Can’t get enough news? Then you’re going to want to check our PressReader for Windows Phone. It’s a popular application from iOS and Android that gives you a more traditional newspaper reading experience, but on your tablets, PC’s and smartphones. Just as you wouldn’t judge a book by its cover, don’t just an app by its screenshots. PressReader is awesome.
The app came out a few days in the Windows Phone Store, but it has also been available for Windows 8 users in the Windows Store for quite some time. Today we’re checking out the Windows Phone version.
PressReader (www.pressreader.com)gives you access to over 2,300 newspapers and magazines from 97 countries in 55 languages. It also does a pretty good job of replicating that feeling you get when reading articles in a newspaper.
Launch the app and you’ll be able to get 7 issues for free. You can find various publications by name or country. What’s nice is the app will show the number of publications available from a given country next to the name as you scroll down. For example, you’ll notice 291 publications from the United States are available to read through PressReader. Tap into the USA section and you can browse for newspapers by popularity/rating or alphabetically. Pick a newspaper, an issue date and you’re ready to download. You can also mark a publication to automatically download new issues and/or mark it as a favorite source in the app.
You’re downloading the entire newspaper as you can see in these screenshots. At first it might seem unwieldy and counterproductive to read content like that on your smartphone or tablet, but it’s not bad. You can do things like pinch to zoom to read an article. Or you can tap a headline to view an article in text mode and get a more traditional reading experience that you’d get in an RSS app. You can then have an article read to you too.
I actually liked the ability to view papers like The LA Times in newspaper form and browse for articles like I would a real newspaper. Then I’d tap the headline to go into the text view and actually read it. It’s a pretty neat experience and I can see PressReader being used often on my phone.
PressReader is free for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. You can download 7 issues to trial. After that you’ll want to create an account and subscribe to PressReader. You can either pay as you go on a per issue basis or subscribe to one of their subscription plans.