Rating: 4 out of 5 stars App Developer: NewspaperDirect Inc
With this brilliant iPad application, the user is provided access to up-to-date news in various languages from around the globe. In order to get the user started, PressReader provides recommendations to him/her, based on the most popular newspapers at the location of the iPad. The user is then able to download the recommended ones, or search for others that interest him/her. The user can either download a single edition of a newspaper, or subscribe to a newspaper for a period of time. The app is free and the user is provided with 7 free downloads, after which he /she pays for issues and subscriptions. With its full digital replicas of newspapers, PressReader provides a traditional newspaper-reading experience. The reader can click on highlighted headlines to read the articles, or even listen to the articles using Newspaper Radio. This is definitely one of the best News iPad apps available.
The user is able to choose titles according to country or language, or search for a particular title. He/she can then sort the titles alphabetically, by popularity, or by date of release. It is also possible to read, search, filter and sort top stories. Newspapers purchased are stored using the My Newspapers feature, which also allows the user to sort his/her newspapers, or search for titles. Various settings can be adjusted and the search requirements can be specified by the user. Titles can also be deleted or rearranged at any time. When reading the purchased titles, the user can enjoy the realistic experience of paging through them either using arrow keys or a finger swipe, and can view either 1 or 2 pages at a time. Pages or articles can be printed, and articles can be shared via E-mail, Twitter or Facebook; or copied and pasted. By pressing and holding the screen, the user is provided access to various capabilities, as well as the option to give his/her opinion on the articles. The Smart Flow feature enables the user to scroll through the pages horizontally, scanning for items of interest. Smart Zoom allows the user to quickly align with the beginning of an article. Finally, the text size and the font can be changed.
The design and layout of this iPad app are excellent. While the features available are numerous and extremely useful, they were found to be a little complicated at times. That said, however, PressReader provides its user with an unbelievably realistic newspaper-reading experience. It is certainly a must for anybody who enjoys reading and comparing a range of newspapers, or anybody wanting to purchase newspapers from abroad. The more this app is used, the more features are discovered.