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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

- 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

Mostly better, room for improvement

The negative reviews here make valid points, but for me the new format is a significant improvement over the bloated, inaccessible previous format.

Each issue takes a fraction of the storage required before, the text can be copied and pasted, resizable text is a blessing, and landscape support. As pretty as the DPS stuff was, it was not always very functional.

Accessibility can be further improved with Speak Screen support (have not tried VoiceOver but that should be there as well), Split View and Slide Over for iPads, and keyboard shortcuts for navigation. Maybe some choice of typeface (Dyslexia font maybe?).

The multimedia and embed of web site and sliding panels are gone (at least for now) but they were a little annoying and distracting to me.

It's bad that older issues are no longer available in the app. Hopefully it is in the plan to convert those to the new format and restore access to that material over time.

A stretch goal would be to include some sort of index to the available issues so you could search, download (if necessary) and open to the reference. Far more do-able with the new format.


The added features in the E-version are quite good. But I have not been happy with SA's electronic setup. I have subscribed to the magazine for 45 years and was happy to find out there was an electronic version--until I was told I had to get the paper copy AND pay separately to get the e-version. For various reasons, I fell behind by several issues and just started to catch up only to discover the whole iPad app looked different. Several issues were available for download and some older issues which should have been available were listed at $5.99 each. I only show one issue downloaded, but my memory management still shows 17gig used for SA. More than a dozen Nat. Geo. issues with their added features take much less space. Not happy.

new version frustrating

Biggest grief about the update: doesn't maintain my page scroll when I reopen the app. I usually don't read feature articles in one sitting and it's pretty maddening when the old version did keep scroll position. Also had to jump through all sorts of hoops (uninstalling, reinstalling) to finally get new issues after my new issues just stopped showing up with no messaging to say why. Images and data visualizations also took a step backward with the new version, but hopefully they're working on that. The plus side is that you no longer have to click through to the Apple bookshelf, and the new app is definitely faster.

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