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.
Version 3.1 is a minor update which includes iPhone X support, a greater choice of text sizes, improvements to navigation and clearer in-app documentation.
Ratings and Reviews
Great content - basic app
I love the LRB, but the app is only okay. It’s not buggy, and does the job, but it could do so much more.
For example, you could access the whole archive digitally, you could “follow” a contributor your like and be notified about new posts from them, you could comment, discuss and share content, you could search for articles based on topic tags (brexit/nhs/motherhood), you could curate your own content (e.g no poems).
The only “feature” that it offers is a scrapbook, which I think is great, but that alone won’t entice digital natives to the publication. Given the quality of the content, that should be a top priority from both a business and social standpoint.
Great to be able to read the LRB on my iPad. I think that I like the modified (ages ago) interface better. I certainly find it easy to use!
I’m a print subscriber - there have only been a few occasions when I have been without the physical medium -not having to wait until I got home from holiday is a nice experience.
Access to past issues is really valuable.
Ok up to a point
It’s great to be able to read LRB on the go and the app is clear and legible - but PLEASE could you fix it so that when you return it takes you back to where you were the last time. If you’re reading on a tube journey into work (say) you can waste almost the entire time trying to find out where you were in a long article (which are often what I go to LRB for). Other publication apps seem to be able to manage this.
- LRB Ltd
- 17.4 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
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- In-App Purchases
- London Review of Books £84.99
- Volume 40 Number 11 £4.99
- Volume 38 Number 15 £4.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.