Kindle edition Vs Digital access – pricing and content

03 Sep

I am currently a subscriber to the following magazines and newspaper. From the below one can easily ascertain that the model is not yet mature in terms of pricing and content access.

Financial Times

– Digital Subscription EUR299 (1 yr – standard)
– Digital Subscription EUR415.48 (1 yr – premium)
– Kindle USD335.88 (1 yr)

I am a subscriber to the FT Kindle edition and i currently pay USD335.88 which is around EUR270. This is just the actual FT daily newspaper. On the other hand the standard digital access FT subscription costs EUR30 more but allows almost full access to the FT content. Using Calibre one can also get the FT paper on the Kindle using the digital subscription, although with some hassle involved.

Foreign Affairs magazine

– Digital Subscription USD34.95 (1 yr)
– Kindle USD47.88 (1 yr)

I only subscribed to the FA magazine a week ago. The digital subscription gives full access to all the content including the print magazine’s articles. Using Calibre you can also get it on the Kindle and so far as i can tell with no problems whatsoever.

Compare that to the Kindle edition with which you don’t have access to the site’s content and it actually costs USD13 more. How does that make any sense? The Kindle edition does have “extras” such as the number of words an article contains (this is basically the only way to figure out how long an article is, which is one of the Kindle’s limitations) but are these “extras” worth USD13?

The Economist

– Digital Subscription EUR125 (1 yr)
– Kindle GBP119.88 (1 yr)

Finally, there is The Economist (part of the Pearson group which includes the FT). There is a difference here compared to the other two which is that the Kindle edition is not actually available to Cyprus yet. It’s good to look at it however because it does have the same pricing immaturity when it comes to its content. I am currently subscribed to the digital subscription model which again using calibre can provide me with a Kindle version in addition to the site’s content. I am paying EUR125 per year for this  while the Kindle edition would have set me back EUR150 and no access to the site.


It’s obvious that the Kindle editions are not just overpriced but the subscribers are also completely cut off from the sites these magazines and newspapers have. This can change once the Kindle (or any other ebook reader) becomes more capable of browsing the internet and therefore accessing sites. Currently ebooks are basically cut off from internet content. The Kindle Fire is a tablet and lacks the e-ink screen so i don’t see it to be the solution. Of course this will be solved at some stage further into the future when tablets and ebook readers have the technology for some sort of dual screens.


Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Books, The Web


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2 responses to “Kindle edition Vs Digital access – pricing and content

  1. jameswharris

    September 3, 2012 at 19:38

    This kind of price, access and content differences annoys the hell out of me. I think there should be one fucking price. And that price should get you the online content, mobile content, tablet content and ereader content. Plus, I think being a subscriber should get you complete access to back issues. The price of paper subscriptions should be different because you’re getting something different.

    Another thing that annoys me is when the paper edition price is cheaper than the digital edition. That just seems insane.

    Costas, why do you read so many financial magazines? Are you an investor?

    • Costas Taliadoros

      September 4, 2012 at 08:54

      I am an accountant by profession and i am interested in financial news. Also i find the writing in the Economist and FT of a much higher quality than that of other newspapers. There is a lot of other non-financial content in these papers. The Weekend FT for example has book reviews, technology and lifestyle articles.


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