London Review of Books

London Review of Books

By LRB Limited

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2014-09-04
  • Current Version: 3.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 24.43 MB
  • Developer: LRB Limited
  • Compatibility: iOS 10.0+
Score: 4.86
From 2,440 Ratings


The London Review of Books is the largest cultural literary magazine in Europe and has an unparalleled international reputation for long form literary journalism. Published every two weeks, each issue contains unique contributions by the world’s leading thinkers, scholars and writers on a range of subjects such as history, politics, philosophy, art, poetry, biography, opinion pieces, film and more. The LRB doesn’t just review books - it uses recently published books as a catalyst to interrogate and analyse world culture; the end point is a collection of independent, originally-crafted essays. The London Review of Books app is free to download and comes with a free preview issue. After that, auto-renewing subscriptions are £74.99/US $109.99 annually. To read issues from before your subscription began, you must pay for them individually at £3.99/US $5.99 per issue. Subscription and issue payment is charged to your iTunes Account at the confirmation of purchase. When you become a subscriber, you can download any issue published while your subscription is active. If your subscription lapses, you will still be able to read the issues published while you were an active subscriber. Tap the “Restore” button to make previously purchased issues available on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad. You can update or opt out of renewal for your subscription in your iTunes Store account settings. Privacy policy: Terms of use:


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Does not support active reading like the web site does

Why would the LRB deliver an otherwise solid mobile app, that doesn’t support annotations! Hopefully that is only temporary, because I enjoy reading much more when I can markup my copy with highlights and margin notes. Luckily, I can do so by generating a PDF of an article off the LRB’s web site, usually via the Safari web browser’s Markup command. Many PDF readers allow me to handwrite margin notes on a tablet, and highlight passages, names and expressions that spark my interest. I derive so much more pleasure and benefit from an article when I engage it actively like this. While it’s great that the LRB’s web version offers the capability, please support me in a future version of the app. Generating a good PDF of the article inside the app would be perfect, as I can then archive my annotations in my favorite note-taking app.
By Ka Ramses

I really wanted this app, but...

I'm a new subscriber to LRB. Love the content, but the small font in the print edition is not very readable to my macular-degenerated eyes unless I have unusually good light. I was so happy to see that there is now an app I can run on my iPad Pro M2. I downloaded the issue I'm currently reading, January 5. Nice reading on my big bright screen! But just for the first few articles - then on the "Magpies" piece, the app crashes immediately. Whenever I go back in, even if I clear memory, "Magpies" comes up and the app crashes again. I am unable to navigate away from it. So it's back to the eyestrain print until this is fixed.
By Sedona iT

Made purposefully hard to just search and read?

Why not like rest of internet?
By James Moy

I can’t wait for my next issue

The LRB is visionary, writing about authors who deserve a second look. You published a memorable piece on Chester Himes last year and now I see his books have been reissued in paperback and available in the new Brooklyn Heights library. Have you done anything on Alison Lurie? Her novels are hysterically funny and deserve an LRB appraisal.
By Robert by the book

Font Size.

This app would deserve a 5-star rating if it allowed for reasonable font scaling.
By buscabulla

No bookmark

There should a bookmark function that allows you to jump to specific text in an article when you return to it.
By rocketlarkspur

Great app but text sizing is a blunt instrument

This app functions really well and is very easy to use, and it is a wonderful addition particularly during the pandemic when paper copies arrive late or sometimes not at all. But the choice of font size needs some work. There are only three or four settings and the difference — on an iPad mini — between the smallest size and the next largest is comically large. The smallest size means about 39 lines of an average 10 words each on the screen. He next size up is 25 lines of an average of about 6-7 words per line. There really should be something in between.
By C_phl

London Review

I’m an American who lives in NYC. And, although I read the New Yorker; I’d truly find the London Review is essential reading.
By L.H. Merrill

Poorly designed and functional

A quite bad app. Hard to manage. Cumbersome.
By Xxyywwss

great content, lovely layout

it's very pleasant, if one has to read the LRB electronically, to read it in such a simple format, with a nice font. thank you very much.
By withrespectto

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