The way we get our news has changed dramatically over the last few years and it's likely to be only the beginning. Ten years ago most of us would have had the daily paper delivered to the door or would pick a copy up on the way to work but these days many have abandoned the paper chase to get their news experience directly from the Internet. But it's not the same is it? From reading snippets of articles on the net one doesn't get the full spectrum of news from around the globe. Yet it's getting harder to find good quality journalism unless you scour online newspapers from around the world. PressReader is an online newspaper app for iOS and Android that gives you access to over 2,100 newspapers from almost 100 countries around the world. And we are not just talking about headlines here. PressReader let's you flip the pages of your favorite publications in just the same way that you would read the printed edition.
There’s no question smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of our lives. Not only can we more easily connect with our friends, families and loved ones but the mobile apps we download provide hours of entertainment and help bring some amazing products and services right to our fingertips. Some of these apps even have the ability to bridge the old with the new, something the PressReader application has done incredibly well. For those not familiar with the app, it’s a traveller’s dream with over 2,200 full content newspapers and magazines from 96 countries and available in over 50 languages. Thousands of local, national and international newspapers and magazines at your fingertips! Read your favorite publications from cover-to-cover just as you would in-print and often before the printed editions hit the newsstands! Every article, advertisement, crossword puzzle and cartoon is presented in its original context. Available on Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Windows platforms, PressReader lets readers flip the pages of their favorite publications exactly as they would if they were reading the printed edition. iPad and Android tablet users also have the option of reading entire publications using the app’s horizontal reading stream - SmartFlow. This ultra professional app also let's you set up automated subscriptions to favorite titles as well as letting you sort publications by country, language, favorites or recently ordered. There's also the option to listen to publications using on-demand audio. Users can share articles by email, Twitter and Facebook or save them to Evernote and Instapaper. Finally, you can enhance your reading experience with PressReader's interactive features. This means you can search, share and discuss articles from thousands of titles, interact with clickable URLs, telephone numbers, email addresses and "continued on page…" links. PressReader is the world's largest online newspaper and magazine kiosk, is free to download and comes with 7 free trial issues. Monthly subscription plans can be purchased for USD $29.95 which provides full access PressReader’s catalogue of newspapers and magazines. If that’s too steep, you can purchase individual issues for 0.99 cents a pop.
I have to admit that, despite my love of reading a paper newspaper, my news gathering these days is a combination of online newspapers and tv news programs as well as the trusty old daily paper. However, I accept that the days of newspapers as we know them are numbered. I'm more than happy to move over to an online version assuming the quality of the writing is as good. And that's where PressReader will be a dream for a news junkie like myself. It's a breeze to use and it looks fantastic - hey, everything looks pretty fantastic on the iPad, doesn't it? I can pick and choose my newspapers for under a buck a shot and I get a choice of thousands of them from everywhere from San Francisco to Ireland with a whole bunch of specialist mags in the mix, too. Hey, if nothing else, it will at least mean that I'm not at the mercy of the Murdoch press anymore.