How to Access Free Online Newspapers and Magazines

How to Access Free Online Newspapers and Magazines


Pressreader provides free
access to a wide range of newspapers and magazines from the UK and around the world. To view on a computer simply go to www.pressreader.com Click on ‘Sign in’ and choose the orange ‘Library and Group’ button. Search for Aberdeenshire and pick ‘Library
– Aberdeenshire’ from the list. Enter your Library Card Number and PIN,
check the terms and conditions and sign in. If you wish, you can create a PressReader
account which lets you access extra features. If you don’t need this, then choose ‘No Thanks’ The yellow panel explains that complimentary
access to the site is granted in 30 day blocks. At the end of the 30 days, just sign in again
to reset the clock. You can do this as many times as you like. Click ‘Select Publication’ to continue Incidentally, if you are in one of our branches,
and are logged into the free myAberdeenshire wi-fi, on your mobile device, or are using one of
our People’s Network computers, then you won’t even need to sign in. In the left hand panel of the home page you
can narrow the selection of titles, by country, language, category and publication type. You can choose from a range of featured titles,
or click the UK button to view only UK titles. You could narrow further by choosing Scotland
and then Newspapers. From here we can access the various editions
of the Press and Journal for example, covering the Highlands and Islands, Moray or Aberdeenshire. Scroll through to view full pages or choose
to view by article, which you may find easier to read. You can further narrow the selection by the
reporter associated with the story. Click again on page view and scroll to the
start of the issue to see the calendar from where you can pick an available back
issue to read. There is also a very useful option to hear
the text read back to you. Click on the double arrows to skip to the
next article. If you connect an e-Reader to your computer,
an additional option to export to e-reader will appear. Click and hold on an article to bring up a
menu of options. You can copy the text for example to paste
into a document or email. You have a range of printing options such
as text, image, page or custom area. Drag on the green corner markers to set the
area to be printed. There is an option to translate the article
into English, if viewing a foreign language title, or into another language from a publication
in English as I’ve done here. Type a search term in the box to bring up
instances of that term in the current issue or widen the search to include the publication
or the whole site. If you get lost at any time, just click on
the green coffee cup to take you back to the home page. There are PressReader apps available for both
Apple and Android devices. Go to the App Store for your device and search
for PressReader. Install the App and when prompted choose the
orange button on the right. Click on ‘Select Library’ and choose Aberdeenshire
from the list. Then enter your Library Card number and PIN. The features are very similar to the web version. Select the publication you wish to read and choose your preferences. You can choose to have the latest issues of
your favourite publications delivered directly to your device, and scrolling down reveals the back issues
that are available. The issue will then be downloaded to your
device, ready to read The text view might be a bit easier to read
on a smaller mobile device. Tapping on the various menu buttons reveal
a navigation menu, options for the whole issue including back issues and the listen function, or options for a chosen article. When using the listen function, wait until
the file has downloaded, then you can swipe or use the arrow buttons
to move between articles. Use the bottom panel of buttons to return
to the home page, view your already downloaded issues and access
your account details. We hope you enjoy this new free service
from Aberdeenshire Libraries.

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