PressReader invited us along for a little trial of their application, allowing us to see what this great app has to offer. We are very impressed with what we came across.
Newspapers are important to a businessman’s life, we should know. But it can be a nightmare queuing up in Pumpkin Café trying to buy a copy of the paper. Well, now you never have to worry about it again, as with PressReader, you don’t just get access to your favourite daily newspaper; you get access to all of them, allowing you to be a little more versatile with your choice.
Not only do you get all the major British papers, you get access to the entire world’s newspapers. We even tested this software early in the morning before the cafes are open, and as we hoped, we were able to access all of that days papers, hours before everyone else gets to them, great for bloggers and news trend analysts such as ourselves.
The part that scared us was the voice guy who can read the papers to us. This means even blind people can use this application if they are helped to navigate the application. It is also useful if you have headphones and need to focus on something else whilst absorbing the daily news as well.
If you enjoy reading articles, you can “Like” them. It seems that these help contribute to “Top Stories” as mentioned below (more votes puts it higher from what we can see?)
Finally, if you don’t want to go through a bunch of newspapers, you can hit the “Top Stories” button and be taken straight into the big news of today.
It’s not just text, all pictures are included. It’s basically digital versions of the stuff you already see. Pressreader’s competitors are Flipboard, however they aim more at magazines. For the newspapers, PressReader is your best bet in our opinion. All newspapers can be read within the Application or be downloaded and read via the iPad. Some papers did not work with the download due to “Publishers choice”, but they were all viewable within the app. The Independent was 33 Megabyte in size. The newspaper is very easy to read once downloaded, with zoom in and out by tapping and you can print the pages if you need to as well. You will need a Bluetooth printer if you are on the iPad though of course.
PressReader App is free to download, and you can have a demo of the software, however after that time it will be $0.99 charge for each paper, or for newspaper lovers, paying $29.95 a month will net you unlimited usage.
The App is compatible with Apple devices (iPad, iPhone) as well as Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.