Going Paperless (Magazines, Newspapers, Docs)

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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
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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.
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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.)
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    Wow, Road Warrior, I'm impressed. You must have quite a huge periodicals budget?
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    Anyone know how the auto delivery works in Press Reader? Is it supposed to deliver the paper or even with this set I still need to go and download each issue? Not sure its function and how it works as I have a few papers set to Auto deliver but it does nothing.
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    Autodelivery automatically downloads your subscriptions to your iPad. You first need to select which subscriptions you want to have autodelivered, then the date range for which you want the subscription to be active. After that, whenever you click on Download, the latest periodicals in your subscription list will be downloaded. If you miss a few days, it will download the ones you missed.. up to a point. It also depends upon your subscription, I think, how many issues back you can do this.
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    Hmm, a lot of newspapers for any one day!

    Road Warrior, I forgot to ask you: What is this guillotine paper cutter you're using? To cut the spins off books? Seriously? I'd like to know the make and model and I think you owe us a photo of this crazy operation you've got going on!
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    I agree! It brings to mind an image of a living room fraught full of violence towards the written word, as varied sheets of paper, covers and bindings are scattered haphazardly as the books left intact try to scream and run...
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    Come on, you guys have to have seen one before - they were a staple of most schools. We still have a couple at the office. Most people just call them paper cutters, though guillotine is also used. It's a wooden block with a grid carved into it for aligning the paper, and then a large, sharp blade that can be lowered to cut the pages. If you load too many sheets, you get really jagged edges.
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    PressReader might actually be the app I've been waiting for, and I'm very surprised more people aren't shouting about it.

    Do they do any kind of international pricing?
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    Hence my question. Yeah, there are paper cutters that can cut several, maybe even a dozen or so sheets, but a magazine? The binding off a book?
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    I just love the fact that I can have magazines be paperless. AND CHEAP! Zinio does like sales/price breaks all the time. I just got 5 yearly subscriptions for $5 each. Those subscriptions of paper form are all over $25 each for the year and all over 65$ if you were to buy each issue off the rack. I check every couple days to see if any deals are going on. My fiancee works in Jewelry design and often has her pieces as accessories on models in the womens magazines such as Elle, Cosmo, ect. Now she just picks up the ipad and scrolls through looking for her stuff and we take a screen shot of it then print it rather then going to store paging through and then buying the issue just to rip the page out for her portfolio. Makes my life easier cheaper and really I may end up breaking even on buying an ipad buy the time she is done with it. lol

    As for ebook readers I am hoping that Stanza for iphone comes out with an ipad version. I like that I can upload ebooks from my computer kind of like what you can do in goodreader. I have lots of ebooks on my comp and would be nice to move them to stanza on my ipad like i do on my iphone. I found it easier to use and has more features then kindle app.
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    How specifically did you get those discounts? Did you call or just wait for a sale or contact them somehow?

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