London Review of Books 4+

LRB Limited

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    • 4.9 • 2.3K Ratings
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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.

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What’s New

Version 3.2

Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

don makeem ,

I dont “like” to read on my phone

Or on a computer, really. I do plenty of it but w/o the patience i’ve learned w/ print. W/ patience comes focus, which goes on its merry way not tithering.

A great app for reading when you’ve left your hard copy behind, which arrives promptly, probably before you knew it. The week or two behind i’m usually at w/ print (often longer or alrogether lost depending on fluctuations in my schedule) does not exist here. I’m as current as a reader in the UK.

I haven’t tried printing from here, but maybe that’s something i would do w longer stories ive since recycled or that are from the archive. There is a “download” option for each issue. On my iphone, I’m sure I could.

You are not going to get anything more here than what you came for. A rare thing indeed in this hypertechno, online world we’re in. A blessed thing indeed.


C_phl ,

Great app but text sizing is a blunt instrument

This app functions really well and is very easy to use, and it is a wonderful addition particularly during the pandemic when paper copies arrive late or sometimes not at all. But the choice of font size needs some work. There are only three or four settings and the difference — on an iPad mini — between the smallest size and the next largest is comically large. The smallest size means about 39 lines of an average 10 words each on the screen. He next size up is 25 lines of an average of about 6-7 words per line. There really should be something in between.

Robert by the book ,

I can’t wait for my next issue

The LRB is visionary, writing about authors who deserve a second look. You published a memorable piece on Chester Himes last year and now I see his books have been reissued in paperback and available in the new Brooklyn Heights library.

Have you done anything on Alison Lurie? Her novels are hysterically funny and deserve an LRB appraisal.

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