There are good, free, PDF readers for every major operating system and for every major mobile device. I wish people would just link directly to PDFs.
Agreed, and the benefit of doing that is you get a Scribd link come up on HN too :-)
A big toolbar at the top, a big toolbar at the bottom, a big sidebar, none of which have any information I want to see; ads all over, and I have to sign up for their website to download the PDF.
That's not even as good as Acrobat (last I used it), never mind a lightweight PDF reader, never mind Chrome's integrated PDF rendering.
- The html5 transformation is not instant. Everyone gets the Flash reader till the HTML5 version gets ready. Which can be anywhere between minutes to hours (I don't know the avg time).
- The HTML5 version or the Flash is worse than a plain old PDF viewer. Have you used the Integrated PDF viewer in Chrome lately? PDF under chrome makes reading PDF fun again, its the fastest/smoothest PDF viewer I have ever used
Also in order for me to download the PDF version I have to either register or sign in with my facebook account? What nonsense is that?
*NYT being the exception.