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 3.1

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

4.8 out of 5
241 Ratings
241 Ratings

Easy and up to date


One it sees you are a subscriber easily download any issues on read online, especially ones you might have missed first time around.

Remarkably Good

Dead Write

Here is my entire review of this app's predecessor:

"This app is so pathetic that the LRB should be ashamed to be associated with it."

I gave up on it, & had to satisfy myself with the print version. But when I got a notice about the new version, I decided to check it out. What a remarkable improvement!

Simple to use, nicely laid out, allows easy sharing, articles can be sent to Instapaper or Pocket. All of a sudden, LRB has gone to the top of my iPad reading list.

Well done!

Good app


Enjoy the app, especially for offline reading. My only complaint is that the app does not save your spot when reading an article after exiting the app for a period of time.


17.4 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright © LRB (London) Ltd. 2014.
In-App Purchases
  1. London Review of Books $94.99
  2. Volume 40 Number 17 $4.99
  3. Volume 38 Number 16 $4.99


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