for the try-out was basically environmental - to reduce my contribution to carbon emissions from all that trucking heavy paper around.

But I love it! It's been well thought-out, it's easily navigable, the headline pages look like The Guardian.

Pity about the crosswords and the Sudoku, but I'm not an addict, so I can live without them. Real pity to miss Steve Bell and Doonesbury... but, again, I can live without them.

Additional bonus: the paper won't arrive an hour late in the school holidays, because the paper boy didn't get out of bed!

Downsides: it takes business away from my small, local independent newsagent; and there won't be that useful pile of old newspapers for all the little jobs around the house... wrapping broken china or used cat litter, and so on.
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on 7 June 2012
I have been an occasional Guardian/Observer reader over the years but have just subscribed to the Kindle edition.

I have to say that I love it, not so much for its news content (which, let's be honest, is available elsewhere). No. It is the essays, comments and letters that often have a slightly anarchic tone: no deference to the Royals, politicians are fair game. It is the least "politically correct" quality newspaper and I find myself thinking: "Well said. I agree with that". Polly Toynbee alone makes The Guardian worth 5 stars.

I will be continuing to get it after the trial period expires.
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on 9 July 2011
I'd been waiting a long time for The Guardian and The Observer to be available. That time has been very well spent producing superb versions of the papers for Kindle. It's wonderful to switch on the Kindle and have the papers waiting, and the reading experience is as good as the printed version. Lots of photographs also included, and all at a very good price. I can find no faults, it's all been brilliantly done. Very highly recommended. Thank you so much for putting the papers on Kindle.
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