App of the week: PressReader
Operating systems: Apple (iPhone and iPad), Android, HoneyComb BlackBerry and Windows
Cost: Free (but you pay $0.99 per download after you’ve used seven free credits)
What is it and how is it of use to journalists? An app that allows you to read newspapers. PressReader is the app from digital newspaper edition provider PressDisplay which enables you to read newspapers in their original format. The PressReader iPhone app has been around since 2009 and there are now over 1,900 newspapers in various languages to choose from. You can read the paper page-by-page and zoom in, click the headlines to take you to a particular article and share by Twitter and Facebook.
Sam Coates from the Times, who nominated the app, described it as “invaluable”.
It’s particularly useful for reading newspapers that can be hard to get hold of, like the print editions of local newspapers. For example, I’ve just downloaded read the latest edition of the Kentish Express, a paper I used to work on, for free.
Reviews: It gets four stars in the iTunes App Store and in the Android Marketplace
Recommended by: @SamCoatesTimes
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