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Amazon is reducing its cut on newspapers and magazines to 30 per cent, improving the margin considerably - though publishers will have to shoulder a share of the distribution costs first. The new split will see 70 per cent of the subscription price going to the publisher, which is something in the region of double what News …

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About time....

... since the Newpapers on the Kindle are overpriced (or were). However, the content is not that great anyway since there are no graphics, and not all the articles.

If that was resolved also, then that'd be a great improvement!

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So far...

Most newspaper subscriptions are, sadly, mostly teh suck on the Kindle where formatting and content is concerned. Calibre (www.calibre-ebook.com) does a very good job of creating those daily editions for you from web-based content and e-mailing it automatically to your device through your kindle.com e-mail address. In the case of USA Today, for example, the end result is virtually identical to the subscription product.

If more attention was paid to the content (i.e. better formatting, more images) then the 9 to 13 pound monthly subscription might actually be worth it.

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But can you still find out your collection has been "unpublished?"

See title. That's a showstopper right there, that is.

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Yes, you can

But if you're not willing to accept remote content kill switches then you'd also better avoid Android and iOS phones.

In the 1984 case, Amazon had supplied content they didn't have a licence to supply — a free edition had been uploaded in a country where it is out of copyright (Australia, I think?) and then offered for download in a country where it remains in copyright (the US). That's unlikely to occur with newspaper content.

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