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Scientific American

By Nature Publishing Group

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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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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 2.0.2

Improved archiving and download functionality
- Automatic archiving of issues after 3 months
- Press and hold on downloaded issue cover to access option to archive
Added push notifications
Various bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Thank god for the update. Works great.

My original review is below. I take it all back. The updated version is perfect. It's flexible and does everything you could want. Didn't just go to the next level... it went far beyond. Not sure there is anything else you could add except to get my slippers. Thanks for listening.

I've been a subscriber poor years and this app is a game changer.

Please find someone who knows more than just the basics in writing a program.
Can't expand text with finger spread.

I'll be in the middle of an article and next time I open my I pad I'm at the home screen. I have to waste time searching for the correct issue, the correct article and the correct spot. That is very, very frustrating.

Download won't continue in the background.

I'd rather use the print version.

How many subscriptions do you need

Review of reviews reveals that most of the time the app does not recognize your subscription and tries to charge for issues. Even when you "successfully" restore subscription ( where did it go to néed to be "restored" ) it tries to charge anew. Thank goodness I kept print issue active as well as these do show up.

The log in conundrum just completely destroys the joy of reading SA. by making it impossible to do so without wasting hours fighting to get what you paid for.

S.A. Clearly not versed in computer science

SA apparently needs to get rid of some subscribers

I won't rehash what review after review has said. Something is wrong in the way the app logs people in and keeps track of subscriptions. I read all of my publications on an iPad and with SA I spend most of my time trying to access the magazine rather than reading it. This has been an ongoing problem for a couple of years in various forms. I have subscribed since 1965 and I love the articles but I don't have the time to deal with the app - so I'm done at the end of my current subscription.

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  • Category: News
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  • Version: 2.0.2
  • Size: 16.5 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
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  • Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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