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Thursday, 22 August 2013

PressReader - App Review



If you read newspapers and magazines then, this might just be an App that will change your habits.

PressReader gives you access to over 2,300 newspapers and magazines (I haven't actually counted them, this information is from the publisher).

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
The App opens to a page where you can view various settings:

Top Stories
This is a digest of current hot topics. You do not need to be subscribed to view not only the headline and teaser but, the whole article. You can also get to the front page of the publication, a table of contents, and choose which device should receive the publication.

Sources
This allows you to find a publication, either by country, or by language (interestingly, there is not a single Swiss edition in French... at least at the moment). There is also a standard search box which allows you to find a publication by title.

Some of the publications also include a speaker icon, denoting that these are also available as audio. The quality of the audio is about the same as the first text to speech utility on a Mac, and there seems no way to change the voice.

Cost
The App itself is free, as are a limited number of downloads (7). Thereafter, you can choose to be a so-called 'casual' subscriber and pay a small amount (less that the paper edition) for each edition downloaded, or go the whole hog and subscribe to the whole lot for about $30 per month (price varies, as with all iTunes purchases, by country).

Either way, this seems amazing value for money.

Indispensability
If you are addicted to publications but not to the feel of paper, then PressReader is an obvious choice.

Dependability
The App actually worked even better than some dedicated Apps!

Security
There is no sharing of information, so no issue (pun not intended).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Stop getting ink on your fingers.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get PressReader here and support for the App here.


4 comments:

  1. I love PressReader. Best app ever

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  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 3.2.3 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Now compatible with iOS7. PressReader is now accessible for FREE in various sponsored Hot Spots such as libraries, hotels and airport lounges throughout the world.
    For current users, this new upgraded version has resolved downloading issues and improved performance and stability.

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  3. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 3.2.4 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    In-App purchase process has been fixed. iOS7 compatibility and PressReader HotSpots supports were introduced in version 3.2.3.

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  4. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 4.0.2 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Important! Critical Bug Fix!
    Fixed high load on server that caused unintentional denial of service and application unresponsiveness.

    We're making changes based on your feedback. The option to turn on or off blue article highlights used for quick access to story text view is now in Settings|Reading.

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