NewspaperDirect partners with Samsung – PressReader included in new GALAXY Tab “Readers Hub”

It’s official! Earlier today at Monaco Media Forum 2010, NewspaperDirect announced a new partnership with Samsung Electronics that will see PressReader, PressDisplay.com’s reading app, come pre-loaded on the “Readers Hub” of the new Samsung GALAXY Tab device.

With the announcement, GALAXY Tab users will now have access to the world’s largest digital newspaper kiosk which includes over 1,700 full-content publications from 92 countries in 48 languages!

Watch Igor Smirnoff, NewspaperDirect’s Vice President, Digital, officially announce the new partnership during the Media Forum’s “New Waves” session (5:30 mark of video):

The significance of the announcement was certainly not lost on Steve Cho, Director of Samsung Media Solutions America and Alex Kroogman, NewspaperDirect’s CEO:

“When it came to news content, we wanted to offer our customers the best in the industry, and PressDisplay service from NewspaperDirect fit the bill,” said Steve Cho, director, Samsung Media Solutions America of Samsung Electronics. “When the Samsung GALAXY Tab goes on sale in Europe within weeks, owners of the device will be able to use PressReader in the Readers Hub to download local, national and international titles available on PressDisplay.com, and read them in their entirety.”

“With PressReader pre-installed on the new Samsung GALAXY Tab, NewspaperDirect just added close to two thousand daily newspapers to this new, Android-powered tablet. Publications instantly available include titles from Postmedia Network of Canada, Fairfax of Australia and New Zealand, News Corporation, Independent News Media, and Tribune Company, to name a few,” said Alex Kroogman, CEO of NewspaperDirect. “We are focused on, and committed to, opening new channels of distribution and revenue for all our existing publishing partners, and we continue to welcome new publishers from around the world. As the global leader in newspaper distribution, our mission is to ensure that our publishing partners’ content is made immediately available to their readers on all the new and hot devices hitting the market today and in the future.”

We’re ecstatic at the opportunity to partner with Samsung and as always, we’re really looking forward to hearing your feedback on the reading experience the new app provides!

Cheers,

Michael