The Washington Post

 
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Founded almost a century ago, the Washington Post is the oldest daily serving the D.C. area, and is considered one of America's pre-eminent newspapers. Focusing on news and information about the White House and the U.S. government in general, it is the 6th largest newspaper in the United States with a weekday circulation of 656,297 and a Sunday readership of close to 930,619. This publication covers topics ranging from politics, government, technology, business, health, sports, travel and style. The Washington Post launched a website in 1996 (www.washingtonpost.com), and is a 24-7 information site offering breaking news, analysis and opinion on national, world and local events. Coverage features in-depth reporting by Washington Post journalists, multimedia and interactive features like live online discussions and blogs.

The Kindle Edition of The Washington Post contains articles found in the print edition, but will not include some images and tables. Also, some features such as the crossword puzzle, box scores and classifieds are not currently available. For your convenience, issues are automatically delivered wirelessly to your Kindle so you can read them each morning.

Customer Reviews:

  • Missing what makes the paper a paper
    I just got my Kindle over the weekend as a gift and was delighted that I could read the local paper -- the Washington Post-- on it. However, after a few days of trying, I'm pretty confident that I will not be subscribing to the Kindle version of the Post. Why?

    1) It's not a real replacement for the paper. I miss the letters to the editor, the editorial cartoons, the comics pages, the crossword puzzle et al, and even the box scores so I can check on the hapless Cincinnati Reds.

    2) While I'm generally delighted not to have any advertising, I do miss the classified ads. Also, sometimes, I do look at the ads if a sale is on.

    3) No Sunday inserts, including coupons!

    4) No pictures whatsoever. Sure, pictures are high-bandwidth, but they are an important part of how we communicate information.

    5) Price. The paper is more expensive than a home delivery but is missing all the features I list above.......more info
  • Best Kindle E-paper
    I subscribe to several papers via kindle and the Washington Post is by far the best. Being a native DC'er now living on the west coast I love being able to read their wittily written articles that I've missed. Special sections Style, Food, Health, Travel, and all the great others I loved are at my fingers again. Their focus on national politics and government (it is DC) also rivals any other paper. Very well organized and the way articles are indexed makes navigating a breeze....more info
  • Cost basis
    When I looked at the cost of the newspaper delivery to the kindle I have to admit that I was shocked at first. After doing some more research and reading a couple of the reviews here I believe that the newspaper is a great deal for the kindle. If I wanted this paper delivered to my house it would cost $3.96 a week for the weekly paper including Sunday delivery. Now the delivered paper does have more in it e.g classifieds, OP ED and pictures. Sometimes the pictures would be nice but they are really not needed. The OP ED section I really enjoy so I have that delivered to my iPhone through RSS feed. The cost of the paper comes down to more than just the monetary value for me. By purchasing the product for the kindle and having the one work around I am saving countless trees, ink, fuel and CO2 from going into the air; all this and saving $85.92 a year for the subscription. Those savings along with those from the books and magazines purchased will pay for the kindle in less than a year. ...more info
  • Saving more trees!
    I have subscribed to the print edition of the Post for years, but, quite honestly, have never been good at reading it faithfully! I just started my free trial Kindle subscription, and I've decided that I will cancel my print subscription and keep this one. I'm pretty sure that I'll read more of the paper now than I ever did with the print version.

    Unlike some other reviewers, I am the only one in my household who really wants the subscription. My husband reads it sometimes "because it's there," but is quite happy to do without it. The mother of one of my flute students does sometimes read the paper while I'm giving her daughter her lesson, but I can always leave my Kindle out for her to read ;-)

    At various times I have clipped articles out of the paper to save, but then I have to find a place to file them. I like the fact that I can "clip" articles in the Kindle edition and save them without having to worry about filling up my file cabinets.

    Also, in response to a reviewer who said that the Letters to the Editor are not included--yes, they are--maybe this is relatively new.

    I also, as some have mentioned, HATE getting newsprint on my fingers, and the Kindle subscription neatly solves that problem. I've also found it somewhat physically awkward to read the paper--finding a way to fold it so that I can read it while eating my breakfast cereal, for instance. And I'm helping to save some trees!

    And, yes, because I am "local," the Kindle subscription is slightly more expensive than the print version, but I tip the paper delivery person, so changing the format of my subscription will not actually cost me more money.

    All in all, this subscription is yet another reason why I love having a Kindle....more info
  • Perfect for Ex-Washingtonians
    HI-

    I subscribe, in print, to the Wall Street Journal and NY Times, at a combined $61ish per month (the lion's share of that being the Times), and on Kindle I can get the Journal, NY Times AND The Washington Post (yes, I love newspapers...)for a combined $34ish. Thats just over half the cost, with the BONUS of getting the Post.

    I was afraid that the Post content would be limited, highlights only, or non full-text, but I have compared the Kindle editions to the full graphic display at PressDisplay.com and you are getting basically 100% of the printed content. Yes, no ads (Washingtonians miss their local ads), no or few photos, no classifieds (I do like to follow DC real estate prices) and no comics, but all the text is there. Monday mornings, I want to read about the Redskins anyway, not read the Comics.

    At lunch yesterday, for instance, I had the pleasure, here in SC, of reading The Washington Post, reviewed David Broder's take on our pending SC Primary, read two articles on the Capitals-turnaround and got the latest on our new Nationals Stadium. I was off line, the unit was booksize, so no computer, and when done, no paper to take to a landfill or recycle.

    All in all, a more than acceptable trade off, and its delivered wirelessly before I get up--no computer involved.

    I was born and raised in DC----in 7 or 8 more years, we will move back, but in the meantime, thank you, Kindle!!
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  • Pictures a Plus
    I find myself reading more of the Post articles on the Kindle than when I had the newspaper. However, I missed the occasional pictures with the articles. Glad to see that starting today, Oct 31, there were several accompanying pictures in the Kindle version of the Post. Very nice to see them even if they come in black & white. Now, if you can only do something to include some chart information from the business section (eg: closing prices of the most active stocks) you'll get a five star rating. ...more info
  • Reasonable morning paper
    I love to read a paper first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee. My local paper has started being delivered too late for me to read, so I got the Post as a replacement. It is a reasonable paper. It's nearly always there by 5:30 eastern time, and has interesting articles from a national point of view. I tire of the liberal bias that creeps in, but it is really not too heavy-handed (much better than my local paper). If you need to read a paper in the morning and you live on in the eastern US, this will probably serve you....more info
  • Enjoyable Kindle version, good newspaper
    Responsible, objective reporting in a Kindle-friendly format. Highly Recommended, though I hope the price will come down somewhat....more info
  • The Post is very nice on the Kindle
    After purchasing two single issues (just to get used to the layout of the newspaper and how to navigate the sections and articles), I ended up subscribing. I haven't subscribed to a newspaper in many years, so I wasn't sure how much I would read it, but the Post now seems to be my primary reason for even having a Kindle. I read it every chance I get throughout the day, and I love the clean organization of the sections and articles. It's very easy to glance at the beginning of each article and skip the ones that don't interest me. I don't live in DC, so I rarely look at the "Metro" or "Obituaries" sections. I mainly focus on the "A Section" and "Editorial" articles (plus maybe a few articles from "Business", "Sports", "Style", and "Food"), and so far, I haven't missed having pictures, and I certainly don't miss the ads and other junk that typically clutters up "real" newspapers....more info
  • Essential for the Washingtonian.
    There was a bit of trouble with today's Kindle edition of the Post, delaying its arrival until about noon on Sunday. I got a nice note in the morning informing me of the delay, and apologizing for the problem. The fact that I really missed having the daily paper in this format says a lot about how I've come to rely on it in just a few weeks of subscribing.

    This version of the Post is easy to read: no ads, no distracting banners, no "continued on B12" flipping around, and of course no newsprint on my fingers and nothing to recycle. I miss some of the pictures -- especially when there's a 12 word "article" that says "some pictures from around town this week," but otherwise, this is simply terrific to have.

    All it needs to completely replace the online and print editions is a weather report and some of the syndicated stuff we would see when reading it from the dead tree version....more info
  • More than double a paper subscription
    The actual Washington Post costs about $4.45 a month, less than half the Kindle subscription and you actually get everything in the paper (as opposed to the incomplete Kindle version).

    The Kindle subscription may be good if you're out of the local area and just want the Post pushed to you (as opposed to looking at their website), or if you're such a gadgeteer that you can't stand to handle paper.

    As with much of the Kindle content, the cost isn't in line with a non-physical product. After all, the Kindle edition doesn't need ink or paper and doesn't need to by physically delivered.

    Shouldn't a Kindle edition be cheaper than the actual physical newspaper? Sadly, it's substantially more and doesn't even have all the content....more info
  • Narrow minded news coverage
    I am a relative newcomer to the USA, living in Virginia. I was interested in finding a Kindle delivered newspaper that gave me good coverage of international events. I tried the New York Times for a week, and thought it was quite good. Then I switched to the Washington Post to compare news coverage. It was like "chalk and cheese". I'll be going back to the New York Times. ...more info
  • Loss of your Newspaper Subscription Library should Kindle fail -- DRM and Encryption
    I have been tremendously impressed with Kindle, and Amazon's support, until a few minutes ago when I learned that they simply expect me to lose MONTHS of my New York Times, Washington Post, and London Financial Times daily editions upon replacing my original Kindle with a new one after my original's screen developed defects. They only store 8 days of past history for these subscriptions and everything prior to that time is LOST.

    This is a SERIOUS deficiency in Amazon's support. I understand the need to protect the publishers copyright, however, Amazon could provide a means for users to upload their subscription library back to an Amazon utility, then have Amazon decrypt and re-encrypt their library keyed to their new hardware. Such would be the logical, and responsible, policy. As it stands I am going to have to spend the time to replace my defective display screen, from the replacement unit sent, and send back the replacement device with my original and defective screen. However, if my loss of pixels (the reason for my warranty replacement) turns out to be caused by a defect in a circuit board on the unit, rather than the display itself, I would be hosed... Or, moreover, if the unit had been utterly destroyed, even if I had backed up the data, it would be useless, encrypted, noise...

    Be aware, before you shell out money for subscriptions to these newspapers, that the marvelously rich research library that you are accumulating over time, is exceedingly fragile and ephemeral.......more info
  • Disappointed
    Today I received my Kindle 2, cancelled my paper delivery of the Washington Post, and started my subscription of the Kindle delivery of the Post. I don't think I will keep it past the trial period. I compared the Kindle version vs. the paper copy. Much fewer pictures (some not the same in both versions), no comics, no ads at all (not necessarily a bad thing), etc. I'm keeping my paper subscription through the weekend to see how they do Parade & the Magazine; but I'm not hopeful. If the Post is going to be this sterile I will check out the other Kindle options. I'm not going back to paper. Any suggestions from others out there?...more info
  • Great Newspaper For Kindle....a bit pricey for a subscription!
    The Washington Post is my local newspaper and I love having it delivered to my Kindle every morning to read on my commute. However, it IS a bit expensive, almost $120 a year, which makes it more expensive than the local print version. Given that this is an electronic document and also does not include pictures & graphics, etc, I would expect a price break similar to the Newsweek and Time magazine subscriptions. As commuting costs keep rising, this will probably be a luxury I'll have to give up when my trial subscription runs out.

    UPDATE: I now buy an occasional single issue as needed. It is still a good news source, but the Kindle version is a hobbled version of the hardcopy newspaper. I don't miss advertisements, but I do miss other features of the daily newspaper, especially on Sunday. Also, unless you are single, the electronic newspaper cost is an ADDITIONAL subscription to the local paper. No Solomon inspired splitting up the Kindle version paper between different family members. They (Amazon/Washington Post) should consider discounts for families who have multiple subscriptions. This is a MUCH different business model than hardcopy papers and I don't think they've fully thought out the economics to grow the new industry....more info
  • Too provincial.
    I am not from Washington, but enjoy good media. Unfortuntely, the Washington Post is mostly about politics, or the Redskins and other local stories pertient only to Washington DC. Whereas the NY Times is more international, and the Wall Street Journal is very business oriented but at least national, the Wash. Post is very narrow. I unsubscribed....more info
  • Same price as print but with less
    We love the Post. Mornings would not be the same without it. Post on the Kindle seems a perfect match.....OK...so....what happened to half the paper? No comics. No puzzles. The style section is a ghost of the print version. Very very few pictures. Sure no ads but way too much is lost. Heck I can whispernet to the web for better daily news for free. Make the Kindle version more like the print version or don't bother....more info
  • Good, but needs more content from the paper
    This is a pretty good improvement over the online version of the paper in some aspects, but not others. They really only need to fix a couple issues to make this a really good subscription. This is not a Kindle issue: it is a Washington Post issue.
    One, there is no weather included. Why not?
    Two, there are no sports statistics. Why not?
    Three, there is little in the line of things like movie or DVD releases, music releases, all which seem like they could be summarized in a page.
    It seems like they could make just a few more pages to fix these issues and then I would like it much more. It's just not quite a complete paper until some of these other content issues are resolved. These are somewhat minor issues, but I would find the subscription price more worthwhile if they included such content.
    Otherwise, this is a nice way to read the paper!
    I love reading the paper on the Kindle. ...more info
  • Now actually reading the paper
    I subscribed to the paper edition of the Washington Post for many, many years. But several years ago I finally decided to stop delivery. I just found that the paper generally found its way to the recycle pile without having had much more than a glance at the headlines on the front page and a maybe few of the sections.

    When I got my Kindle earlier this year I took advantage of the 14 day free trial and have been a happy subscriber ever since. It is very convenient to read in many situations where reading the print edition would be awkward or inappropriate. I find scanning the articles much easier to do on the Kindle than the paper edition.

    My new morning routine involves quickly scanning the article list for each section and if it looks interesting I open the article and then bookmark it. Then throughout the day when opportunities arrive, I can go back and read the bookmarked articles. The only drawback with that is that all the bookmarks are named "next article".

    I didn't realize how attached I had gotten to my Washington Post e-delivery until I was in an area without Whispernet access and missed a few days.

    A few additional things that I would like to see: a few photos would be nice, the weather section (I enjoy looking at the worldwide highs/lows and forecasts), the Sunday Book section best seller lists (I think most Kindle owners are into books), and what can I say, the one section I used to read most frequently, the comics.
    ...more info
  • Loss of your Newspaper Subscription Library should Kindle fail -- DRM and Encryption
    I have been tremendously impressed with Kindle, and Amazon's support, until a few minutes ago when I learned that they simply expect me to lose MONTHS of my New York Times, Washington Post, and London Financial Times daily editions upon replacing my original Kindle with a new one after my original's screen developed defects. They only store 8 days of past history for these subscriptions and everything prior to that time is LOST.

    This is a SERIOUS deficiency in Amazon's support. I understand the need to protect the publishers copyright, however, Amazon could provide a means for users to upload their subscription library back to an Amazon utility, then have Amazon decrypt and re-encrypt their library keyed to their new hardware. Such would be the logical, and responsible, policy. As it stands I am going to have to spend the time to replace my defective display screen, from the replacement unit sent, and send back the replacement device with my original and defective screen. However, if my loss of pixels (the reason for my warranty replacement) turns out to be caused by a defect in a circuit board on the unit, rather than the display itself, I would be hosed... Or, moreover, if the unit had been utterly destroyed, even if I had backed up the data, it would be useless, encrypted, noise...

    Be aware, before you shell out money for subscriptions to these newspapers, that the marvelously rich research library that you are accumulating over time, is exceedingly fragile and ephemeral.......more info
  • Kindle Washington Post Edition
    I enjoy getting the Washington Post (wp) every morning on my new k2 device. K2 allows me to view every headline within the paper and to view the break down of the number of articles that are within each section and to view items in that section only if I choose to do so. Included in the wp k2 edition is front page, metro (for every county), style, editorials, classifies, obituaries, world, politics, health, sports, metro, home, etc. Some sections, are not published daily; therefore, are not included on my k2 daily, such as, health, food, etc.

    I really enjoy reading the wp on my k2 while doing cardio at the gym. I've always used that time to read the paper, but now I no longer have to struggle with keeping the pages together or worry about the paper falling and having to get off my cardio machine to pick it up.

    The daily rate is $.75 or $9.99 a month. Now, I can smile that paper is not being wasted when I read the wp on my k2 each morning. ...more info
  • Great Kindle Paper
    I have tried a few Kindle papers and the Post is one of the best! It is a true paper of record with great articles and insights and the addition of pictures with the articles makes it even better. ...more info

 

 
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