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How to Locate Superior Subscription Content on Your Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite content isn’t restricted to just e-books. In fact, one of the earliest selling points of the device was the capability to subscribe to Kindle versions of popular magazines, newspapers, and blogs. This type of content has been steadily increasing over the years. At present, several hundred magazines, newspapers, and blogs are available.

You have two options available for acquiring this type of content — an ongoing subscription or the purchase of a single issue. Per issue prices for a subscription will be less than the price to purchase a single issue, and both will usually be less than a traditional subscription or a print purchase.

If price is the determining factor, do your homework and shop around. On the other hand, if decreasing the clutter in your home is important and you want the convenience of wireless delivery daily, weekly, or monthly, you may find that a Kindle subscription is a viable option.

Some subscription content is available for free online, such as certain newspapers. So why pay for a Kindle Paperwhite subscription? If you commute on a train or a bus, the convenience of having the paper on your Kindle Paperwhite might be the deciding factor. On the other hand, if you like to read the paper on your computer, a subscription might not be a smart purchase.

Further, some online periodicals restrict content and make it available only to subscribers. For example, the New York Times limits nonsubscribers to ten articles per month online. Subscribers have unlimited access to the online edition, the complete archives of the New York Times, plus the convenience of having the paper delivered directly to the Kindle Paperwhite every morning at 4 a.m. (EST).

All Kindle subscriptions come with a minimum 14-day free trial. Special promotions may be offered with 90-day free trials for subscription content. You can cancel any time during the trial. If you don’t cancel, your subscription begins automatically at the end of the trial period. Of course, you can cancel a subscription at any time, even after subscribing; you’ll receive a pro-rated refund on the unused portion.

Please note that the trial (14 or 90 days) is a one-time option — if you cancel and then decide later you want to subscribe, even if many months have passed, your new paid subscription starts immediately.

Kindle subscriptions can be confusing because there are lots of little quirks that are generally not an issue with e-books. Recognize that many of these exist because of the way the publisher has decided to format and distribute the content, and thus these issues are not under the control of Amazon. Here are some things to be aware of:

  • The Kindle Paperwhite is a grayscale device. Magazines and newspapers that rely heavily on color photographs don’t look the same on the Kindle Paperwhite. For this reason, your reading experience may not be a pleasurable.

  • Content in the print edition may not be included in the Kindle subscription version. For example, the New Yorker doesn’t include its full complement of cartoons, and National Geographic doesn’t include all the pictures found in the print edition. You should definitely take advantage of the free trial to determine whether you will find the content, as presented, satisfactory.

  • Not all periodicals are available for all devices, such as smartphones and the Kindle for PC app. Which devices are supported is clearly identified on the subscription page. For example, if you hope to read your subscription to the New Yorker on your iPhone, you’re out of luck.

  • Unlike e-books, subscription content can be read only on one Kindle. You can’t share subscriptions among devices, although you can change the device to which the subscription is delivered.

  • Only recent issues of newspapers and magazines and recent blog entries remain available on your device. Older issues of e-newspapers and e-magazines and older blog entries are deleted automatically from your Kindle Paperwhite to make room for additional content.

Older issues of newspapers and magazines appear inside the Periodicals: Back Issues grouping, which usually appears at the end of the content listing. The screen displays the back issues you have on your Kindle Paperwhite. Newspaper and magazine issues that are more than seven issues old are automatically deleted to free up space for new content. The word Expiring next to an issue indicates that it’ll be deleted soon.

If you want to keep a copy of an issue on your Kindle Paperwhite, follow these steps:

  1. Open the specific issue from the listing of periodicals.

  2. Tap the top of the screen to display the toolbar.

  3. Tap Menu→Keep This Issue.

Alternatively, from the list of periodicals, tap and hold down on the issue you want to keep. When the pop-up menu appears, select Keep This Issue.

You can delete a saved issue by following the preceding steps and selecting Do Not Keep This Issue from the Menu in Step 3.

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