The Economist offers a low-cost initial subscription with an auto-renewal, but do not tell you that they will never notify you when new issues are released. In other words, they are absolutely silent as soon as you give them your credit card. Meanwhile, you are assuming that it is like any other magazine that lets you know when a new issue is released. (And yes, my email address was correct in their system.) What magazine assumes that it's the subscriber's responsibility to schedule weekly visits to their website? Do they assume the reader is a millionaire with nothing better to do than visit their site to see if there is content that interests them? Or is telepathically connected to their authors and editors? So I received not a single notice of new issues or articles, nor any notice of renewals ... then discovered it on my credit card 9 months and $147 later. I never saw a single article of the magazine ... meanwhile my card was charged every quarter, which customer service refused to remove. Disgraceful and deceptive business practices. Stay away from this company.
Like others, not able to use my subscription to get playstand content!! As with so many other subscribers of the Economist who have complained about this in 2014, I am also a current subscriber. I get mailed a physical issueand and I have an online access.. However, I -- as many others do -- want to be able to read the magazine via Google Newsstand. A central location and repository is enormously helpful and should be easy to address. PLEASE DO SO (also, please stop pushing the cop-out pro-Inflation globalist & NWO agenda (see Oct. 25th issue). Thanks in advance for both. : - )
I thought this was a real subscription to the Economist, but it turns out that if you purchase through Newsstand you can't access your subscription from other devices like the Economist app for iPhone. Furthermore, the Google version of an Economist subscription has a terrible refund policy (no refunds, basically). The Economist customer service can't even help you with account problems, so you're stuck calling Google for help, and you can guess how well that goes. In short, buy a real subscription, not the scammy Google version. The Economist should be ashamed to offer shoddy imitation subscriptions at full price through Google. I expected better and am left in the lurch.
Current Subscriber PROBLEM I am a current Economist subscriber who receives the physical edition as well as having access to the digital app (which I currently read The Economist on). HOW do I go about applying my subscription within the Google Play Newstand?
The Economist has great content, but good lord please fix the format I love The Economist, and the actual magazine is great, but I don't want a physical subscription. I tried subscribing to their online edition years ago, but their app was so clunky and the way the articles rendered on a small screen was so frustrating that I canceled it. I was excited to see they were coming to the Newsstand app, because I assumed their articles would finally be in a format that I could flip through on my phone without having to deal with titchy zooming capabilities. Unfortunately not. Surely they'll address this eventually though, and I hope sooner rather than later.
Stiff, unaesthetic, and feature-less. Very disappointing overall This Economist version can be read in two ways: 1. as scanned pages like a PDF 2. as mobilized text that is more legible. Both options lack some serious features: 1. Does not link to an existing subscription 2. Ability to access a table of contents, change text size and to switch between a day and night reading mode 3. Ability to share articles 4. Completely fails to exploit the user-friendly functionality & design potential that is enabled by Google Newsstand