Good on a tablet or phone I don't know why so many reviews here seem only concerned with this 140 year old magazine's politics. Surely people know by now what to expect from The Nation. I suspect most of the negative reviews here are nothing more than sad and lonely right-wingers with nothing better to do with their lives then troll through review sites about things they've probably never even read. Instead, I'm going to focus on the experience of reading this from Google Play, that is on a phone or tablet. I expect this will make for a more useful review... I don't much like reading magazines off tablets of phones, but The Nation actually suits this format well. It's never been the most visually impressive magazine, opting for straight text and simple pictures rather than a designer layout. This means I don't have to choose between feeling short changed by reading in text mode or trying to navigate around a large page on my smartphone. Plus the subscription is ridiculously cheap. With other, slicker magazines I still like the experience of paper. E.g. something like The Atlantic has an aesthetic that smartphones/tabs spoil. But The Nation is cheap, prolific and plain enough to enjoy from even my phone.
Don't Let these teabaggers steer you off course I look with a saddened heart at some of these one star rattings from what are obviously right wing fox for hire misinformation trolls hired by the corporate spin elite. The Nation is one of the oldest and most objective publications free of private interest groups still managing to survive. This enables the journalists to write about current events that matter and therefore will get no coverage from the sold out media. To try to demean it only shows that an ignorant or malevolant evildoer is trying to confuse the people.
First let me state I am a proud liberal and voracious reader. It had been years since I'd read one of these beyond an occasional online article, so I decided to buy an issue as a one-off to assess it as a whole publication. If I want to read something that is 100% full of confirmation bias, this would be a good pick. I find the writing in this to be OK, but I rarely found anything in any article that made me think about the more challenging aspects of the issues described (issues I already care about!). As warm and fuzzy as one might be reading what one already thinks on a topic, it doesn't help you understand the *other* views on lightning rod issues. When we languish and think, "yay us, we all agree," we become complacent and sloppy in our attentiveness to taking action or finding a way to make others at least understand our viewpoints. If you want reading that will make you think on issues that effect the nation and the globe, I think Harpers or even The Atlantic are superior to this. I may be back to check it out as a whole again, but it is not worth subscribing to, given how many great periodicals there are today.
Just more liberal bias It seems you just cant get an unbiased, professional political view anymore. Just another example that true journalism is dead... maybe we have been fooled to think it ever was. If you want more pseudo- intellectual, anti-Capitalist rubbish that you can get on MSNBC, CNN, Newsweek, etc, etc... then this is your magazine. If you want a different punt of view, keep looking.
Not optimal for phone I have the Galaxy S4, which has an absurdly large screen for a phone, but the layout just doesn't work for it, reproducing an awkwardly zoomable version of the magazine's print format. I'll have to stick with the paper version for now. *Don't subscribe until you test an issue on your screen.* I don't mind the $1.99 going to the magazine, even if it didn't work out.
Look forward to reading each week This magazine has a slight to the left slant, but in reality - life has a to the left slant. At least I know what I'm getting. I don't always agree with each article, but it always offers me a fresh eye on the top stories of the day. As someone who reads various weekly magazines including Newsweek, Time and This Week; the Nation offers another look and another point of view. I strongly suggest ignoring the one star reviews, as they seem to be from people who have never read the magazine.