Like a Blog but Better! I love the Week. I've had a paper sub for a long time but just shelled out for the digital sub as well (sick of fighting with the hubby to read it first when the new one comes!) I love this magazine because it gives a roundup up the best journalism on the biggest stories of the week, summarizing all angles. It also has a round up on international press on American stories - something you don't get conveniently anywhere else. It doesn't pound you with one particular brand of ideology. It also has sophisticated but accessible travel ideas and TV/movie/music recommendations. Yes most of the stuff is short summaries - there's not a lot of in depth original reporting more than a couple pages, but as a news source about news, its second to none.
Very good magazine content, and the covers pictures, Editor opinions are excellent. HOWEVER, year after year (1) the subscription process is poor. (2) The online version has not worked on any 'newer' Android devices. It worked on my 5 year old tablet, but as of July 2017 the tablet is defunct. It does NOT work on my 1 year old phone, nor new tablet. As one can see, there are many Google Playstore complaints regarding Android not working. In both cases after complaints, 'The Week' does not appear to give a damn. [update] In Jan 2018 the Android version did not work. Today, 08-MAR-2018 the Android version is FINALLY working. (2 stars becomes 4 stars)
What scheisters!!! I received an offer for a 3-year subscription, and after one year I received a notice that my subscription was up for renewal. When I called The Week, I was informed that I had subscribed through a third party vendor called Priority One Clearing Service. This service took my money and cheated me out of two years. Although The Week chose to allow this service represent them, customer service for The Week washed their hands of the matter by saying that they didn't know anything about how the order was placed. When I received the offer, I didn't know it wasn't directly from The Week. I asked CS for The Week how I was supposed to know I wasn't dealing directly with them. Their answer? The address wasn't out of Tampa!! Really? I'm supposed to know that? Scheisters!!!
Available on Android You can get a free digital version on android! You need to get The Week Magazine US APP in the Play Store (it's the blue icon). You'll need to call The Week magazine and speak with tech support. They can give you your digital subscription number (it's different from print acct #). Fire up the app and it will ask if you're existing subscriber. Type in digital account number and bob's your uncle! Looks great on the tablet. Archive goes back to Feb2013. Why haven't they publicized this more?!
Good content, bad tech I especially like how they cover multiple writer perspectives across multiple magazines and newpapers. This approach allows me to see how the good writers of our time are listening/responding to each other. That interconnectedness is refreshing. Unfortunately, the technology sucks. Bad customer service (none). Some issues would not download. After the subscription was over, my access to issues I paid for subsequently ended. I can't get any help from the Week to fix it.
The best news you can get in a magazine. Clear, concise, and reasonably thorough, The Week is an excellent way to review the big stories and trends. Editorial sources are well balanced for the purposes of overview, and the foreign press segments are a welcome reality check on the often insular Western media. I personally could do without most of the Arts and Leisure sections (not to mention the bewildering Best Properties), but some people like that sort of thing and the meat of the magazine is still well worth the subscription price.