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NewspaperDirect gearing up for Apple iPad! PressReader version 1.3.1 released for iPhone/iPod Touch

What a great day!  With the sun shining down on Vancouver and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in full swing, NewspaperDirect today announced the release of version 1.3.1 of our popular PressReader application for both the iPhone and iPod Touch as well as a version of PressReader for the upcoming Apple iPad!

With the release, NewspaperDirect would love to express our sincere thanks to all the subscribers who took the time to provide us with valued feedback.  The new iPhone and iPod Touch PressReader enhancements will see PressDisplay.com users benefit from improved navigational features, help utilities and most importantly, easier authorization of PressDisplay accounts.  Here is the complete list of features version 1.3.1 of PressReader offers:

  • Navigate publications using thumbnails or tables of contents, divided by section
  • Jump to next page using article hyperlinks
  • View stories as rich graphics or text views
  • Access on-demand audio
  • Share articles via email
  • Subscribers can set up automated subscriptions to automatically download their favorite titles every day
  • Download and pay directly from online view
  • Search online across titles and select title for download from search results
  • Access Help with instructions and a handy video demo
  • Ability to use existing PressDisplay.com account along with standalone device authorization.

With 1,400 + titles available to our subscribers, our goal is to make the PressReader application as comprehensive, user friendly and easy to use as possible.

“Other news applications for the iPhone offer limited website access or an abridged version of the publisher’s content, whereas PressReader delivers your favorite publication in its entirety and original layout – it’s just like reading the paper,” said Alex Kroogman, CEO of NewspaperDirect. “We’re continually enhancing PressReader for iPhone in response to user feedback, and the upcoming version for Apple iPad will deliver an immersive and visually stunning experience.”

With a little over a week and half left until the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games and Apple iPad availability nearing, now is the perfect time to test PressReader out on your Apple device.  Enjoy and make sure to keep sending us your feedback!



  1. Andy
    February 18, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I definitely like the new version. I got it for my iTouch. Nice to know it has been optimized for the iPad before the iPad is even available. I will be at least 2 months I think before the 64 GB model with the modem is available.

    How about the web OS version for the palm Pre? When will that version be available? I am patiently waiting with my Pre in hand now…

    • Michael Oksinski
      February 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm

      Hi Andy,

      Unfortunately, I don’t have great news to report on the Palm Pre. With resources being allocated to the iPad and several new eReaders, not to mention several exciting new devices that we’ll be announcing in the spring (we have to stay hush on these for confidentiality reasons at the moment), the Pre has fallen down the ladder somewhat with regards to its priority. For that, we apologize sincerely. I know you’ve been patiently waiting for news on this and I know this isn’t the news you wanted to hear. I’ll keep you posted when I hear any progress.

      Thanks for writing once again!


  2. Andy
    February 18, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I have mentioned this elsewhere, but it would be great if a future version allowed bookmarking of articles on the iPhone. when I am reading I often skim the new papers to see what is interesting and want to come back later to read in depth what I am interested in without having to bother which paper it is in or what page it was on. This ability already exists with the online press display site, but I would like it offline on my iPhone (with no limit of course to the # of bookmarks, although I would accept, but not like, a time limit)

    • Michael Oksinski
      February 18, 2010 at 1:18 am

      Hi Andy. Thanks for writing. It’s always great to hear from our subscribers with suggestions on how we can improve our products :). Including the bookmarking feature in the app is a great idea and it’s certainly one our Product Management Team feels would be beneficial. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who feel exactly the way you do and I know it would definitely be nice to have the ability to quickly return to articles or pages we’ve skimmed over. We’ll keep you posted…

      Thanks again!

  3. Andy
    February 18, 2010 at 4:27 am


    Seems Bestbuy FINALLY has IREX up for sale today. Can you clarify whether or not downloads of exisiting press reader subscriptions onto irex via verizon wireless will be free to download, that is, since I already have piad for my (2) personal accounts if I want one device to be the IREX reader can I wirelessly download my papers or will I have to manually convert and drag them over via USB (a pain). I am wondering whether I will wait for the iPad or not…because with Ipad I will need to pay ATT to download my papers.

    • February 18, 2010 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Andy

      Sure is good news to see IREX finally being sold at Best Buy. As for the fees…you can use your PressDisplay account to download papers to the IREX just like you do other devices. However, for over-the-air downloads, we have no control over mobile carrier charges, and although we have optimized (compressed) files for over-the-air downloads, there will be a surcharge which might vary depending on the size of the issue (on average about $1.00).

      When connecting IREX over USB and syncronizing it with a computer, there is no additional charge, although it isn’t quite as convenient, I agree.


  4. Andy
    February 26, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    In a future update to the iphone software it would be nice if it could switch to landscape view.

    • Michael Oksinski
      February 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Andy. Yes, landscape is definitely on the horizon and I’m confident it’ll make a great app even better :).



  5. Andy
    February 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    And I was noticing a difference between the kindke app and the press reader app. With kindle when I am downloading a book, the device never times out. But with press reader if I am downloading a paper to the iTouch, after 30 seconds or 45 seconds the device turns the screen to the charging screen and the downloading stops. At first i thought, OK this is sometime limit from the itouch that if you do not touch the screen for sometime it turns off and unfortunately press reader stops downloading in the background.

    However with kindle the screen stays in the app whether you touch it or not until it finishes downloading the content.

    So it seems like this is some parameter that CAN be controlled by the app. And it is very important. Because I would like the papers to download over night. I wish I could set an alarm or something so that that itouch wakes up at 3 am, press reader starts, and starts to download the newspapers.

    Sometimes I a late to work trying to download a newspaper from wifi at 7 am when your servers a re very busy. I would rather do it at 3 or 4 in the morning automatically.

    • Michael Oksinski
      February 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Andy. Downloading papers automatically would be an amazing feature for the iPhone and iPod Touch Apps. Hopefully we’ll get there in the not so distant future!

      In the mean time though, you can adjust the auto-lock feature on your Touch. If you go into settings > general > auto-lock, you have several options to prevent it from locking so quickly. You can even adjust it so it never locks guaranteeing your papers will download in their entirety every single time.

      Hope that helps!


    • Tim Crockford
      April 16, 2010 at 3:08 am

      (Realise this post is from Feb, but in case anyone else is having the same issue). The problem here is that the iPhone automatically shuts down it’s Wifi connection when it goes into sleep mode, regardless if something is using it or not, which is quite frustrating at times!

      Michael’s solution above will resolve the problem, although then your phone won’t go into lock, which isn’t a big issue if you’ve got it plugged in, but more of an issue if it’s not.

      Alternatively, if you’ve got a jailbroken iPhone, you can install the app Insomnia which allows the Wifi to remain connected even if the phone goes into sleep mode. This means the screen can be off and your papers will still continue to download via your Wifi.

      • Michael Oksinski
        April 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm

        Hi Tim…Thanks for the great tip!


  6. Sal
    March 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I have ordered an ipad and want to know, is the Iphone app the thing for the Ipad or are you going to have a special ipad applications, if so will it be ready by April 3rd?

    • Michael Oksinski
      March 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      Hi Sal. Thanks for taking the time to write. The iPad PressReader app will definitely be ready by April 3rd. It will be available through the App Store just like the iPhone app only it’ll be optimized for the larger iPad screen.


  7. Laurence
    March 16, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I’ve already reserved my iPad and I have to say, the number one reason why I want this so much is to read PressDisplay. So I’m very glad you’ve been working hard to make my gadget dreams come true. 🙂

    • Michael Oksinski
      March 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm

      Hi Laurence. Thanks for the great comment!

      Well, we’ve been saying, if you already enjoy using the PressReader app on your iPhone or iPod Touch, PressReader for the iPad will be nothing short of spectacular with the size and clarity of the iPad screen. We’re just as excited as you! 🙂



  8. Trey Mackie
    March 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I have an iPad on order and currently use your app on my iPhone. I live in Atlanta, GA and wonder if you have any news on the Atlanta Journal/Constitution being added to your library?



    • March 29, 2010 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Trey
      I sure wish we did have the title. We continue to have conversations with the publisher, but so far, no luck. But…We always encourage our customers to contact their favourite publications to help in these efforts. wink wink 🙂


  9. Laurence
    April 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Day one with the new iPad, and PressDisplay was one of my first apps. It looks like you’ve still got an iPhone program up…is that correct? It’s a little tricky but it’s actually not bad for the iPad once you get used to the navigation. The newsprint is a bit blurry like all iPhone apps in 2x size, so I hope there is a native iPad program on the way. This app is ok for now, though.

    • Michael Oksinski
      April 5, 2010 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Laurence,

      The optimized iPad PressReader app is right around the corner. We’ve received several devices in house over the weekend and are just waiting for our developers to put the finishing touches on it. It shouldn’t be long now :).



  10. Kelly
    April 10, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Any updates on the release of the iPad PressReader app. I enjoy the iPhone version but can’t wait for the iPad app.



    • Michael Oksinski
      April 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm

      Hey Kelly. The app is still being approved by Apple. I encourage you to check back daily, it should be available really soon! 🙂


      • Laurence
        April 13, 2010 at 2:20 am

        I’m checking the App Store about 5 times a day. Can’t wait!

      • April 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm

        You and me both Mark 🙂


  11. April 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Still nothing. Adding a comment so that I can subscribe to follow up comments and be notified when this app finally launches.

    My goodness, Apple’s approval process takes a long time. This app is the main reason I bought an iPad. The wait is driving me nuts.

  12. Tim Crockford
    April 16, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Has any progress been made on the ability to use subscriptions on the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad devices? I realise Apple’s draconian app approval process may be the cause of the problem, but has anyone considered having two versions of the app? One for PAYG content and the other for subscription based content? It wouldn’t be hard to verify users had a subscription by forcing them to log into the subscription version of the app before getting to any content.

    Alternatively, have a look at the system used by Tapulous for the Tap Tap Revenge games. They’ve got an in-game system where you can purchase music using either your app store account, or ‘credits’, where 100 credits will get you two songs or 300 will get you six. If you were to implement a similar system in PressReader where you simply add credits to a subscription based user’s account each month, they could use up their credits first, and then further PAYG purchases would come out of their app store account.

    • Michael Oksinski
      April 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

      Hey Tim. Actually, using existing PressDisplay subscriptions on the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad devices has been made significantly easier with our most recent PressReader release. All you have to do is:

      1. Start PressReader
      2. Select Settings
      3. Select Authorize
      4. Enter your PressDisplay account credentials (Username and Password)
      5. Click the Authorize button

      These steps should resolve any issues you may have been having and eliminate the need for two distinct apps as you suggested.

      Hope that helps and thanks again for the helpful insight!


      • Tim Crockford
        April 19, 2010 at 12:05 am

        Excellent, I hadn’t realised that! According to the FAQ on the PressDisplay site, iPhone issues are still charged at a fixed amount per issue, but if that’s no longer the case, then I’ll have to look at a subscription!

  13. Kelly Smy
    April 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Does anyone have any updates as to when the Pressreader app for the iPad will be available. I am using the iPhone app on my iPad but it’s just not cutting it for me. I resort to using my Macbook to read the newspaper which is ok but not what I’d like to do.

    Hurry up Apple and release the Pressreader App for the iPad.

    • Michael Oksinski
      April 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      Hi Kelly…Unfortunately, I have no major updates for you other than telling you we spoke with Apple yesterday morning and they’re still insisting the app is on the verge of approval.

      As we’ve all heard this story more than once over the last several weeks, I can definitely empathize with you and all of our other subscribers looking forward to using PressReader on their iPads.

      I can assure you though that the wait, as long and painful as it’s been, will be well worth it. I’ve seen the app in action and it really does look fantastic on the iPad.

      Hang in there! 🙂


  14. Marc klein
    June 9, 2010 at 5:37 am

    I don’t understand your subscription plan. Does the economy plan limit me to just one newspaper each day? Do I have to get the personal plan to read more than one newspaper each day?

    Do I understand that the NY Times and WSJ are not available on your site?

    • June 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Marc
      The economy plan allows you to read 31 issues over a 1 month period. You can download them all in one day or spread them over the month any way you wish. You can choose any title as well – it doesn’t have to be the same title each time.

      The Personal Plan allows for “unlimited” access, under our terms of fair use. That usually equates to a few papers a day for most people.

      We have the WSJ Europe and Asia, but not North America (yet). And we don’t have the NYTs (yet). We are continuing to communicate with both publishers trying to get them on PressDisplay. It’s a challenge as they like to do their own thing, but we never give up trying.


  15. Marc Klein
    June 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm


    I appreciate your very fast response, but I’m afraid it’s just as unclear as the language used on the Press Display website. Let me break this down to what my particular needs are. I want to be able to read the San Francisco Chronicle seven days a week indefinitely. Presumably the economy plan will allow that. What I don’t understand is whether I can read a second, third, fourth… publication each day under the economy plan or if that plan only permits one newspaper per day. You should do a better job of addressing this question on your registration page. Also you didn’t answer me about Wall Street Journal or New York Times. You don’t offer either, correct?

    Thank you.


    • June 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Marc
      If you want to read the SFC seven days a week (ie. 31 issues of the newspaper), then the Economy plan would be the choice for you. But if you want to read all those 31 issues and some other papers every month then you would be charged 75 cents for every paper you read over and above the 31 allowed under the Economy plan. I hope this makes more sense to you now.

      The personal plan is “umlimited” under our fair use policy. So, for $30 per month you could read 3 or 4 papers per day, which is normal for individuals. However, to protect our publishers from misuse (ie. companies trying to use the personal plan for business use), we have a terms of use clause which clarifies what Personal Unlimited includes. Here’s a link to those terms: http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/helpandsupport.aspx?subpage=TermsOfUse

      As for the WSJ and and NY Times, as I said in my last comment, we don’t have them YET, but we’re working on getting them.


  16. Marc Klein
    June 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm


    That is the perfect answer. I strongly suggest you change the language on your registration page and let people know that the economy plan entitles them to read only one publication a day. It’s much simpler language than you have now.

    Again, thank you for you super quick response. I wish more companies responded as well as yours.


    • June 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks Marc.
      I’ve sent your recommendation along to the folks who write the help files on PressDisplay suggesting they revisit this area and make it clearer.

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