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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Do you really get less for the same price? Maybe Not Anymore.

OK firstly I am a nook user of about 2 months now so part of what I'm doing is to compare it to say the average eBook as well as the actual print version of the paper. My guess is that my comments might hold for other papers as well.

The big thing that is really dif...
OK firstly I am a nook user of about 2 months now so part of what I'm doing is to compare it to say the average eBook as well as the actual print version of the paper. My guess is that my comments might hold for other papers as well.

The big thing that is really different of course is in photographs. The nook is ok at displaying those little woodcuts of people in the Wall Street Journal kind of thing but not the big splashy images you probably take for granted on the print version of Star-Trib.

The first thing I noted in my .50 copy of the Star-Trib is the length which today comes in at 338 pages. Now that is a pretty good bargain compared to a lot of books you get on this venue and even better with a subscription I suppose but I have one major caveat on this. Unlike the books where there is a table of contents this "newspaper" does not fire up to one. HOWEVER if you use the small color cross section at the base there is a function to move through the edition by sections for instance finding the Sports section (page 136 today).

Frankly I was pretty surprised at how long it was. You could spend a lot more time reading this than you would the paper version typically. The length of the Friday edition I'm trying read right now as I mentioned is that of a 328 page book which does not square with some other interviews I've seen leading me to guess either they are gradually building in more or that the interviewer may have missed some things or been talking about the Star-Trib website or something. Frankly I myself expected it to be a repackaged version of the website but since when did you get the equivalent of a book on there?

Another thing I've seen in other reviews is questioning of the liberalness of the paper but to be honest I'm not one of the politicos who has to put politics into everything they eat, sleep, and breath. Still a newspaper is a vehicle of opinion so it merits mention but I wanted to point out that it's hard to read the Sports Section and say the paper is 100% liberal biased. I don't know but my understanding of Liberal versus Conservative is that conservative by and large resists change and limits it whereas Liberal is the yang to the conservative yin at least in a balanced format. If the Star-Trib is liberal then it's mainly a reflection of the state residents because it seems to me there is other ways to define a papers political stance which is whether they are inclusive or not. I mean heck they sure didn't leave out Jesse Ventura now did they? You can read conservative columnists every day in the opinion section if that is your thing and I'm not commenting on the liberal voices because it is always without exception the same bunch complaining about media in general. Mind you I don't care that much one way or another as I'm one of those classical judge the person by their actions sort of fellow but it seems to me the critique of this paper as liberal is a bunch of hogwash. Then again my favorite section is the one with the Twin/Wolves/Vikings and so on not to mention all the high school and college coverage.

So anyways back to a final pros and cons to reinforce what I think is the number one detraction of the Nook version at least and that is the display of images. Basically if you think of the images the nook displays of the B&N authors when it goes on standby then you know what I mean by a sort of woodcut look. Photos can be a bit better but it's not like paper. It'

posted by Curtis_Clifford on August 20, 2010

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42 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

eBook captures the basics, but that's it. And yet it's full price?

I bought a Saturday copy for my nook. The eBook has most of the major stories of the paper version. I found it convenient to have on the nook, particularly for my train rides into work. However, it's missing a lot of items in the paper version. Specifically, small s...
I bought a Saturday copy for my nook. The eBook has most of the major stories of the paper version. I found it convenient to have on the nook, particularly for my train rides into work. However, it's missing a lot of items in the paper version. Specifically, small snippets of stats and short news items, as well as the comics, puzzles, movie listings, calendars, etc.

Basically, the Nook version gives you the major stories of each section, and that's it, but yet the price suggests you're getting a full version of the paper. If the price reflected the reduced content, I'd buy, but I probably won't pay full price for such reduced value.

posted by 2123329 on February 19, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2010

    eBook captures the basics, but that's it. And yet it's full price?

    I bought a Saturday copy for my nook. The eBook has most of the major stories of the paper version. I found it convenient to have on the nook, particularly for my train rides into work. However, it's missing a lot of items in the paper version. Specifically, small snippets of stats and short news items, as well as the comics, puzzles, movie listings, calendars, etc.

    Basically, the Nook version gives you the major stories of each section, and that's it, but yet the price suggests you're getting a full version of the paper. If the price reflected the reduced content, I'd buy, but I probably won't pay full price for such reduced value.

    42 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    OK: all news, no ads

    I tried the 2 week free subscription, but I didn't think it was very friendly. All the articles were there and no ads, which was nice.

    If I didn't want to go through the whole paper article by article, I had to keep going back to the table of contents to pick a new article to read. And all that was on the ToC were titles, no photos, no lead in, no clue what the article was about.

    There were often large photos on the paper's front page that went with an article inside (like about the Olympics) but those did not show up on the nook front page.

    At $10/month it's cheaper than having the paper delivered to my house, and saves trees, but I hope they do some user testing and make it better before I'll go e-news.

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