PressReader is the largest digital newspaper and magazine system in the world and has millions of users. The company is making it easier for travelers to download the content they love, without having to use their data plan with the advent of the new Hotspot Mapping system.
There is some big benefits to this new hotspot program for travelers. They can choose a hotel based on which of them give free complimentary access away. This is useful if they want to read their favorite local paper, even if they are thousand of miles away. In addition, locals can connect up to the hotspot and download free publications using the free PressReader app for Android or iOS. Unlike videos, once the content is downloaded to your device, you can read it beyond the hotspot.
PressReader outlined how their service works in an email to Good e-Reader “The PressReader HotSpots allow users to gain complimentary access to our product while they are connected a location’s WiFi, which is excellent value for them because they are able to access a service that typically costs $29.95 a month as a consumer. The value for businesses is that they can use it as a marketing tool to attract visitors to their location and encourage them to stay longer. They really don’t have much to do with data costs, though – it’s not WiFi access we’re showing on the map, it’s sponsored PressReader access.”
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.