Founded in 1975, Boston Review is a non-profit, reader-supported political and literary magazine—a public space for discussion of ideas and culture. We put a range of voices and views in dialogue on the web (without paywalls or commercial ads) and in print (four times a year)—covering lots of ground from politics and philosophy to poetry, fiction, book reviews, and criticism. One premise ties it all together: that a flourishing democracy depends on public discussion and the open exchange of ideas.

Get a digital subscription today to read our latest quarterly issue—featuring our signature forum. Don’t want to subscribe? Purchase a single digital edition of any Boston Review print issue through our app.

Digital subscribers to Boston Review receive an annual subscription to our print issues, plus added benefits such as:

—Advanced copies of each new quarterly issue
—Early access to new major online articles
—Letters from the Editors
—Offline reading
—Interactive app with mobile-friendly user interface


This is a free app download. Within the app users can purchase the current issue and back issues.
Subscriptions are also available within the application. A subscription will start from the latest issue.

-The subscription will renew automatically unless cancelled more than 24 hours before the end of the current period. You will be charged for renewal within 24 hours of the end of the current period, for the same duration and at the current subscription rate for the product.
-You may turn off the auto-renewal of subscriptions through your Account Settings, however you are not able to cancel the current subscription during its active period.
-Payment will charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase and any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when a subscription to that publication is purchased.
-If a subscription offers a free trial, at the end of the trial period, you will be charged the full price of the subscription. You may cancel a subscription during its free trial period via the subscription settings on your iTunes account. This must be done 24 hours before the end of the subscription period to avoid being charged.

Users can register for/ login to a pocketmags account in-app. This will protect their issues in the case of a lost device and allow browsing of purchases on multiple platforms. Existing pocketmags users can retrieve their purchases by logging into their account.

We recommend loading the app for the first time in a wi-fi area so that all issue data is retrieved.
If your app will not load past the splash page after a first install or an update please click the settings cog, then click Settings then Refresh app data. If this also fails to work please delete and reinstall the app from the App Store

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What’s New

Version 6.4.0

New and improved app homepage
Enhanced reading experience
Numerous bug fixes and improvements
Voiceover improvements

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

withrespectto ,

great content, good app but ...

the content is great and the app is good, but...

1. in article mode i selected a word and clicked “look up”, and got a list of definitions. but, afaict, there’ no way to *exit* dictionary mode and get back to reading. (i had to close the app — “flip it off” — and then reopen it.)

2. when i jump to another section (to read contributor bios, for example), there’ no back arrow to jump back to where i was reading.

3. at least a couple of times i’ve opened the app and found that it has forgotten where i was, positioning me at the beginning of an article rather then three or four pages in.

D Patrick ,

Terrible app, great content...

Who would design a e-reader where you can’t figure out how to annotate text in 30 seconds, let alone 10 minutes? Apparently you can’t annotate text. That’s telling most serious reader that you can’t really read the work, merely skim it. Why bother with a separate app that doesn’t have better performance?

ThankYouForExisting ,


A beautiful app, great be able to carry these issues around in my pocket. And the page-turning feature is so fun! The animation gets a little slow & lurchy, but not enough to be obnoxious. Wish I could subscribe through this!

App Privacy

The developer, Boston Critic Inc, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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