PressReader: iPhone Video App Review
The news industry’s had a rough couple of years, but now, thanks to the new PressReader app from NewspaperDirect, info junkies can have their news and read it on-the-go, too. It’s all thanks to PressReader’s unique take on the news that lets users enjoy traditional print content from more than 2,000 global newspapers on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Keeping up with the latest headlines on-the-go has never looked easier.
Instead of hijacking crimped website content or linking you to outside pages, PressReader actually contains digital replicas of newspapers. Sure, you can still use this app to search for and peruse top stories, or find specific titles and enjoy them in a digital format. But, you can also get a true newspaper reading experience, including sidebars, editorials and, yes, even advertisements, as they originally appeared in print.
As admitted news junkies, we really dig this app. To make the most of it we suggest perusing the list of news sources, finding your favorites, and setting them up for automatic download, that way you always have your favorite publications right on your iOS device without any hassle. Sharing is also simple, thanks to direct Facebook, Twitter and email integration.
Yes, that does mean you’ll be signing up for subscriptions (more about that after the cut). But it also means you’ll be able to use the app’s nifty SmartFlow horizontal news format, with customizable font and letter size, and super easy access to stories. Or you can use the app to read in a more traditional manner, although headlines and other portions of the articles serve as direct links to digitally formatted content, and every page supports pinch to zoom and double tap integration.
And then, there’s our favorite feature. A text-to-speech news reader called Newspaper Radio that may just revolutionize how we consume the news. PressReader has a decided international flair, and contains news from 95 countries in 51 languages. The bottom line is this: if you want traditional news in a modern way, PressReader is your app.
Layout & Design:
Reading is a breeze with the PressReader app, especially since the app gracefully tucks away menus and options with the touch of a finger. Navigating the app’s main page is simple, with settings, search and other sorting functions located at the top of the screen. Current editions and the rest of your news library displays in thumbnail format, making it easy to find the publication you’re after, even in a long list of titles.
While you’re enjoying the news, a tap at the bottom of the screen will toggle between page view and SmartFlow, and let you scroll through pages and stories with ease.
If you’re not sure this app’s for you, download PressReader (the app is free) and enjoy seven free issues with your download. You’ve got nothing to lose, news hound, so go get it. A monthly membership to PressReader costs $29.95 if you sign up through the app’s website. Signing up through iTunes costs an additional $4.04, so we recommend getting a tidy savings just by adding the function through the site instead. If you regularly purchase print editions of newspapers on the news stand or subscribe to multiple digital editions of newspapers, this app could definitely save you money, and single subscriptions begin at just $.99, so there are a lot of ways to customize your news here.
PressReader iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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