Web/Android/iOS/Windows/Blackberry: If you read a lot of newspapers, do a ton of research, or just like the idea of seeing what the world is talking about in papers around the globe, PressReader brings them all to your browser or your smartphone, anywhere you go.
PressReader is freemium — you can read a lot for free, or you can get full access to the service at any PressReader “hotspot” or for $US30/month. Either option unlocks the site’s 5000-plus supported newspapers and magazines from around the world. Curious what’s new in the Italian version of Wired (although oddly the US version isn’t supported) or what’s in the local section of the Washington Post? Maybe you moved away from your city of birth but still like to keep up with what’s going on there; this service can bring that to you.
When I tested PressReader, I found it especially useful for keeping up with international news, which often offers viewpoints you won’t find in local media, and also gave me an opportunity to see what’s happening in communities I’ve visited in the past or lived in years ago when I lived abroad. Of course, you can get access to a lot of these same periodicals by visiting your local library, but the benefit of PressReader is that you can save your favourite papers and magazines (or even your favourite sections in those publications), and then use the mobile app to take those stories with you.
Check out the service below, or head to a local supported hotspot to get the full picture. Most hotspots are in places like libraries, hotels, airports, and other business centres, and I didn’t have much trouble finding three or four to choose from in my vicinity (but then again, I live in a city.)
If you like what you see, you can go premium, which may be steep if you’re used to getting your news for free, but manageable if you compare it against subscribing to a dozen different newspaper paywalls or subscriptions. For more info check out their YouTube channel, which has some good videos that show off what the reading experience is like, and the depth of the service’s catalogue.