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Lots of people love the idea of switching from hard copy magazines and newspapers to digital, but one potential downside is that you can’t always “clip” articles from a digital edition to save them the way you would with a hard copy edition. Here are some ways around that limitation.
Monochrome Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite
If you use a monochrome (black and white) Kindle or a Paperwhite, you can clip with abandon because there’s a built-in menu item for clipping from any kind of digital document on the Paperwhite and Kindle monochrome models’ menus.
Click here to go to the Kindle 1st Generation help page, then click on the Saving Clippings link to jump to the page section about using this feature. It works pretty much the same on all Kindle monochrome models and on the Paperwhite, though specific language used in the on-screen menus may vary from model to model.
Some Digital Editions Offer Clipping Capability In Their Own Menus
This should be your first stop on the S.S. Digital Clipper Trial-and-Error Cruise, because this type of clipping will be the easiest. Granted, as of this writing most digital magazines and newspapers do not offer this feature. But publishers are starting to wise up to the fact that allowing their readers to share digital “clippings” to social media sites will help them sell more subscriptions, so little by little, publishers are starting to add a “clip/share/save” menu item.
On mobile devices, digital magazines and newspapers are handled the same as apps. With the digital magazine or newspaper open to the content you want to clip, tap on whatever icon will open the in-app menu on your specific device and look for a clip/save/share menu item. If it’s there, follow the on-screen prompts to give it a whirl.
Alternatively, some digital magazines and newspapers are offering pop-up menu clip/save/share options on the “page” itself. Where available, it’s most typically tied to images. To check for it, double-tap an image and see if a pop-up menu appears.
Use Your Device’s Print Feature, Where Available
For the most part digital magazine and newspaper publishers do not want their subscribers to have the ability to print out copies of their content, whether in hard-copy or digital (e.g., PDF) format, because they fear this will lead to piracy. However, where a given device has a Print function built into its main menu, it will not always be disabled when viewing a digital magazine or newspaper.
With the digital edition open to the content you want to clip, tap the icon or press the button for your device’s main menu (often called the Settings or Options menu) and see if the Print icon is still there, and undimmed (disabled). Sometimes, you’ll get lucky!
Note that on the second-generation Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX, the Print function is app-specific. The Print menu item will only be available in the in-app menus of apps that support printing, such as Office Suite Pro. Again, select digital magazines and newspapers may include the Print option within their own menus, but as of this writing the great majority do not.
Use Your Device’s Screenshot Function
Even when there’s no built-in device menu function for clipping and the magazine or newspaper itself doesn’t offer a clip/save/share menu option, you can use your device’s screenshot function to grab a screenful of magazine content at a time, as I’ve done with my digital edition of Science News on my Kindle Fire HDX, below (tap or click on image to view an enlarged version in a new tab or window):
Note that I happened to have the magazine’s Table of Contents open at the time, but I could also have closed it to capture more article content, or even rotated my Fire HDX to portrait orientation before taking the screenshot to maximize article content capture. Also note that I tend to keep my text sized pretty large, so resizing the font size to something smaller would also increase content capture.
Click here to read my DMM post about how to take a screenshot on a 2nd gen HD or HDX. Note that earlier-generation Kindle Fires don’t have any easy means for taking screenshots, so if that’s the device you have you’re not going to be able to use this tip.
On an older iPad, press and hold the Home button, then (while still holding the Home button down) quickly slide the sleep/wake button once to take a screenshot. On newer iOS 7 models, users report that the process is a bit trickier: you must activate the same two buttons, but simultaneously.
I can’t possibly cover every other available digital device and smartphone out there, but a quick Google search on [device name] + screenshot should point you toward some online how-to’s. Here’s an example of an actual search you might use on Google:
“Samsung Galaxy Tab 4″ + screenshot
Hopefully, clipping functionality will soon be a standard feature of ALL digital magazines and newspapers. Until then, try these methods!
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I really love my Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, and even though I was reluctant to switch to digital-format magazines, I’m finding they look and perform great on my HDX’s 8.9″ screen. Some digital edition magazines even snip out the ads when you’re a paying subscriber (like Science News, pictured above, which costs only $2.25/mo and delivers two issues per month)!