I’m a frequent taker of the public transportation (like, almost every day), so a lot of my reading and catching up on social media tends to happen in those 2-3 hours. Up until pretty recently, Twitter used to be my go-to place for news. I know, I know, that’s kind of terrible, but it’s always been so simple to read everything I needed to know in 140 characters or less. I’ve always *wanted* to read more actual, real-life news, but just never got around to it, and the few accounts I follow on Twitter, I likely missed a lot of those tweets. Basically, my social media time on the bus often ends up being more about my friends’ lives, than the lives and the issues in the rest of the world.
But then, I discovered PressReader. The app works on all android and smartphone devices, as well as blackberries, and computers (Windows/Mac OS). It has over 2,300 newspapers and magazines from around the world, all in one little, convenient application. You can browse different papers by country, language, or alphabetical order. Every time I opened this app, I learned something entirely new about the way it works. Although I love e-readers, I’ve always loved a real book/newspaper/magazine more- but I must admit, PressReader makes it really difficult not to thoroughly enjoy reading right from my iPhone.
When I’m not reading my favorite local newspaper (I don’t read MUCH news, but I’ve just always loved The Gazette) I’m usually browsing recent Top Stories around the world. I like to call this my ‘adult Twitter feed’. I’ve also downloaded a few full issues to play around with the features, and realized how great the design of the app was, but also the simplicity to use, as well as the actual quality of it.
Instead of explaining all the rest of the neat features, if you’re interested, you can watch this video about it (which I did, and ended up learning a dozen new awesome things):
The app has definitely sparked my interest in local and international newspapers. Although I may never turn into that girl who reads the news every single day, PressReader has 100% given me the added motivation to turn off Twitter for a little while, and update myself on what’s happening in Montreal as well as in the rest of the world. Oh, and if I’m being totally honest, it helps that my favorite local newspaper has comics printed at the very back, which I’ve enjoyed since I was a kid. Since I’ve had this app? I’ve gone back to being a 7 year old, reading things like Garfield/For Better or For Worse/Stone Soup, but with a little 2013 technology added into it!
You can learn more about PressReader on their official website: http://www.pressreader.com & download it for free through the app store! (You’ll just have to pay for the newspapers/subscriptions you make afterwards).
*I was not compensated for this review, however I did receive a free download of P.R for review purposes. That being said, all views are my own & I 100% believe this is a great app for people who are constantly on-the-go like I am, or anyone who enjoys the simplicity of reading right from a device!