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PressReader has become a part of my daily routine. Every morning I fire up PressReader and download the latest copy of my chosen newspaper to read during my train commute to work. All the formatting is preserved, everything appears exactly like it does in the print edition of the newspaper, this is a key benefit of PressReader, especially on the new iPad.
I've dabbled with various newspaper apps, but few seem to preserve the character of the original publication. There's something quite comforting about the familiar tight column based layout of a regular printed newspaper or magazine that seems to be missing from many newspaper apps. PressReader is an elegant solution for those looking for the instant delivery of digital technology without having to abandon the familiar pleasure of flicking through traditionally formatted newspaper pages.
Retina display support
PressReader recently gained full support for the Retina display. If you have reasonable near sight vision, even a page of a large tabloid with be fully readable without the need to zoom in on a particular article. This makes the reading experience much closer to a regular printed newspaper reading experience. As shown in the two images below, in many ways the quality of the text and photos is superior to the printed editions. Newspaper print, though higher in resolution than any computer display, is often printed on cheap paper and suffers as a consequence. Those same pages look vibrant and and pin sharp on the new iPad display.
Your very own newsagent
Once you have subscribed to a newspaper, you'll receive a notification every time a new edition is available for download. New editions are downloaded as soon as the app is launched. On a reasonably fast connection, I found that entire newspapers downloaded in under a couple of minutes.
Perhaps more importantly for those using the app without the latest iPad, PressReader can reformat the content of any newspaper, though this means you'll lose much of the feel of picking up a regular newspaper. However, it does mean that those with a non Retina display iPad can read even the smallest of text without eye strain. It's also worth noting that PressReader can read many articles aloud. The quality of the voice synthesis is very good indeed, not the best I've heard, (that accolade belongs to the stunning Ivona voice synthesis) but certainly better than anything else I've heard on the iPad of late.
Room for improvement
PressReader isn't perfect. Even though it offers 2,100 newspapers, It needs a bigger library of publications. Also, the user interface is not as slick as it could be. But even in its current form, it could well be an ideal solution for those looking to read their favourite newspaper on the iPad.
PressReader is free and you currently receive 7 free issues with each download, so you have nothing to lose from giving it a try.
We mention PressReader on iPad Creative simply because we feel that it represents an important milestone in the life of the iPad. With the Retina display Apple is providing the hardware to compete with the quality of traditional print, PressReader is the app that bridges the gap between the old and the new. You get the best of both worlds, near instant delivery combined with traditional page layouts.
App Store Link: PressReader