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“Subscribing to PressDisplay for the iPhone has been a life changing experience” – John, London

Recently, John from England emailed us explaining how PressDisplay.com and its offline iPhone app, PressReader, have made his own day-to-day routine just a little easier.  We thought it would be the great to share his thoughts, insights and ideas:

“Subscribing to PressDisplay for the iPhone has been a life changing experience for me.  I’m disabled and have difficulty reading the paper.  Now I use PressDisplay’s powerful text-to-speech feature and have the paper read out to me each day.  It sounds so incredibly human it’s actually hard to tell the difference,” he writes.

“Each weekday newspaper is approximately 40MB which tells its own story.  The quality of the digital scans are of an incredibly high resolution.  You can zoom in to 1:1 size and the text and pictures are crystal clear, as clear as if you were holding the real paper in front of your nose.  PressDisplay and PressReader,” he continues, “are leading examples of the digital revolution. To be able to have hundreds of high definition newspapers stored on your tiny mobile device, which would otherwise take huge amounts of space and have them all read out to you in a human-like voice, is an incredible achievement.”

“Imagine lying on the sofa or sitting on the train and having all 50 A4 pages worth of text read out to you which would otherwise take 2 tiring hours to read.  It’s pure bliss and as you watch people struggling to hold and turn over the pages of their large newspapers, you’ll want to tell them how much easier it could be.”

Easier without question, particularly with the overwhelming prevalence of mobile devices, tablets and eReaders individuals are using each and every day.

John continues by writing, “PressReader could become THE poster boy for the iPad!”  He suggests that, “There’s currently a general feeling of ‘why would I want an iPad?  What’s it really good for?’  Well this is it!  It would be a big win-win for both NewspaperDirect and Apple having high definition scanned newspapers running on a 10 inch iPad screen with full audio on demand functionality.   It would boost sales of the iPad which does not yet have that ‘killer app’”.

Definitely high praise!  John concludes his commentary by writing, “The combination of the technical quality, provision of every major newspaper in the world, first rate customer service and really good value make PressDisplay an amazing package.  These factors in combination with the fact the PressReader application can be setup to automatically deliver your favorite newspaper everyday and have all the articles read out to you.  Once you have had the service for a few months, you’ll never be able to go back.”

Thanks for your kind words and enthusiasm, John!  We’re ecstatic that PressDisplay and PressReader make such a difference in your life!


  1. Phil Harvey
    April 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    When is a Full iPad version due? This would be great, and a lot better than the iPhone build in 2x mode.

    • April 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      Hey Phil
      It’s with Apple right now for approval. I’ve seen it and it is great – very fast and great visuals. Let’s hope they approve it ASAP!


  2. Phil Harvey
    April 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Sounds good, I think it will make reading papers so much easier.

  3. Phil Harvey
    April 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Any news on the iPad Version?

    • Michael Oksinski
      April 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm

      Hey Phil…

      Nothing to report yet although we’re confident it should be any day now – we’re as eager as everyone else!



  4. Don
    April 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Is there a problem with the approval? A website i ran across the other day said avg approval delay was 4 days.

    • April 20, 2010 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Don

      I’m as confused as you as to the delay. Our first iPhone app took months to get approved and no reason was ever given for that. When they finally approved that app, then new releases of it went through smoothly. But the first app always seems to be slow out of the gates. We’ve contacted them many times – doesn’t seem to help. Sorry…we’ll continue to push for it.


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