Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Print version of dailies aggregated online

NewspaperDirect has launched an online tool called PressDisplay that allows the user to view online the print versions of 270 newspapers from 50 countries. The list of newspapers in their database is impressive, if not yet comprehensive.

What makes this interesting is that this isn't just text and photos in HTML, but the entire publications in their original formats and layouts, delivered through a PDF-like interface. The company even claims to post some newspapers online before they hit the newsstands.

NewspaperDirect is offering a free 7-day trial. The trial limits the number of newspaper pages you can view, but the product is really quite impressive. Pricing for a full subscription ranges from US$9.95 per month for access for up to 31 different newspaper issues, to US$29.95 for up to 120. Each additional issue beyond these monthly limits costs US$.75.

This could potentially be an excellent and cost-effective way for PR folk to instantly share with clients a bit more than the online text version of a print article - regardless of geography. Definitely worth a look.


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