Good reading experience I've always enjoyed Popular Science but wasn't sure if I'd enjoy the Google play version. Especially on a phone. Just like the real thing including ads. I admit I would be disappointed if the ads weren't there. I like popular science and popular mechanics quirky ads.
Horrible Reading Format Expensive to purchase, especially considering that the format the magazine is delivered in makes it almost impossible to read. I constantly have to zoom in and out to read the magazine on a 10 inch tablet, there are pages that in landscape and portrait but cannot be read because the newsstand app will rotate if you try to read the page the correct direction. The experience could be improved if the publisher actually tried using it. I especially appreciated that the magazine is simply scanned, with no thought given to the fact that it is now in a digital medium. Links cannot be clicked, there is no rich media, and it still costs about the same as the paper version. The website for the magazine is a better experience on a digital device and most of the content there is free. Also the amount of ads in the magazine are ridiculous, you could sell the advertising for twice as much if it was clickable - and then cut the amount of ads in half.
Cheap minded So many reviews complaining of the price of this digital copy being the same as the physical. So many complain the price is too high in general. Yet this magazine is of great quality and always an excellent read. How could $15 for a magazine be too high for a piece that you will enjoy? The creators need some sort of return for their hard work as they already make not much at all. That's a reality of the field. What do these people do for a living to complain about such little cost? I'm sure the same that complain about $3 and $5 apps.
99 cent September Issue - GOOD! Previously I complained about the pricing being to high. With the print edition we could get a year for $12 which included the cost of paper and shipping. Well I just noticed that the September 2013 issue is 99 cents. I purchased it. If you can keep prices like this or cheaper on the digital issues, which are much harder to share and theoretically much cheaper to distribute, I'm all for that. Unfortunately this is for the individual issue. For some reason the yearly subscription is more than 99 cents per issue. I bumped my rating from 1 star to 3 stars. I'll make it higher if you can match the $6 yearly subscription price of the iPad release. Platform price discrimination is really the only thing holding Popular Science back in the digital realm.
Digital Edition Too High! Newsstands Physical media continues to decline, and trying to force your digital customers to pay the same price to cover declining physical sales will not work in the "New Economy". You need to adapt or close shop, and you most certainly need to bring down your digital editions price by at least half. Better to take a pay cut now from the top down, then go bankrupt trying to run an outdated business model in this new digital business model.
Takes advantage of better formatting available Pages turn properly in Popular Science and more nicely formatted than Popular Mechanics which failed to work properly for me failing to update page displays periodically. Content also is better and zoomable than Popular Mechanics. Nice use of formatting on my Xyboard tablet. Great annual price option at only $14.99.