NewspaperDirect Inc.



NewspaperDirect Inc.

September 01, 2009 00:27 ET

NewspaperDirect and MSN UK Partner to Bring the World's Largest Aggregated Newspaper and Magazine Portal to MSN UK Users

Millions of MSN UK users will now enjoy anywhere/anytime access to their favorite publications online, offline, on mobile devices and the latest eReaders.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2009) - NewspaperDirect Inc., the world leader in multi-channel newspaper and magazine content distribution and monetization, announces that MSN UK has chosen PressDisplay.com to be its aggregated newspaper and magazine portal.

PressDisplay.com, the largest online newspaper and magazine kiosk in the world, is popular with consumers who want access to multiple news sources, and corporate customers who need to monitor printed media for business-critical news. It has also become the standard for newspaper and magazine aggregation in over 2,000 libraries around the world.

Starting today, MSN UK News will offer a version of PressDisplay.com (MSN PressDisplay) in a sophisticated modular design. It will include PressDisplay's advanced digital features and all its 1,000+ digital replicas of the world's premier publications, including: The Guardian, Daily Mail, and more than 40 other UK papers, plus The Washington Post, New York Post, Globe and Mail, National Post, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Australian, Gazeta Wyborcza, Corriere della Sera, Bangkok Post and Kommersant to name just a few.

MSN PressDisplay has been optimized for PCs, Macs, smartphones (e.g. Microsoft's Windows Mobile devices), iPhones, BlackBerry and iPod Touch devices, as well as on the latest eReaders, such as the iRex Digital Reader. With MSN PressDisplay, MSN UK users will now have access to full-content digital replicas of their favorite publications on their device of choice.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with NewspaperDirect and delivering great content from the world's newspapers, in its original state to our UK user base," comments Peter Bale, Executive Producer, MSN. "Together we have been able to deliver innovative features which give consumers access to a huge number of publications on the great NewspaperDirect interface. At a time when the survival of newspapers is being questioned we see this as a great outlet for newspaper content."

MSN UK users can have free access to the front pages and two stories from any title on the day of publication - a great way to check news from at home and around the world. More stories or older content will require registration with PressDisplay and may require a subscription. The MSN version of PressDisplay is currently only available on MSN UK.

While other online newspaper and magazine website offer catalogues of individual titles that can be bought one at a time, MSN PressDisplay offers the only aggregated kiosk of full-content digital editions that readers can access altogether. This not only provides users with a wealth of content from 1,000+ sources, it enhances their reading experience with powerful features such as cross-title search, media monitoring, article ranking, related stories, recommended articles and top stories as determined by the readers themselves. MSN PressDisplay's social features allow readers to comment on content and the quality of reporting, share articles and interact with other readers.

"Having enjoyed a long standing partnership with Microsoft, NewspaperDirect is pleased to take the relationship to the next level and offer Microsoft's MSN UK users the wealth of aggregated content that PressDisplay has to offer," said Alex Kroogman, CEO of NewspaperDirect. "Meanwhile our publishing partners can continue to enjoy complete transparency, knowing that with MSN PressDisplay, they retain control over their content and are properly compensated for the use of it."

Multiple subscription plans are available, from free access (which allows access to all the front pages of all titles, plus 2 free articles within each publication every day), to monthly subscriptions offering unlimited access for personal and corporate use.

About MSN and Microsoft

MSN UK is the largest commercial portal in the UK and has around 16 million unique users among. It reaches almost half the UK online audience. MSN worldwide attracts more than 465 million unique users worldwide per month. With localised versions available globally in 42 markets including 18 in EMEA, MSN is a world leader in delivering compelling programmed content experiences to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About NewspaperDirect Inc.

Founded in 1999, NewspaperDirect Inc. is the world leader in multi-channel newspaper and magazine content distribution and monetization. NewspaperDirect offers more than 1,000 newspaper and magazine titles through a global network of 1,200 print locations in 105 countries, delivering them to hotels, libraries, cruise ships, corporate offices, retail outlets, home subscribers, and Web browsers everywhere.

The company's PressDisplay.com offering is the world's largest online newspaper kiosk, providing instant access to over 1,000 newspapers and magazines from around the world. Users can view publications online, download titles for offline viewing, vote and comment on articles, instantly translate articles into 12 different languages, listen to publications on their PCs, Macs or mobile devices. They can also enjoy reading hundreds of publications that have been optimized for smartphones, iPhones, iPod Touch and BlackBerry devices, as well as the latest e-Readers, such as the iRex DR1000. Special versions of PressDisplay.com are available for the library, corporate, airline, hotel and OEM markets.

NewspaperDirect's SmartEdition e-paper solution, powered by PressDisplay technology, fits every publisher's needs with zero operational cost. With SmartEdition, a publisher's subscribers benefit from anywhere/anytime access to current and back issues of their publications, while enjoying premium digital features such as voice narration, instant translation, article sharing, integration with leading blog platforms, and advanced searching. NewspaperDirect provides full hosting, payment acceptance, customer service management and technical support.

PressDisplay.com and SmartEdition are trademarks or registered trademarks of NewspaperDirect Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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