What is GlobeReader?

GlobeReader, powered by Adobe AIR, is a downloadable software application offering a digital experience of The Boston Globe that is very much like reading the newspaper itself.

You get everything you’d expect from The Boston Globe in print, delivered straight to your computer in less then a minute. After you’ve synched, no Internet connection is needed, so you can take the most insightful journalism with you wherever you go.

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How much does it cost?
The cost is only $3.50 per week to get the standalone GlobeReader digital edition. Home delivery print subscribers to the Boston Globe who have a Sunday component are eligible to receive the GlobeReader as part of their newspaper subscription.

All other home delivery print subscribers please call 617-929-2233 for rates.

What time of day does the GlobeReader update with the latest daily news?
If your computer is on, GlobeReader content is updated before 5a.m. each day.

Is there anything that I do not have access to when not connected to the Internet?
When not connected the Internet, users cannot access advertisements.

Does GlobeReader give users access to archives of The Boston Globe?
The past seven days of news are available with the GlobeReader. All home delivery subscribers have access to the full archives on Boston.com.

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Is GlobeReader a replacement for the newspaper? For the website?
No. The GlobeReader is a unique experience that leverages Adobe technologies to provide a highly readable, portable news experience. It is an alternative as opposed to a replacement for the printed newspaper or Boston.com.

What is the difference between GlobeReader and The Boston Globe Electronic Edition?
GlobeReader is an application that provides a unique digital experience of The Boston Globe. It is organized just like the newspaper, with a special page-turning/browsing capability that allows you to discover great articles and features. You can view all of today’s content and seven days of archives. You can also take GlobeReader wherever you go, even without an Internet connection.

The Boston Globe Electronic Edition is an exact digital replica of the printed paper. It’s not a website, but a digital page-by-page reproduction of the newspaper — including all the articles, photos, advertisements and more.

You can access The Boston Globe Electronic Edition whenever you have an Internet connection or download it to a laptop and read it on the go.

What is the difference between GlobeReader and Boston.com?
GlobeReader is organized more like the printed newspaper, with the articles and order mirroring the printed edition. It also allows for offline reading and has a unique page-turning/browsing capability. Boston.com is a Website, with constantly changing content and a full archive of published articles.

Does GlobeReader work on the Amazon Kindle?
No, GlobeReader does not run on the Amazon Kindle or other e-reader/e-ink devices. However, a special edition of The Boston Globe for the Amazon Kindle is available by subscription. More information »

Technical Information

How does the GlobeReader work?
GlobeReader is a software program you can install on any computer running Windows, Mac or Linux. You’ll need an Internet connection in order to download GlobeReader content, but because GlobeReader is an application that lives on your computer (instead of a page you view in a Web browser), you don’t have to be connected to the Internet to use it. After you have synched GlobeReader, you can take it with you on your laptop or netbook to read wherever you go.

What is Adobe AIR?
Adobe AIR is a cross-operating system runtime that lets developers combine HTML, Ajax, Adobe Flash and Flex technologies to deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the desktop. Adobe AIR allows developers to use familiar tools such as Adobe Dreamweaver CS4, Flex Builder 3, Flash CS4 Professional, or any text editor to build their applications and easily deliver a single application installer that works across operating systems.

What operating systems and versions does GlobeReader run on?
GlobeReader is available for Microsoft Windows 2000; Windows XP; Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate or Enterprise; Mac OS X v10.4 or 10.5; and Linux.


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