August 30th, 2010
About a year ago when I subscribed to the local paper the Nelson Mail, they also made mention that the paper could be accessed digitally too.
After registering and getting accustomed to the service, it all came to an halt once the “trial online subscription” ran out. They wanted payment not just for the physical papers delivered to my mailbox each week, but also another payment sub for the online version.
At that stage I thought one was enough so went with the newspaper print version.
Then about 6 months or so back I got wind that the local council, Nelson City Council that is………allow you to use this online resource as a part of your library card membership.
And I’ve been using it ever since, its great.
I discovered that thinking most everyone was aware of this, was an error in my judgment.
I have spoken to quite a few over the last month or so, and most were none the wiser such a resource existed, and that it was available to all Nelson City Council library card holders.
Over the last 10 ~ 20 years the Nelson Bays region has become much more cosmopolitan, and its not uncommon to hear US, German and UK accents every day while traveling in the area.
A service like this will be a boon to these folk so that they can, if they want, keep up to date with happenings back home and share in discussion with friends and family when next they talk on the phone.
My interest was piped again a few weeks back when I noticed the local council via their Nelson Life householder delivered print medium discussing PressDisplay again.
This time they were mentioning it as part of “Library Week”, where they were holding demonstrations in the library to show folk what it was and how to use it.
The list of features is actually quite surprising
1] the layout is exactly the same as a print newspaper
2] for any overseas newspapers, you read them in their original languages
3] translation is available for most articles (into and out of English)
4] options are there to email or print articles (watermarks are inserted)
5] content search is comprehensive within a specific newspaper, or across selected, or all, newspapers. This includes classifieds, notices and adverts.
6] most New Zealand papers are online as soon as they are produced, in the format in which they are printed. This includes the Nelson Mail, and the weekly Friday produced Nelson Property Press
7] text can be enlarged, or headphones can be utilized to listen to an audio version of selected articles
The Papers online equivalents are available for 60 days from date of publication.
In fact its amusing to see that Flip-Pad app for the Apple iPad is actually going back to the future with their implementation of a newspaper /magazine style layout aggregation of social media mediums.
So if you are a NCC library card holder head on over to PressDisplay here.
Just enter your library card barcode number as shown above, and you’ll be in.
For further info…….
Ask at the Libraries or check our website www.nelsonpubliclibraries.co.nz