PressReader creates a virtual newsstand on your smartphone or tablet with a broad selection of over 2,000 newspapers. It pays homage to the look and style of print with its digital recreation of the daily pages.
The variety of newspapers available is impressive, with such titles as the Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle among the 1,200 English-speaking publications. But for those trying to locate a hard-to-find international edition it’s even better, as there are papers in Italian, Croatian, Spanish, Ukrainian, and even one in Zulu. A total of over 2,000 are available.
PressReader is also cross-platform, available for iOS, Android phones and tablets, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.
The best experience is found on the iPad, which is the only platform that uses PressReader’s SmartFlow technology. This allows for smoothly scrolling from one article to another, or using a minimalist table of contents along the bottom of the screen.
The pinch-to-zoom feature works slightly different, instead bringing up a box in the middle of the screen that shows how your finger movement will impact the font size. The text then reformats itself after lifting your hand off the screen.
New content can be downloaded automatically so that new editions are awaiting you on your iPad, much the same as some publications do with the iPad’s Newsstand app.
Subscriptions costs $0.99 per download. For those who want the full package, access to every publication in the PressReader database can be had for $29.95 per month. While it is on the expensive side, the large amount of content could make it worth it for someone who wants to have a chance to browse the newspapers and headlines from around the world.
- Elegant reproduction of newspapers
- Deep breadth of content options
Off the Mark:
- Viewing is difficult on smaller screens
- Expensive monthly plan