Review from Richard Boswell
Should be free for loyal subscribers Once again corporate America wants to nickel and dime us. The online edition should be free for subscribers.
Excellent Magazine And so easy to read on my 10 inch tab. I do need to scroll in to read some of the smaller print ads, but I like the idea that it still has the layout of a magazine. If you find that you need to scroll in constantly, it may be time to see your optometrist and stop complaining that everything isn't made to fit into your little world perfectly...it's likely the same pride that won't let you admit you need reading glasses or a stronger lens perscription. The magazine subscription is just fine. Try rotating your tablet end for end instead of trying to read it in widescreen. And for those who complain about the price...why did you bother to order it in the first place if it broke your budget as such? If your kid needs new shoes, dump the app and get some shoes, don't fault the developer for your over consumeristic bent that won't allow you to balance your budget...seek out financial councel and get the help you need. Just stop blaming app developers for your 'in a perfect world' attitudes. Thank you PopSci for giving us the nostalgia of an actual magazine in a digital environment. I paid $7.99 for my annual subscription and I just can't seem to get debt free anymore. Darned magazine.
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.
Save a tree, snub an idiot Really? There is no shortage of trees. What a shortsighted and ignorant post. No maybe arguing that the subscription price online is the same if not more in certain cases would be better. Seriously though, there is a reason that loggers don't just mow down our forests anymore! It isn't just because of over-logging, but also due to the fact that the side effects of clear cutting forests are too great. Not to mention the displacement of thousands of species of wildlife and even the endangerment & extinction!
RIP PS A painful magazine to read. The format of both the print and online are horrible. Popular Science was good years ago but has decided to cut the number of issues in half and it appears they must have given up on the 'science' part of their name as well. I suspect they have dismissed a number of their qualified writers in an effort to prolong there inevitable death as a magazine. You will find more science in Mad Magazine.
Way too expensive Last November, 2011, I got one-year subscriptions in the print-editions of Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, and Maximum PC, each at $5 (yes FIVE US dollars) each delivered to my home. So, Google, and other e-magazine providers, expect me to save the publishers a lot of printing/delivery money and then pay $$$ for a tablet so that I pay 5 times the cost to receive the same magazine but in electronic format. What the heck do they think we readers are? Idiots with money-growing trees in our backyards? I wonder if those who commented "Excellent price" really did their homework shopping for magazines!
Not sure I understand this. Its more expensive for the publisher to not print or mail a magazine. This is why you shall FAIL as a company for not shifting with the times. BTW most of the REAL articles are on the WEB before it ever hits the magazine. Most sites add new content daily, hmmm this magazine every 30days. I guess they will be realistic about digital content pricing when they are ready close thier doors.