Up front let me say I am totally hooked on eReading..I don’t buy paper books or magazines any more..I own a Kobo Touch eReader and an iPad 2 as well as a large screen HTC One S smartphone so I can read pretty much everywhere…with one huge exception. I still subscribe to the paper edition of my morning newspaper. Sure, there are electronic versions but I have found all of them strangely unsatisfying…until I found PressReader.
Sure my local paper has an electronic edition..but it is different than the print version..designed to take advantage of of the features of my iPad for example..the curation of stories seems different than the print edition with the sole advantage that breaking stories are updated during the day..(but still not fast enough to keep up with Twitter). That benefit aside it is no different that dozens..maybe hundreds of newsreaders and aggregators that present daily news stories in a format that is part newspaper, part magazine and part video that just doesn’t work with my morning coffee. Look at Today’s Montreal Gazette iPad app (on the left) beside the same paper on Press Reader.
Granted, the Gazette app has updated or added breaking stories that were not in the morning edition but it doesn’t necessarily contain all the in depth stories of the regular edition..whereas the PressReader version is in a comfortable format, contains the full content including editorials and even the classifieds of the print edition..it is comfortable to read and definitely my go to version to catch up on Montreal news when I am travelling.
This is not to say Press Reader is stuck in the past..This versatile app takes advantage of the display devices..all the stories are hyperlinked so you can switch from the newspaper view to individual articles..You can also scan the pages in newspaper or page format via a ribbon at the bottom of the page..or search all of the papers for a specific topic.
you can even have the story read to you in an electronic voice or translated into one of a dozen or so supported languages this is very handy considering there are 2,100 full-content newspapers from 95 countries in 54 languages available on PressReader. The translation is surprisingly good..compare the two side by side stories and tell me what you think.
Social media options are abundant..you can share via email, Twitter or Facebook plus you can save pages to Evernote or Instapaper for later reading.
All in all PressReader is one of those special apps that somehow manages to maintain tradition while taking advantages of the features of modern electronic devices. 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. It is my number one choice for a news reader.
PressReader is a free download for Android, iPhone and iPad, Blackberry Playbook and Windows Phone. There are 2 subscription plans..$0.99 per download with a pay-as-you-go for casual readers or a full subscription for $29.95 per month.