By LRB Limited
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.
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.
Why not like rest of internet?
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.
This app would deserve a 5-star rating if it allowed for reasonable font scaling.
There should a bookmark function that allows you to jump to specific text in an article when you return to it.
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.
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.
A quite bad app. Hard to manage. Cumbersome.
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.