I admit it, I was jealous of someone's iPad. They were reading The Economist, for free, as they were a print subscriber.
I'm a print subscriber too. However, I don't have an iPad or an iPhone, just an Android phone and a Kindle. As soon as I got the Kindle, I looked up how to get The Economist on it. £9.99 per month. Hmmm, twice as much again as my print subscription and I wanted to maintain the print subscription. No way Amazon.
Fortunately some nice person wrote similar comments on The Economist subscription for Kindle, but added a very important additional nugget of information. There is no need for a Kindle subscription, as a print subscriber you can just use the free Calibre e-book creation tool.
So I downloaded it, searched for The Economist online 'recipe', entered my login name and password (part of my print subscription) and off went Calibre to screen scrape every single article from the Christmas 2010 issue into a .mobi file, complete with front cover image and full indexing.
It's wonderful. Truely wonderful. Every section individually indexed, with each article separated and all inline images preserved. It even feels wonderfully retro, back to the days when The Economist only used black and white images.
So many thanks to the guys behind Calibre and The Economist recipe creators. Finally, I have the essential Kindle content that it's been crying out for.
UPDATE 6 January 2011
At first I thought I could only ever view the latest edition of The Economist that I had copied over. Even though they were hand copied into differently named folders under documents only the latest edition appeared in the main list. Silly me, if you go to the end of the list of documents there is a Periodicals folder, and in there are all the previous editions of The Economist. It just gets better.