Going Paperless (Magazines, Newspapers, Docs)

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  1. Road Warrior

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    I've been aggressively moving everything paper over to my iPad with pretty good results.

    For Magazine subscriptions, I use Zinio. I have about 20+ subscriptions that sync over the air directly to my device. It's such a pleasure not to have to use iTunes to do this! After some teething troubles - and frequent crashing - the Zinio team have made a stable application that is improving all the time. Over the last couple of weeks, it has been given a speed increase - although, scrolling magazine pages is still a little slower than I would like. Zooming in on a page is also a little delayed... but not unbearable by any means. I have already downloaded 52 magazines to the device without problems so far, so I am impressed.

    For Newspapers, I use PressDisplay. I don't know why more people don't know about this, because it's absolutely incredible. 1500+ newspapers delivered over the air to the iPad in their original format. I have chosen to have 5 of my top favourite newspapers sync on a daily basis. It's a pleasure to crack open the iPad on my commute to work and read the broadsheets - as they were meant to be read - in full fidelity and in colour. Cleverly, they avoid the whole zooming in and out delays by allowing you to click on a mast headline, which results in a text pop-up (with pictures) of the article that you can scroll through. Turning pages is surprisingly fast, given that amount of information that is being processed. You can, of course, zoom in on the page if you like but it's not necessary.

    For Documents, I like ReaddleDoc. It handles Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files pretty well, although there are the occasional discrepancies with diagrams in powerpoint. However, it's really the PDF handling that I think is the most exceptional. I have thrown various different types of PDFs with different compression settings at the application without any probs so far. I have tried Clearscan and the latest Adobe 9 formats. I haven't yet tried JPEG2000. The app also connects to Internet shared folders and servers extremely well, in addition to MobileMe's iDisk.

    I have scanned a lot of books and moved them to my iPad. Yes, I have both Stanza, iBook and the Kindle app - but not everything is available in a digital format. I bought a large guillotine cutter and I have been scanning my library of favourite books. It's sad to have to cut these books up but this is outweighed by the pleasure of having them on my iPad to read anytime, anywhere. I put them on a folder in the MobileMe iDisk, so I don't have to load them all on the iPad until I'm ready to read them. I've scanned 134 books so far and roughly 340 magazines... so, it's turning into quite a back catalogue. However, Clearscan compresses things like a dream and the text in these documents is full-text searchable.

    Onwards and Upwards...

    Sincerely,

    Road Warrior
     
  2. nanohits

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    There is only a PRessReader not a Pressdisplay on the appstore? Is it the same thing?
     
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    Thank you for posting these app suggestions. Never have seen these mentioned anywhere else!
     
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    Excellent writeup. I do PDFs a LOT for both work and play.
     
  5. Road Warrior

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    Sorry, yes, PressDisplay is called PressReader on the iPad/iPhone. Bear in mind that the subscriptions aren't cheap. But, then again, you get a lot for your money. Newsjunkies have to feed their habit somehow!
     
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    I think the prices are extremely reasonable and great value. I currently pay $30 for a months worth of newspaper. Now for that price I can get a months worth of newspapers in pretty much most countries. So huge bonus plus cancel my subscription with Wall Street Journal as I prefer the Asian edition which is in Pressreader.

    I only wish PressReader had landscape reading and also the Auto delivery means that it would automatically every morning deliver the newspaper of my choice.
     
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    Autodelivery is the one big thing I want from every newspaper/magazine app.
    I actually expect the app to do that. I mean, I get my emails pushed onto my iPad, why not my newspapers or magazines?
     
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    New update is out and includes landscape mode :)
     
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    First, let me say along with others, thanks for these tidbits!

    Second, the reason PressDisplay isn't known is because the newspapers themselves aren't saying anything about it, specifically International Herald Tribune, which brings me to...

    Third: I'd like to hear more about PressDisplay. I went to the site and they have a screwy system where for about ten dollars per month you get 31 credits. What does that actually mean in terms of what you can read? Can I read, say, 2 newspapers everyday? (The IHT costs 3 euros per day on newstands, which is close to 4 dollars, so $10 is already a great deal.) But, in general, I'd just like to hear more how you use it and what you've found works for you as a regular reader.

    Last: Have you heard of Exact Editions? They have Literary Review, MusicTech, Real Travel, but I think it's nowhere near as sophisticated as PressDisplay, but it's another resource.

    Thanks again for the info! (BTW, I'm going to the Frome Festival from July 11 to 14, in case you're going...we could meet up. Send me a private message if you want.)
     
  10. iVan

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    Wow, Road Warrior, I'm impressed. You must have quite a huge periodicals budget?
     

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