As a learner or teacher of English, you are probably familiar with most of the national UK newspaper websites (see here for a list). Most of these newspapers now have iPad editions, and we'll be looking at some of them over the coming weeks, starting with The Guardian.
The Guardian iPad edition beautifully re-imagines the newspaper for the iPad. Each issue showcases The Guardian's comprehensive international reporting, thoughtful commentary, award-winning sports journalism and unique approach to coverage of culture, science, the environment, media and technology. The Guardian iPad edition is free for a two-week trial period then available via an auto-renewable subscription costing £9.99 per month, with six issues published each week.
• daily editions from Monday to Saturday including all content from the main section of the Guardian newspaper
• copy and select text or look up words using Apple’s inbuilt dictionary
• editions from the last month available in the archive
• all article and picture content downloaded for reading offline
• stunning photojournalism and full screen cartoons
• in-article image galleries
• video embedded in articles viewable when online
• share stories via Facebook, Twitter, Instapaper and email
• related articles within the edition highlighted
• related online articles open in an in-app browser
• “back page” showcase of the latest news, video and comment from the Guardian website
As a longtime Guardian reader, given the choice, I would prefer to buy the print edition. However, that costs over 3 euros in France and is not available on the day here in Le Havre. Of course, you can get most of the content on the Guardian website for free (unlike the paywall-protected The Times), but the iPad edition offers a far cleaner, more user-friendly experience. Even if you're not interested in the paid subscription, you should certainly sign up for the two-week trial, if only to get an idea of what a cutting-edge newspaper app looks like. I did miss the crossword though.