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    American Scientist Digital Edition
    If you receive American Scientist in the digital format, you'll receive an e-mail notice when each new issue becomes available. You can use the links that the e-mail message contains to view the issue in your browser, to download the issue as a PDF on your local machine, and/or to download it onto an iPad.

    Due to the current business model, we cannot provide a link to the complete PDF on the American Scientist website.

    Where is my archive of back issues?
    When you receive your e-mail notice from our service provider, QMags, the digital issue will be added to your user account archives on the Qmags website. You can access your archive by logging on to www.qmags.com with your e-mail address and password. If you do not know your password, enter your e-mail address, leave the password field blank, and click "login" The password will be e-mailed to you.

    How do I download an issue on my iPad?
    To access the American Scientist app, go to the iTunes App Store from your iPad, search for American Scientist magazine, and download the free app.

    For faster downloading, it is best to turn off your 3G/4G and use a wireless connection. 3G/4G may load ten times slower.

    (Once downloaded you must register using your Qmags ID and Password—you only need to do this once.)

    Your Qmags ID: This is the e-mail address where you receive your digital edition.
    Your Qmags Password: If you have forgotten your Qmags password, touch "Forgot Password" and the password will be e-mailed to you

    Touch the cover you'd like to read and it will download. The most current issue will be on the top left.

    Features include touch navigation from the cover and table of contents, live URL links, keyword searches, and deletions of the issues from the iPad memory.

    Can I read the issue on other tablets or e-readers?
    The downloadable PDF is best viewed using Adobe Acrobat—either the full version or the free Adobe Reader.

    As a PDF, the digital edition may be viewed on most tablet computers, although it is seriously compromised on non-color devices such as the original Kindle and Nook, and is cumbersome to read on small smartphone screens.

    Below are some links to instructions for various devices.

    Barnes & Noble Nook

    Kindle Fire


    Digital Edition Help (PDF)

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