Review of PressReader for the iPhone and iPad

Here we review PressReader, an app that lets you download and read your favourite publications.

What is PressReader?

PressReader is a free application that enables you to download your favourite publications to your PC, Mac, tablet, mobile device or eReader allowing you to read them even when you’re offline.

Enjoy your favorite daily read from a selection of more than 2,000 newspapers and magazines from 95 countries in 51 languages with PressReader!

With every article, advertisement, crossword puzzle and cartoon presented in its original context, PressReader offers many of the same rich user interface and intuitive interactive features users have come to love.

And with the added convenience of being able to hold your favorite publication directly in your hands and read it from cover to cover just the way you would in-print, PressReader makes reading full-content digital replicas an absolute delight with features such as:

  • Flipping pages like you’re reading a real publication
  • The ability to pan, zoom or rotate pages, articles and photos
  • Navigating publications using thumbnails or table of contents
  • Opening full articles in easy-to-read text views
  • Listening to publications using on-demand audio
  • Searching online across titles and selecting the titles you wish to download

PressReader for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch sports a bold, new look and incorporates dozens of user requests, including: faster page navigation; smoother operation; and simplified downloading and auto-delivery of newspaper subscriptions. Imagine holding a digital replica of your favorite publication and reading it from cover to cover, just the way the title was printed — with no compromises in quality, fidelity or content.

PressReader on the iPad

When you first launch the app it downloads the latest catalogue of papers.

You then have the option to either see a demo or select a paper.

You can see some of the papers available for you to select, based on where you are. You could just tap on the Download button now to download a paper and read it.

You can either use the 7 free credits to select papers, or if you have purchased a subscription you can enter your details and authorise the subscription.

You can also choose from a number of different settings.

You can select papers by country.

For example, see all the available papers from the UK:

Or the US:

You can then select a newspaper, such as the Los Angeles Times and tap Download.

The issue will then be downloaded@

Then you can read it:

You can also choose to print the page or even have it read to you.

You can even select a story and have it displayed separately to make it easier to read.

You can even search for a story if you want to see everything available on a specific subject.

It is also very easy to remove papers once you have read them.

Here is a short video of it in action.

PressReader on the iPad

PressReader on the iPhone

The app works the same on the iPhone as it does on the iPad. Here are some screenshots:

Final Thoughts

If you like reading newspapers on your device, then this is certainly an app you should take a look at. Reading newspapers isn’t something new, you can subscribe to the digital editions of various publications, but what is nice here is the variety and choice of publications you get to choose from.

Using the app was simple, I could either read the articles on the page just as I would if I had the physical publication in my hand or I could select the article and have it displayed separately, which was also useful. There was even a text to speech option, which I found worked quite well.

I found flipping through the pages very natural, and I liked that I could view the pages in landscape or portrait.

Not only can you search, share and discuss articles from thousands of titles, the publications you access via PressReader are enhanced with interactive features such as clickable URLs, telephone numbers, email addresses and “continued on page…” links.

The app itself is free, and you get 7 downloads for free. If you want to continue to use the app there are different pricing models as shown below:

Here we reviewed both the iPad and the iPhone version of PressReader. As mentioned, there are versions available for other devices so you don’t have to feel left out.

All in all I really liked the app, it was very useful and I found it easy to use.

Learn more from the PressReader website