If you like reading the newspaper or magazines, then the PressReader app may just knock your socks off! This mobile News app gives you access to 2,500 digital versions of real newspapers and magazines from 100+ countries and supports 60 different languages. Yes, you heard me right. That’s 2,500 offline newspapers and magazines digitally uploaded to the PressReader app 24/7 for your convenience and viewing pleasure. PressReader also has some slick viewing features that make this mobile newspaper app the #1 way to read newspapers and magazines digitally.
PressReader App Overview
As far as newspaper reader apps go, PressReader has set the bar very, very high. Currently this digital newspaper app has 2,500 available newspapers and magazines to download and/or subscribe to, with just 1 tap from within this News app. The newspapers/magazines are called “digital replicas” because they appear as actual newspaper or magazine pages, exactly as they are seen in the print version – only on your mobile smartphone or tablet. The PressReader app has been around since 10/2009 and has received more than 20+ updates, adding some very robust mobile reading functionality. Below is a list of many helpful features that make reading a newspaper on your mobile device similar to a real newspaper experience, but better.
App Features Worth Taking Note Of
- Auto-delivery of your favorite publications
- Attention-grabbing SmartFlow stream
- SmartSearch functionality
- Article commenting
- Printing full pages or articles
- Sharing stories by email or on Facebook or Twitter
- Saving articles to Evernote or Instapaper
- Listening to articles using on-demand audio
- Copying & pasting entire articles into note taking applications
- Sharing your opinion by supporting or opposing a story
- Adjusting font size and type
- Automatically aligning with the beginning of an article using the option SmartZoom feature
- Cross title search
- Authorization of PressReader with a PressDisplay.com subscription
All of the above features are subtly placed into a super simplistic user interface. The navigation is kept very minimal with the main areas of content in: Sources, Top Stories, and My Library. Each area has a couple of tabs to filter the newspaper/magazine content; however, this varies by device. The PressReader app covers all the major mobile platforms and is available for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android smartphones and tablets, Kindle Fire, Windows mobile devices, and Blackberry. You can also access news sources online at http://www.pressreader.com/.
And if you’re wondering if your favorite newspaper is included within this application, the chances are very good that it is. A few of the more popular newspapers you will find in this app are The New York Times, New York Post, and the Los Angeles Times. I also found my local newspapers the Tampa Tribune and the St Pete Times, numerous magazines, and a lot more. To find out if your favorites are included, just download the app for free and look under sources, by country, and/or language.
How The PressReader App Works
Unlike many free apps, you do not need to create an account using an email to test drive this application. Simply start tapping on the various newspapers or magazines to download them and then start exploring the reading functionality. I tested PressReader on a Galaxy Note 3 and the iPad Air and was able to figure out the functionality within a few seconds to a few minutes. Once your article is downloaded, just tap on an article that has a blue title to go directly into that article. Next, swipe to switch pages, or pop into SmartFlow to view all pages from an index view.
Long hold on any article to pull up loads of additional functionality from sharing on Twitter and Facebook to saving articles to Evernote, or using the “read out loud” feature. The read out loud feature is available based on newspaper or magazine and is computer generated, but is a great feature if you are driving or have a special needs condition that may hinder your sight. PressReader is easy to use, the hardest part to this app is selecting what to read first.
Ways To Enjoy Your Reading Experience
There are several ways to read your favorite articles for whatever mobile device you are on. You can swipe your way through a newspaper or magazine effortlessly in full page mode, or use SmartFlow which is more or less an index of all pages for a newspaper or magazine you are reading. SmartFlow lets you quickly scan an entire newspaper or magazine for the article or page you are looking for.
Another interesting feature is the ability to search all articles for a specific keyword phrase. For example, when searching “Candy Crush Saga” regarding their initial public offering (IPO), I found 230+ articles across various newspaper and magazine outlets. This functionality could be very handy for research or for comparing information between articles. There are also customization settings to turn specific features on and off as well as access the FAQs in the settings section.
This mobile newspaper app is free and provides you with 7 free newspaper/magazine downloads (combined) just for trying out the app. Once your trial downloads are complete, you can purchase single newspaper or magazines from $0.99 to $5.99 each or subscribe monthly from $33.99 to $39.99 for all newspaper and magazine content.
You can download the PressReader app for free on the iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices by using the links below!
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About The Developer
PressReader delivers the world’s newspapers and magazines to millions of readers the way they want to receive them – in print, online, or on their mobile device, tablet or eReader – wherever they live, travel, work or play. The PressReader app is no longer published by NewspaperDirect, PressReader is now owned and published by PressReader Inc.
Disclosure – the developer, PressReader, is a sponsor. However, we will not review, demonstrate, or promote any app that does not meet a quality benchmark of at least 3 out of 5 stars, based on our app rating system.