NewspaperDirect has dropped a brand new version of their popular newspaper application, PressReader, into Google Play this afternoon. Featuring a fresh new look with more graphics and details, the 4.0 release is also noteworthy for two new reasons. First up, the app displays magazines and newspapers in a much quicker and sharper manner. As something that somewhat troubled us in the past, it felt like we were merely looking at giant PDF or JPEG files of sources. Not any more, these load very fast and look extremely sharp.
The second, and perhaps coolest, feature is the new SmartFlow technology that allows for landscape reading of articles. As nice as newspapers look spread out in portrait mode, most times we like to read in landscape with a tablet stand or holding in hands. SmartFlow optimizes articles in an intuitive manner that feels comfortable, letting users swipe from article to article rather than closing to return to the home page or previous place in the newspaper. Looking at this I get the sense that much of what I read would work well in this framework, including blogs, rss, and other sources.
I’m really loving the slight color adjustments, gradients, and other aesthetic touch as it feels more app-like and less “here’s a giant scanned copy of your newspaper”. As much as I liked the previous iterations of PressReader, I’ve already fallen in love with the 4.0 version in the short time I have used it.
PressReader is a free application to download and use, however it requires a subscription to access your magazines and newspapers. To that end, there are two options available for users to choose from. One can download issues or newspapers individually at 99¢ each or subscribe to a monthly $29.95 all-you-can-eat plan with access to all materials. Considering there are more than 2,300 sources from across 95 countries this is well worth the price of admission, especially with those who love more than one newspaper. Also worth pointing out is that PressReader allows for 54 languages from around the world, adding to the value for international travelers and emigrants.
Download PressReader from Google Play and check out the free trial!