My local newspaper has been gobbled up by a national media company. Our local news is now part of a regional newspaper. Rather than in depth community reporting, we get small news bites tucked in amongst a plethora of stories that have nothing to do with where I work and live. On top of that we have a new delivery person who tends to run a bit late. The paper is now hitting my driveway after I leave for work. As such, my beloved morning papers is now an evening paper because I don't get to read it until I get home from work.
Ray Wang from PressReader sent me an email offering me a test drive of the PressReader app for tablets and smartphones. I accepted his offer, and man was I impressed! I have used other newspaper apps and have always been disappointed. Not with PressReader.
PressReader lets you download, disconnect and read the world's most popular full-content newspapers on your favorite Android operated device, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone or Smartphone. 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.
- Auto-delivery of your favorite publications
- Attention-grabbing SmartFlow stream (iOS & Android)
- Printing full pages or articles
- Sharing stories by email or on Facebook or Twitter
- Saving articles to Evernote or Instapaper
- Listening to articles using on-demand audio
- Copying & pasting entire articles into note taking applications
- Sharing your opinion by supporting or opposing a story
- Adjusting font size and type
- Automatically aligning with the beginning of an article using the option SmartZoom feature
- Cross title search
- Authorization of PressReader with a PressDisplay.com subscription
To begin using PressReader, simply download the appropriate, free version of the app on the supported platform you’d like to use.
Now the bad news. The app is free. A PressReader subscription so that you can download the newspapers to the app is expensive. $29.95 per month. That is what I pay for a whole year of my superficial, tardy, hometown newspaper. For my area I would end up reading the San Francisco Chronicle on PressReader. I can buy it off the rack for fifty cents per day. That is 50% cheaper than a PressReader subscription. Home delivery of the Chronicle would cost me $99 per year. For that price I would also get the Chronicle's own iPad subscription as well. My favorite newspaper in the world is The New York Times. It is not available on PressReader. The Wall Street Journal is also a no go.
True, for thirty buck I will have access to 2,200 newspapers and 100 magazines. Realistically though, I don't need that many. At most I could see getting through 2 or 3 papers per day on a consistent basis.
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