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.

What's New

Version 3.0

We are pleased to release a brand new, redesigned version of the LRB app. The new app should make it easier to read the LRB wherever you are. Changes include:
- Redesigned and clearer interface
- Improved navigation
- More reliable log-in authentication
- Faster downloading
- Scrapbook feature for saving articles
- Auto-archiving of unread issues
- Other minor fixes and improvements
We hope this new version will improve the stability and usability of the app for everyone. If you have any problems please use the links in the app to contact us with any feedback.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

136 Ratings

136 Ratings

Big improvement


Great to see the LRB have its own app and this is a huge improvement on the newsstand version. The new features are to be welcomed, tho I'm not sure if they're an improvement over simply using Safari + Instapaper / Pocket etc.

That said, the quality of writing in the LRB is so high that this is getting a home screen spot, no doubt.

Looks good!

Dave at Zizek

Only 4 stars so far as the brand new interface is still a little disconcerting. Clearly I'll get used to it. I cannot consistently recall how to re-invoke the helpful swipe screen. What does Archive do?
I imagine the scrapbook business will become useful, as will the search ability.
As a print subscriber I do find it incredibly useful - no, delightful- to be able to read the LRB on my iPad.

A couple of suggestions


Straightforward of frills, for the most part fine. But (1) navigating to back issues is a bit of a tedious process. Why not a drop down index as on the website? And (2) why do the back issues stop at 2014. Again the website has all the back issues.

However, well suited to reading on my iPad...


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright © LRB (London) Ltd. 2014.
  1. London Review of Books £74.99
  2. Volume 40 Number 4 £4.99
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