If LXF goes digital-only I'll cancel my sub.... I also read Linux Journal, who, out of the blue, switched to a digital-only mag some time ago. As I paid for several years sub in advance, I'll let it laps. I paid for a paper copy, that isn't susceptible to all kind of eletrickery whims, I don't have to wait for a device to boot and then browse through some folder hierarchy to finally open some weird formatted pages with tons of advertising you can't skip as you cycle slowly (because they expect you to view it on a machine similar to the one they made it on ) through the pages, etc etc.
I agree about the formatting - my Kindle doesn't do well on PDFs, cannot handle the Zinio format, and I don't find the pdf on a netbook at all suited to the display.
Perhaps my wifes new tablet, with rotatable display will prove better - not that I'll get much chance to use it.
Apart from that, I read a lot of books on the Kindle, for which I find the lack of ability to keep a finger in one page while referring temporarily to another page is a handicap.
A large tablet provides a reasonable experience, for a short time. Then the weight of the device and the light from the display start to get to you.
Can't you use the Kindle's bookmarks as a finger? I take your point though, a Kindle is fine for reading a novel, where you start at page 1 and work forwards (unless you like to sneak a look at the last page) but less suited to reference books. That's a real shame because the ability to carry a bookcase full of reference books in your pocket is one of its great benefits for me.
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." (Albert Einstein)
I recall a magazine called Tux that was distributed as a pdf only, they adjusted the formatting to suit reading on screen, so it wasn't too bad. Sadly with us no more, perhaps it was just too far ahead of its time.