One of the biggest complaints about reading magazines on Kindle is it’s lack of good support for graphics. I have seen this sentiment in many of the Kindle magazine reviews. This issue is resolved somewhat with the magazines’ new availability on Kindle Reading Apps such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Barnes & Noble has done the same for it’s Nook reading apps and have a good sized collection.
The Kindle for iPad interface makes it a bit easier to read magazines because of its LCD screen that is much more amenable to colors and pictures. National Geographic is of course known for its amazing photos, so it works the best on tablets.
The collection of over 100 Kindle magazines and newspapers include big names like The Washington Post, The Economist, PC Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and more. The good news is that they all include two week trial subscriptions, so you don’t have to lock into a subscription right away.
You get a bit of portability (think much lighter luggage when traveling!) and a better visual experience. Price wise, the Kindle subscriptions are about equal or less than the print subscription. Sometimes more. It just depends on the magazine or newspaper.
One thing I like about the Kindle Reading Apps are that they include good accessibility features. The option to enlarge fonts, change color contrast, and include VoiceOver capabilities is a big perk for people who have vision loss. Have you ever seen a large print or braille version of Reader’s Digest? They are huge.
With the upcoming “tablet revolution” so to speak, it will be interesting to see what happens to the Kindle apps, especially for the iPad. I think they will be around for awhile with such a huge variety of users using tablets and smartphones. There will be a slew of tablets to choose from this holiday season.
When the Kindle Tablet comes out, will Amazon continue to offer the Kindle for iPad app, or just focus on its own?
The Kindle Tablet would solve the graphics issue directly as part of Amazon’s own product line, instead of relying on its software platform on another company’s product.
So, it will be interesting to see what happens!
Reader’s Digest is available on the Kindle for $1.25 a month, which is pretty darn cheap compared to the cost of some of the other magazines available for the Kindle. It is a monthly magazine and is delivered to the Kindle when the print issue hits the newsstand.
Reader’s Digest is a well rounded magazine that includes a bit of finance, health, humor, stories about every day heroes and even word games. A few familiar columns that are included each month are “Life in those United States,” “Ask Laskas,” “Humor in Uniform” and others. Recently the names have been updated. For example: “Life in those United States” is now just “Life”, but the column content still remains the same.
Reader’s Digest is great for some lighthearted and companionable reading. The magazine touches on current events such as the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the economy, the recent elections, etc. The great part about these articles is that they tend to portray the lives and perspectives of ordinary people. Often, the most inspiring are the ones who struggle financially or otherwise themselves, but continue to give back to their community. The reading material should fare pretty well on the Kindle. It’s not always the most exciting material if you’re looking for a thrill. However, there are many helpful tips or interesting stories to choose from.
According to the brief article from WordFocus.com, Reader’s Digest was founded in 1922 as a monthly magazine by William Roy DeWitt Wallace and his wife, Lila Acheson. The number of subscriptions peaked in 1984 at seventeen million readers in the United States. Due to its nineteen foreign language editions, an additional eleven million readers were reached by the magazine. The number of readers dropped in the 1990’s, forcing layoffs and cut backs.
Reader’s Digest began accepting advertising revenue in the 1970’s according to one of the reviews of the Kindle version of the magazine on Amazon. The good part about the Kindle edition is that it does not include advertising. The reviewer pointed out they quit purchasing the print version because had become so advertisement heavy. So, Amazon is heading in the right direction with the Reader’s Digest for Kindle.
Currently, Reader’s Digest is owned by Reader’s Digest Association. (NYSE: RDA)