Getting started with PressReader

Overview | System requirements | Read publications online | PressReader account and appFrequently asked questions


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Use our PressReader service to get unlimited, simultaneous access to over 5000 newspaper and magazine titles, from more than 100 countries, in over 60 languages while connected to the Internet. Read a publication in its original or screen-friendly format, print articles, listen to audio narration, and translate content from around the world in up to 17 languages. 

For an enhanced PressReader experience, sign up for an optional, free PressReader account to create a personalized news channel, bookmark articles, set up email alerts for news topics, share articles over social networks, add comments and opinions to articles, have titles auto-delivered upon publication, and more. An account also allows you to use the PressReader app on your device or computer to search the entire PressReader collection, download full publications for offline reading, and push content to multiple devices. 

Note that you can still read PressReader newspapers and magazines in a web browser without creating an account.

To access PressReader, you'll need:

  • a library card registered with Burnaby Public Library
  • a supported web-enabled computer or mobile device
  • a broadband/high speed Internet connection
  • (optional) a PressReader account, which requires a valid email address
  • (optional) the PressReader app for your device or operating system 

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System requirements

You just need an internet browser to start reading newspapers and magazines! Use the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari to read PressReader publications online from your computer or device. 

To download publications for offline reading, sign up for a PressReader account using a browser first, then install the app for your device or operating system. 

PressReader is supported on the most popular iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows and Mac OSX platforms and devices. This includes but is not limited to the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy, Asus Transformer family, Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, Blackberry Z10, Kobo Android-based tablets, Kindle Fire, and Google Nexus family.

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Read publications online

  1. PressReader is available from the BPL website under Databases A to Z. If you are accessing PressReader from outside of the library, you will be prompted to enter your library card barcode number and PIN.

  2. If you see a pop-up confirming you are accessing PressReader through BPL, click the "Select Publication" button.

  3. The default page is called the Home Feed. To choose a particular title, select the "Main Navigation" icon (three black horizontal bars near the top left page corner), then select Publications. Browse publications by Country, Categories subjects, Languages, or Publication Types. Alternately, search for a title using the search field in the upper right page corner.

  4. a) Once you've selected an issue of a publication, it will load in "Page View" - the issue apppears as it would in print form. Hover the cursor over an article to highlight it. Click on the article to zoom into the selection. Click, hold, and drag the article to position the text into view. Click the article once more to zoom out. You can also navigate using the table of contents, located at the bottom of the page.

    b) Alternately, click on the article's title to reformat the article in "SmartFlow" view so that it resizes to fit your screen. Click, hold, and drag the article left or right to continue reading. Toggle between "SmartFlow" and "Page View" by selecting one of the icons near the the bottom right page corner:

  5. In "SmartFlow" view of an article, select the "Action" menu (9 dots icon) next to the article's title to access basic features such as toggling to Page View and Listen (audio narration). Select More to Copy, Print, or Translate the article. A PressReader account is required to access other features in the "Action" menu.

Learn more about the PressReader basics: 

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PressReader account and app

Once you're familiar with reading PressReader publications online, you can access extra features by signing up for a free PressReader account.

  1. Select the Sign In link near the upper right page corner, then select the link "New User? Sign up now" at the bottom of the pop-up.

  2. Enter your email address, a password, and your first and last name as prompted. Select Done.

You can now take advantage of all the features in the "Action" menu while reading an article in "SmartFlow" view. Select the "Action" menu next to the article's title and comment, bookmark, agree with or disgree with the article (Bump it / Dump it), export to e-reader, or share the article over social networks, productivity apps, or email. Use the following videos and tutorials to learn more about what you can do with a PressReader account and the app, such as setting up topics, managing your downloads, and creating bookmarks.

Once you've created a PressReader account, you can add titles to your account for viewing later. You can also read titles on the go by installing the PressReader app, logging into the app with your PressReader account, then downloading titles you've already added to your account. You can download titles directly into the app as long as you are also logged into BPL's subscription in your device's browser.

Please note: we recommend logging into your PressReader account using your registered email address and password. The Library Card method (orange button) is not yet enabled.

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to create a PressReader account to access the collection or read content?

No. You can still read (but not download) publications from PressReader without creating an account as long as you have Internet access and a library card registered with BPL. Access the PressReader collection from Databases A to Z on our website and log in using your library card barcode number and PIN.

How many devices can I use with my PressReader account?

PressReader allows you to authorize up to 5 devices, so it’s a good idea to deauthorize those you no longer use to ensure you always have your favorite publications ready to read on the devices you use the most.

How long are publications kept in the PressReader collection?

It depends on the publication and publisher. The backfile ranges from 3 to 90 days from the current issue.

Is it possible to print articles without markings/watermarks?

You can select "Print as Text," or copy and paste the text of an article into a word processing program and print without watermarks. Watermarks are otherwise required by publishers if you select "Print as Image," "Print Custom Area," or "Print Page," and cannot be removed from the printout.

Have more questions? Try PressReader's own FAQ page, or contact us for assistance.

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