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PressReader user guide

Getting started

Using a smartphone or tablet

You can browse and download titles free of charge at any time from any location using the free app. Download and install the app from:

Open the PressReader app and select 'Sign in' from the main menu. Select the 'Library and Group' icon, enter 'Bracknell' as your library service and enter your full library card number.

A new user box will open up. To create an account, enter your details and click done - you can now set your favourite publications and topics to create a personalised news feed and save and share articles. 

If you do not wish to create an account, click the X at the top of the screen.

Please note, if you didn't create an account, it will look like you haven't signed in. However, your 30 days access to PressReader will be active.

If you can see a green coffee cup it means you are signed into the app. You may find it easier to exit the app and then re-enter to check that you are signed in.

You can also use the library wifi to access the PressReader app without logging in with your library card number. Log your device into BFLibFree wifi, open the app and you will have automatic free access for 3 days to download titles to your device or stream content online when you have an internet connection, even after you leave the library hotspot.

Using a computer

Titles can only be read online. It is not possible to download titles from the PressReader website to read offline, only using the app.

To use PressReader on your computer visit the PressReader website. Select 'Sign In' and click the ‘Library and Group’ button. Enter 'Bracknell' as your library service and enter your full library card number.

A pop up box and a green coffee cup will confirm you now have access to the site for 30 days to read newspapers online in your web browser, after which time you will be prompted to sign in again using your library card number. Click on the X in the top left corner of the screen to close the PressReader Hotspot window.

If you are asked to pay for PressReader, do not proceed. Go to your account and sign out and then sign back in by selecting your library name and entering your card number.

Personalisation

Once logged in you can personalise your account by setting your favourite publications and topics to create a personalised news feed and save and share articles.

Choosing and reading a publication

Using a smartphone or tablet

Search for a specific title or select a category, country or language to browse the available titles and select the cover of a publication to open it. The publication will then open and download to your device.

Swipe your finger towards the left to turn the page and spread two fingers on the screen to zoom in for closer reading.

Select the text view button for an easier layout for reading and scrolling rather than reading in page/print layout. Either tap on the title of the article to read it in text view or tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the settings bar at the bottom of the screen and then select the text view button.

To increase the size of text tap on the 'AA' button in text view to increase (or decrease) the size of the text. You can also change the brightness (good for reading outside in direct light).

To close the publication, tap on the screen and then the back button. You can then select Browse to choose another title or Downloaded to read one you have already checked out.

To listen to an article or get it translated, tap on an article title to open it, then tap on the 3 vertical dots to select 'Listen' or ‘Translate’. The translate and listen facility may not be available on some devices or publications.

Removing a publication

Downloaded publications are saved on your device until you delete them and can be retrieved from the Downloaded button from the main menu bar.

Tap on a cover and then select the rubbish bin button to delete a publication.

Using a computer

Search for a specific title or select a category, country or language to browse the available publications and click on the cover to open it.

Click down with the mouse and pull across the screen to the left to scroll through the publication.

Clicking on the page will zoom you in, then click down and drag the page to move around.

For an easier layout for reading and navigating click on the title of the article to open it in text view. Hold the Ctrl key and + key on your keyboard to increase the text size.

To listen to articles or get articles translated right-click over the title of an article, then choose ‘Listen’ or 'Translate'. The translate and listen facility may not be available on some devices or publications.

You can print individual pages or selected areas. Hover over the article title and then right-click with the mouse and select ‘Print’.

Contact information

Bracknell Central library

Telephone Number 01344 423149

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