Scientific American

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

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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.

Scientific American App Description & Overview

The applications Scientific American was published in the category News on 2012-07-17 and was developed by Nature Publishing Group. The file size is 15.72 MB. The current version is 2.0.2 and works well on 8.0 and high ios versions.

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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Scientific American Reviews


Much improved but stingy  tangoista  4 star

This latest version loads fast and is easy to navigate. I'm disappointed that I can't actually share a full article without the recipient paying. This only hurts SA and scientific knowledge. Alternatively SA could allow just 3 free shares a month and then ask the sender, not the recipient, to pay a dollar for every additional share.

Bob Bill.

Great alternative to access Scientific American  Bob Bill.  5 star

If you have an iPhone or iPad this is the best way to access Scientific American.


Pretty Good IPhone interface  Polynya  4 star

Perhaps there is an option to automatically download the latest version when it becomes available. If not, that would be a nice addition.


Good app  remissim  5 star

I'm able to read SA articles, which is all I need from an app. There are probably dozens of improvements to be made but the lack of these does not make the app unusable. Definitely worth the subscription!


If it would work...  Andmagic  1 star

Over the last 2 months the app is not recognizing my subscription from earlier this year. Very annoying. Not recommended.


Roadblocks to Content  Ouhoo  1 star

After spending 45 minutes trying, as a paid subscriber, to get to the content, I gave up. Scientific American! Wake up and read the reviews and fix your app!


App is a hassle  [email protected]  1 star

Though I have been a subscriber for decades, this app somehow forgets my subscription every month. Intensely frustrating.


Good enough  Greggo48  4 star

For the iPad and iPhone this application is pretty intuitive and works without too much of a hassle.


Superb, except...  Bazaar321  4 star

I wish the magazines would not have to re-download after they have already been downloaded multiple times. Other than that, the wide ranging content is certainly worth the surprisingly cheap subscription fee!


Easy read, complex, hard access  smaschue  3 star

I like reading on iPad. Very nice interface! However, I think the log on process is much more complex than any other magazine. Also when I just want to download the magazine I am subscribed to,it seems I have to page through too many ads for other books and magazines to find it.


Fine magazine and website  2bbest  5 star

Having the website is a special perk that adds quality to an outstanding scientific journal.


App Doesn't Remember My Subscription  Sheana1902  1 star

I like the readability of the app BUT every month it forgets my subscription and it's a major hassle to get the new issue.


Good enough  TimMaroney  3 star

It does the job. Pretty good flow when you're reading. Seems well thought out from a user perspective. Nothing earth-shattering, just lets me feed my head with neat science.

Bruce Tretter

Outstanding Science Source and App  Bruce Tretter  5 star

Scientific American captures the essence of current science and scientific thinking and delivers it in a manner that is both readily accessible and fantastically interesting! Regarding accessibility, I particularly like that the magazine continually works to improve the app's ease of use and performance, which after all is science in action. Excellent!


Poor  howacow  2 star

Sciam is great. Come on folks, straighten this App out.


Excellent e-Mag | App More Stable  Dan_Clements  4 star

The Scientific American e-magazine is outstanding. It is much better than the print version due to its use of multi-media material. I have had periodic syncing and login issues, but these have become rarer and rarer. This is the only reason I give it four, rather than five stars. Content is exceptional.


One of the worst  W.d.canham1947  1 star

This is one of the worst. Signing in on your various devices is the worst in the industry. Don't buy digital access as access is difficult and at times impossible.


Sluggish  Foice  1 star

Quite sluggish interface, downloads are awe fully slow and seem to not recover from where they stop when are interrupted. Bad experience, better get the PDF and read that.


Lame  Visionist  2 star

Every time I open this app, it's forgotten my subscription to Scientific American and it wants to charge me for the next issue. Fortunately, the magazine is better than this clumsy app.


junk  D'bag  1 star

this is junk. second time in two months that i am bounced. i paid for a multi-year subscription. was enrolled and received monthly volumes. this app does not know me Grrrr. thinking that Nature is a better idea.

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