Over the decades this magazine has gradually dumbed down its content and become a lot glitzier. 30 years ago the articles were written by the researchers. They were long and often impenetrable. Today many articles are written by journalists and the ones by researchers have clearly been heavily edited. Some are excellent while others are very superficial. Still it’s far and away the best general circulation science magazine in America. As for the app, I have the same subscription problem as everybody else. People have been complaining about this for years. But Scientific American seems uninterested in trying to do anything about it.
The main problem I have with the app is that it arbitrarily and often removes all my downloads regardless of available space. Believe me, I have lots of space, but is is frustrating that I have to keep on downloading all the magazines over and over again. I also have to constantly re-login. I have the largest tablets cause I like to keep my books magazines etc. ZINIO, Kindle, they work like a charm. Please fix this ASAP. Otherwise the app could be fine.
This is a nice app that works pretty well, except that most of the figures are just empty boxes on my iPhone!
Love this magazine so much. But the app is rather dreadful. They should check out The New Yorkers app
I have been subscribing Scientific American for the last 52 years. I read ever, recently some articles have been slanted to the left of the political spectrum. I would the magazine to publish various points of view. Seas have been rising for centuries and 250 million years ago the Georgia Coast was at Macon GA. Why can the magazine publish articles which describes those events, instead of blaming CO2 from fossil fuels as the culprit.
They make you call in during business hours to cancel your subscription. Super inconvenient.
The magazine is full of good content, and that’s what you get with a mag subscription. It’s also what you get with the app- the magazines you’ve already gotten in the mail. What you don’t get in the app is all the other published material on the Scientific American website. For that- you have to go to the website on your phone, and sign in. So, if you have to go to the website and sign in anyway, isn’t it redundant to even have the app? The answer is yes. Isn’t it also redundant to have an app that ONLY shows you what’s in the magazines you’ve already received? The answer is, once again, yes. A good app should negate the need for users to go to a different app- their browser- and log in to your website. And just think of all that valuable user data you’re leaving on the table by making them go to Chrome instead of your app! Abominable. Back to the drawing board dudes. Or if you outsourced, time to get a new development agency.
I LOVE SciAm, so I’m stoked I can read on iPad. One minor issue is every time I open the app it doesn't recognize that I am a digital subscriber and asks me to pay for the issue. Workaround is to sign out and then in again.
The app itself is terrible. You’re better off reading the content from a better app like the ones from apple or google.
I was offered four years of digital content if I subscribed. Once I did I was told no such offer exists. I even sent them a copy of the offer I responded to and they have yet to rectify the situation.