Great content, mediocre delivery I've subscribed to the print version for several years and have also tried the NYer on a Kindle Touch. I'm switching back to the Kindle because the Newsstand app is disappointing on my Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S4. The price is the same for both editions, though sadly Condé Nast doesn't let you read the Kindle version on anything other than a Kindle device. With this edition you get all the ads (vs. none on Kindle), though you also see the magazine more or less as it was layed out for print. This is a usable edition, but not one that's enjoyable to use. My frustrations in comparison to the Kindle version: (I realize these are mostly annoyances with the Newsstand app, though it affects the experience.) - Poor navigation: can't quickly return to the table of contents. Instead, you have to swipe back in the "thumbnails" view, or drag the slider almost all of the way to the left. - No "night" mode (white on black). Sometimes I like using this during the day, and it uses less battery power on AMOLED screens like the one in my phone. - No page turning. For reading longer pieces, I much prefer page turns to constant scrolling. - No in-article font/size selection (set globally)
Could be great, but for now is severely crippled 1) The worst thing about this app is that it does not remember last read place: basically, most of the time the app forgets the location in an article when the user leaves the app. This is really unfortunate, especially when one is reading a long article and then needs to return to it and to scroll for awhile to find the spot where one used to be. This seems like such an easily fixable bug that I cannot understand why it is still there even after the recent app update. With the latest app update this even made worse, because now one does not have a page number indicator at the bottom of the page like in the previous app version, so, one has an even harder time finding the location. 2) The recent update introduced a moronic idea of putting the extras at the end of the article. What gives? 3) No possibility of jumping to various places in long articles 4) The pictures (illustrations, photographs) and slideshows should all be zoom-able - on smartphones in particular, the size is usually too small to see detail. In fact, when one presses the + button to see the whole illustration, one get a lower resolution image than the preview! This is really amateurish, if you ask me.
Weak at best I have been a New Yorker subscriber since perhaps 1990. Love the magazine. I am also an IT director so no stranger to computers. I started by trying to access The New Yorker on my SIII phone. There was a clunky sign-on, I had to follow instructions from an email, enter an account number, enter my zip code. Then, once I got in, I went ahead and chose to keep on device, since I suspected it might be slow over 3G-4G. Oops! Now it seems it can ONLY be read on that device? I see a big blue button, "Device Only" when I try to view on the web. I'll be sticking to reading my print copies! To be honest, it's probably as much Google Play's fault. Google play movies is also a disappointing waste - you can't upload movies you have already bought.
Awful Most ratings taper down smoothly from positive to negative, but nearly a quarter of the reviews here are one star. Such a high percentage of angry users is unusual. . Number me among them. The magazine is great. The delivery is among the worst I've ever seen. I think the basic problem is that there's no standalone app; you have to get access through newsstand, which bombards a user with ads for unwanted publications on the way to the New Yorker subscription. Once there, the service is very buggy. I was told that I ought to have issues in my archives dating back to April of last year. There are no back issues. Tech support can't fix that simple problem. There isn't space for my other complaints but please note that shortcomings flagged in reviews two years ago still aren't fixed. Read the mag; skip the app.
Fantastic Reading and Interactive Experience I just installed my first issue on both my Nexus 7 and Nexus 4, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the reading experience is optimized for each differently-sized screen. If you've already become familiar reading magazines on your device, this takes some getting used to: swiping left to right does NOT change pages, but jumps from story to story, while each story loads as one long scrollable "page" that is navigated by swiping up and down. It's a little disorienting at first, but the adjustment goes really quickly (and actually makes much more sense when reading on a phone). I hope, though, a representative from New Yorker can answer this question: does subscribing to this Google Play version offer the same online archive access as the Kindle subscription? I have the latter, and would prefer switching to this version, but do not want to lose my archive access! Anyone know?
Often unreadable There is a whole new layout that solves some of the previous navigation issues. However there are two new persistent problems. First, if you return to the magazine after some time away, it often loses your place, so you have to scroll and search for some time to find it. More annoying is the random font size. Opening an article can put you in one of two possible modes, completely at random, as far as I can tell. In one of these modes you have a choice of three font sizes: tiny, microscopic or atomistic. It is nice to have the choice, but it would be better if one of them were readable to human eyes. I haven't found any settings that assumes the reader is using an electron microscope to read. At any rate, I don't have one with me most of the time. So instead, I just keep closing the article and reopening, hoping it returns in a font size greater than 2, or until I run out of time. Sometimes I will slaughter a chicken and do a little dance to try and enlarge the font, but cannot yet tell what color the chicken should be, or what style dance works. Soon I should have enough statistics to answer these questions.