What do Brits abroad miss most about home? This app has the answers

Living and working in Europe is the experience of a lifetime, with new cultures, cuisines and ways of life to discover. It's normal, however, to miss what's going on at home.

What do Brits abroad miss most about home? This app has the answers
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If you’re a Brit living abroad, missing your favourite newspaper or magazine can make you feel right out of the loop. Readly is the digital magazine subscription service that gives you access to over 5,000 magazines and newspapers from the UK and across the world.

Once you’ve got Readly, you have access to all your favourite magazines or newspapers for one monthly fee of €9,99 – a significant saving. Readly can be accessed by smartphone, tablet and online, meaning that wherever you are, you can enjoy your favourite reads. The texts adapt to the device you’re reading on, so the articles are always easy to access and read. Think of it as the Netflix for magazines and newspapers. You can read what you want, when you want! 

Even better – one subscription can be shared with up to five people – so while you’re indulging in your must-try recipes, your partner can read their favourite newspaper or check out old favourites from the impressive back-catalogue available. You can search across publications by keywords (for example “headphones”) and every magazine or newspaper with that word will appear. If you want to get really nerdy you can easily save everything you love to your favourites and create your own, bespoke reading list.

Whether you’re into British Vogue or Horse and Hound, The Guardian or BBC Good Food – access them all through Readly. Get two months free Readly by clicking here if you’re living in France and here for Spain

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What’s hot? 

Last year alone, over 140,000 editions of magazines have been read over 99 million times on Readly, on a huge variety of topics. For Brits abroad there are some clear favourites with British food, gadget advice, celebrity and entertainment news being some of the things that readers really seem to miss from back home. Nothing quite brings you closer to home than the food you know and love, and so perhaps it’s understandable that food related magazines would be in some of the top spots – with readers for instance flocking to the British number 1 food magazine, BBC Good Food. It’s not easy perfecting that Yorkshire pud!

Most-read UK magazines from readers outside the UK

1. What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
2. T3
3. Stuff
4. Women’s Health
5. BBC Home Cooking Series
7. House Beautiful
8. Real Homes
9. BBC Good Food
10. Red

These are just a small fraction of the publications available on Readly. Whatever your interests, from fashion to football, from model trains to baking the perfect meringue or indeed just keeping up with the very latest news – Readly has you covered. Receive two months access for free by clicking here for France and here for Spain

You can download the Readly app for iOS or Android here

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Google News to return to Spain after seven-year spat

Google announced Wednesday the reopening of its news service in Spain next year after the country amended a law that imposed fees on aggregators such as the US tech giant for using publishers’ content.

Google News to return to Spain after seven-year spat
Google argues its news site drives readers to Spanish newspaper and magazine websites and thus helps them generate advertising revenue.Photo: Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

The service closed in Spain in December 2014 after legislation passed requiring web platforms such as Google and Facebook to pay publishers to reproduce content from other websites, including links to their articles that describe a story’s content.

But on Tuesday the Spanish government approved a European Union copyright law that allows third-party online news platforms to negotiate directly with content providers regarding fees.

This means Google no longer has to pay a fee to Spain’s entire media industry and can instead negotiate fees with individual publishers.

Writing in a company blog post on Wednesday, Google Spain country manager Fuencisla Clemares welcomed the government move and announced that as a result “Google News will soon be available once again in Spain”.

“The new copyright law allows Spanish media outlets — big and small — to make their own decisions about how their content can be discovered and how they want to make money with that content,” she added.

“Over the coming months, we will be working with publishers to reach agreements which cover their rights under the new law.”

News outlets struggling with dwindling print subscriptions have long seethed at the failure of Google particularly to pay them a cut of the millions it makes from ads displayed alongside news stories.

Google argues its news site drives readers to newspaper and magazine websites and thus helps them generate advertising revenue and find new subscribers.