The New Yorker for Kindle

New YorkerThe New Yorker is available on Kindle for 2.99, and includes the standard 14 day trial Amazon provides for all magazines.

The New Yorker has a very dynamic history full of important figures in the writing and art arena who helped shape the magazine to be what it is today. Based on the Timeline from The New Yorker’s official website, the magazine was founded on February 21, 1925.  It was financially supported by General Baking Company’s Raoul Fleischmann, Dorothy Parker and others.  Rea Irvin drew the cover, a mythical, regency dandy named Eustace Tilley that became the face of the magazine.

In 1926, E.B. White was hired to work at The New Yorker.  He is the author of the beloved children’s book and movie, Charlotte’s Web. Peter Arno began to draw his covers for the magazine that generally consisted of “full page darkwash drawings of wealthy New York men and ample showgirls.”

In addition to E.B. White, other well known writers and poets that contributed to The New Yorker were: F. Scott Fitzgerald who wrote The Great Gatsby, W.B. Yeats, who submitted his poem “Death”, William Carlos Williams and Ogden Nash.  It is fascinating to see the how long many of the contributors stuck with the magazine. We’re talking 40, 50, even 60 plus years.

Saul Steinburg was responsible for the drawing of a New York centered view of the world, which was published in 1976, and defined the magazine following its debut. More recently, The New Yorker has won many awards including National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, Special Interests, Profiles, Essays, and Reviews & Criticism.

The Kindle version of The New Yorker includes all poetry, articles and fiction included in the print version of the magazine.  The Kindle version only includes a selection of cartoons.  The reviews are mixed.  The pros to the Kindle version include the ability to carry around a stack of magazines in just one device.  The cons include navigation issues.  So take your pick.  Are you a traveler and enjoy having a lot of material in one little easy to carry device, or do you value the quality and design of the print edition?

The New Yorker is currently owned by Condé Nast Publications and their stock information is private.

Time Magazine for Kindle

TimeTIME Magazine is available on the Kindle for $2.99.  All magazine subscriptions include a 14 day trial so basically it gives you the option to try before you buy.  TIME is delivered wirelessly to your Kindle the same day the print version hits the newsstands.

TIME was founded on March 3, 1923 by Briton Hadden and Henry Luce, and is considered America’s first weekly news periodical. It was founded as a news magazine that formatted and summarized informative articles so that they can be read quickly by busy men.

“TIME was founded on the notion that a surplus of news existed which had to be licked into usable shape, felt no need to gather its own news until the 1930’s.” – The Story of an Experiment

“The double-jointed adjectives and inverted sentences of the early days of TIME were tricks that Hadden and Luce, both Greek scholars, learned from Homer, who was the author of The Illiad and The Odyssey.  The double-distilled result was hailed as a “new” style, and became TIME’S prose pattern.” – Posthumous Portrait

Also known as the International Magazine of Events, TIME covers a wide variety of subjects in each issue.  A couple of these subjects include politics and entertainment.  Each year, TIME prints a “Person of the Year” issue that has included controversial figures such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.  The “Person of the Year” issue debuted in 1927 and was responsible for showcasing personalities that had momentous effects on major events in history.

The Kindle version includes most of the articles available in the print version of TIME, but does not include all of the images.  After reading the reviews, I concluded that the images were a drawback for the Kindle version.  As one of the reviewers mentioned, there are cases where the article text might refer to an image.  However, another reviewer liked not having the graphics distracting them away from what TIME is known for, their articles. So its all a matter of preference. As Kindle technology progresses, assuming the device will continue to thrive in sales, there will most likely be more image friendly versions of the magazine available.

Currently the TIME Magazine is owned by Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX)