To be honest, I never really got into reading newspapers on a regular basis. These black and white paper monsters always seemed to make reading an almost impossible task, so I never really bothered.
Now that we’re in the high-tech age, I think the newspaper deserves a second look as a viable and reliable news source.
Whether you’re looking for an easier way to access global news publications or you’re hoping to switch to digital newspapers altogether, PressReader is the app for you.
Concept and Functionality:
Knowing how difficult physical papers can be to read, the first thing I looked for in my review of PressReader was readability. After all, what good would the app be if it was just as cluttered as a real newspaper?
I was pleasantly surprised to find that even though users are presented with an image of the paper they’re reading, it’s incredibly easy to read individual articles.
All you have to do is tap the title of the article and PressReader does the rest by zooming in and displaying it on your screen. You can quickly and easily adjust font size, insert comments on articles, and truly make the reading experience your own.
Once I realized just how easy it is to browse newspapers with PressReader, I was eager to explore other features that the app offers. There is no shortage of cool things you can do with the app, including saving articles to Evernote and/or Instapaper for future reference and even sharing articles on Facebook and Twitter.
In terms of numbers, PressReader currently supports over 2,500 full-content newspapers from 100+ countries in 55+ languages. This means there’s a very fair chance that even your local newspaper is supported, not just major publications.
While it would take an eternity to highlight all of the features PressReader offers, I would have to say that my favorite is text-to-speech.
You can choose to have entire articles read to you just by pressing a button, which is fantastic for commuters who still want to catch up on the news while they’re driving. It’s not only convenient, but safe.
Naturally the narrator’s voice isn’t perfect, but it’s good enough to understand the article.
If you aren’t able to listen to an article immediately or you’re going to be away from the internet for a bit (like on a flight), PressReader allows you to download and save articles for offline reading.
Lastly, PressReader presents users with very useful search tools that help you find articles related to your topic across all supported publications.
PressReader is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. New users are able to read 7 newspapers for free, but after that they’ll need to purchase individual newspapers (costs vary) or a subscription, which is $29.99 per month when you buy it directly through PressReader and $33.99 in the App Store.
Though the price might seem high, PressReader is a fantastic option for anyone who reads the news, especially if your favorite paper is not readily available or if you like to read multiple papers per day. Plus it’s better for the environment!
PressReader requires iOS 5.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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