PressReader, an app that lets you read actual copies of newspapers from around the world, will be pre-installed on the BlackBerry PlayBook when it finally gets its OS update.
The app provides access to more than 2,000 newspapers in 49 languages from 95 countries around the world. Actual newspapers too, not web based versions or ereader adaptations. They must have a work experience chap scanning them all in...
All the big names are on board, including the Chicago Tribune, Daily Mail, International Herald, Irish Times, La Presse, La Tribune, Le Journal de Montréal, Le Monde, National Post, The Australian, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and The Washington Post.
When viewing your daily paper of choice you can do all the usual tablet-based malarkey such as pinching to zoom, and you can also double tab to read a tablet friendly text version of a story. There's also a page thumbnail view and a table of contents option too and, of course, you can share articles with your buddies on Facebook or Twitter.
"The PressReader app helps satisfy our users’ demand for convenient access to premium news content," said Martyn Mallick, vice president, global alliances and business development, Research In Motion. "The BlackBerry PlayBook is the optimal platform to showcase digital news, and we’re pleased to be working with NewspaperDirect to make PressReader readily available to our customers."
Most papers cost 69p to download, although you can take a subscription out starting from £18.95. This will give you access to 14 back issues as well.
It will hit PlayBooks automatically when the OS update happens. If you can't wait until then, you can grab it from the BlackBerry App World now.