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The Scientific American Tablet Edition includes all the editorial content from the print edition plus interactive features and video.

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Active subscribers to the Scientific American print edition who purchased their subscriptions at the publisher’s suggested price of $34.99 in the United States/$49 in Canada/$59 International are granted access to the Tablet Edition. Other subscribers may upgrade their subscriptions. Please contact customer service for more information.

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A 12-issue, annual subscription to the Tablet Edition for iPad is available through iTunes for $34.99 and is renewed automatically at the end of the subscription term, until cancelled. Individual issues are $6.99 each. Payment for all purchases will be charged to your iTunes account. For more information, please visit iTunes Terms and Conditions.

Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the US and the home of the most exciting authors presenting the most dynamic ideas in science today. As the leading popular source and authority on science, technology, and innovation, Scientific American’s award-winning scientist-authored content engages, educates and inspires current and future generations of curious citizens and public and private sector leaders.

What's New in Version 2.0

- Now available on iPhone + Tablet (iOS 7+)
- Text resizing for articles
- Add to scrapbook: Tap the star icon to save your favorite articles from any issue


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Customer Reviews

They completely destroyed this app!

What have they done to this app? It used to have great presentation and interactive features that gave it added value. Now it's been completely gutted and all you get for each article is lousy blank white space and plain text. The pictures have to be clicked on separately and load in full screen. It's like they took a worthwhile app and gave it to a 5 year old child to develop this Mickey Mouse version. Now you get a better experience from visiting the website online so this app has absolutely zero value... unbelievable.

Really pretty poor from such a respected publication

The app is basic at best, offers very frustrating functionality to view the magazines. When downloading the different issues, the app serums to have a mind of its own. It doesn't seem possible to reliably download a bunch of issues to read offline (like on the plane). You'll think you've downloaded them only to find the downloads incomplete or not happened at all. I expect better.


This new app is Useless. I too have problems with missing issues from my paid library. Currently it is not allowing me access to the current issue even though I renewed my subscription earlier this year. I am also having similar problems with the SA Mind app, which I presume emanates from the same source. Back to the drawing board, I'm afraid, guys. Fortunately, SA issues are still downloadable from the web site but that's not the point.

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  • Version: 2.0
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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