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Authentication Methods

PressReader (web and app version) is available to patrons by various ways of connection. As a subscriber to PressReader, we need ensure this service is provided to those you wish to grant access to. The following methods communicate to PressReader that the user indeed has sponsored access courtesy of your institution.

[Best for onsite access] - IP Address

IP authentication is a great way to secure your HotSpot and authenticate guests when they are onsite. It is very specific and targeted.

How to set up?

In order to set up IP authentication for your library, please email your IP address(es) to libraries@pressreader.com. IPs must be:

  • Public
  • Static
  • IPV4

PressReader verifies all IP addresses to ensure they are indeed accurate to the library's/institute's location. Please notify us of any exceptions you are aware of ie. hosts from other locations or organizations that should belong to your account.

Not sure what's your IP address? Click here to find out.

IP addresses of the type 10.*.*.*, 172.[16-31].*, and 192.168.*.* are reserved for use in internal networks such as computers behind a firewall or proxy server that are not useful for authentication purpose.

Your IP is determined in the agreement with your Internet Service Provider. It is often possible to upgrade to a static IP address for professional use.

How will patrons authenticate?

  • Use any device connected to the library's wifi network
  • Visit www.PressReader.com or by download the latest PressReader app

IP troubleshooting

IP connection is very straight forward to troubleshoot. If a patron it’s not being to authenticated, it could be that:

  1. The patron is not connected to the library's network or,
  2. The IP address is not registered with PressReader.

 

[Best to control traffic from your website to ours] - URL Referrer

Referring URL Authentication is a method to offer patrons off-site access from your website by setting up an authenticated link to PressReader from a secure and/or password-protected web page. When a user clicks on the PressReader URL, our referring URL uses a standard HTTP Referrer command to verify the URL of your webpage that directs them to PressReader. If this URL is registered on PressReader, the user will be granted access.

How to set up?

Please send us the URL where PressReader link is located in a secure part of your website, as well as login credentials to test the access. Please note:

  • URL referral should be located behind a “sign-in page” to secure access to publishers’ content.
  • Both http and https are supported. For https, the redirect must run directly to https://www.pressreader.com (not http://pressreader.com).

Example URL Referrer: https://www.exampleuniversity.edu/library/databases/

The SSL-certificate is bound only to subdomains of www.PressReader.com. Once the account has been set up, please visit the website to make ensure service is properly promoted to your patrons.

How will patrons authenticate?

Patrons will visit the library's website, locate PressReader link, and enter their login credentials. After successfully logging in, they will be directed to the PressReader website.

URL Referrer is used for patrons accessing by a web browser. For patrons who would like to use the app, they should first access PressReader through the browser. Once connected to PressReader, sign in or sign up with a personal account. This will enable users to "carry their extended access” from the URL authentication to their personal PressReader account. When they sign in to the app with this PressReader account (email and password), limited amount of time (usually 24 hours) of access will be granted before having to re-authenticate their device. 

URL Referrer troubleshooting

If patrons are not being authenticated, please check if this is an isolated case or if multiple users are experiencing the same issue.

If this is an isolated issue, you should be able to identify one of the following problems:

  • Patron has invalid library login credentials.
  • Patron’s device (computer, laptop, mobile, tablet) does not meet minimum requirements to access PressReader.

If access problems are occurring throughout, please notify libraries@pressreader.com with detailed description of your connection attempts.

[Best for browser experience] - Proxy

PressReader enables libraries to authenticate users through a proxy server as long as access to the proxy server is restricted to authorized users at your institution.

How to set up?

To enable proxy authentication for your institution, please send us your proxy server IP address, URL to PressReader link, and login credentials so we can test the access.

How to set up Sierra and EzProxy?

In addition to server IP, URL and login credentials, please ensure,

  • you have set up our latest stanza configurations found below,
  • EzProxy version is 6.1 or higher,
  • and TLS 1.1 and 1.2 enable is enabled.

Please also add us to your whitelist.

Stanza

HTTPHeader Access-Control-Allow-*

Title PressReader
URL http://pressreader.com

HJ https://library.pressdisplay.com
HJ https://www.pressreader.com

Host https://www.pressdisplay.com
Host www.pressreader.com
Host https://www.pressreader.com

DJ pressdisplay.com
D pressreader.com

HJ ndcdsca005.cloudapp.net
HJ ndcdsca006.cloudapp.net
HJ ndcdsca007.cloudapp.net
HJ ndcdsca008.cloudapp.net
HJ ndcdsca009.cloudapp.net
HJ ndcds.trafficmanager.net
HJ services.pressdisplay.com
HJ services.pressreader.com
HJ secure.newspaperdirect.com

neverproxy cdn-res.pressreader.com
neverproxy cdn2-res.pressreader.com
neverproxy services.pressreader.com
neverproxy svc.pressreader.com

How will patrons authenticate?

Patrons will visit your library's website, click on the PressReader link, and enter their login credentials. After signing in, they will be directed to the PressReader website.

Please note, Proxy authentication is used for patrons accessing through a web browser. For patrons that would like to use the app they should first access the www.pressreader.com from their browser, sign in or sign up with a PressReader personal account, then “carry their extended (radiant) access” to their favorite device. Once the radiant access is over, simply visit the library's website again to re-authenticate.

Proxy troubleshooting

If patrons are not being authenticated, please check if this is an isolated case or if multiple users are experiencing the same issue.

If this is an isolated issue, you should be able to identify one of the following problems:

  • Patron has invalid library login credentials.
  • Patron’s device does not meet the minimum requirements to access PressReader.

If access problems are occurring throughout, please notify libraries@pressreader.com with detailed description of your connection attempts.

[Best for mobile experience] - Library Card using SIP2

PressReader offers Library Card login directly on our platform for libraries using SIP2 as the communication protocol. This method allows for simple offsite access to PressReader. Patrons are not required to physically connect to your library's network, nor need to visit any other page other than PressReader's. Library card sign in is available for both browser and app platforms.

How to set up?

Please send us the following information:

  • IP Server (must be public and static)
  • Port number (must be open for PressReader, IP ranges below)
  • Location Code (optional)
  • User Login (SIP User)
  • User Password (SIP Pwd)
  • Login credentials for testing (Library card number/barcode and pin)

The following IP addresses is must be added to the Library's firewall whitelist to enable access to our servers:

  • Test (office) network (IP/subnet mask): 204.50.102.0/255.255.255.0
  • Production network (IP/subnet mask): 207.34.140.0/255.255.255.0

How will patrons authenticate?

Patrons will visit www.PressReader.com or launch PressReader app, select Sign in – Library Card – Choose your library – and enter library card number and PIN.

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SIP2 troubleshooting

If patrons are not being authenticated, please check if this is an isolated case or if multiple users are experiencing the same issue.

If this is an isolated issue, you should be able to identify one of the following problems:

  • Patron has invalid library login credentials

If access problems are occurring throughout, please notify libraries@pressreader.com with detailed description of your connection attempts.

*Note, only libraries who are authenticated by SIP2 protocol will appear in the Library Card sign in option on PressReader.

[Best for single sign on] - OpenAthens

PressReader offers OpenAthens integration directly on our platform. This method allows simple offsite access to PressReader for your patrons using single sign on.

How to set up?

Please send us the following information:

  • Entity ID
  • Scope
  • Login credentials for testing (email address or username/password)

You must enable “Extended Attributes” for PressReader to receive patrons’ first and last name to authenticate their access.

How will patrons authenticate?

Patrons will visit www.PressReader.com, select Sign in – Library Card – Choose your library – and click on the OpenAthens button. They will then be redirected to the OpenAthens page. They will be required to sign in once more to be redirected back to PressReader.

OpenAthens troubleshooting

If patrons are not being authenticated, please verify if this is an isolated case or if multiple users are experiencing the same issue.

If this is an isolated issue, you should be able to identify the following problem:

  • Patron has invalid OpenAthens credentials

If access problems are occurring throughout, please notify libraries@pressreader.com with detailed description of your connection attempts.

Geo fencing

 

Geo fencing is a virtual perimeter we create around your library that notifies people nearby: "PressReader is available at this library!". The value of this is to drive traffic and create brand awareness. As a library, you are a resource for collections of stories and information. With PressReader, you are also a leader in providing premium newspaper and magazine content from all over the world. 

Geo fencing grants visitors who have the PressReader app a limited access, courtesy of your library. This gifted access usually runs for 3 hours. To activate this on a mobile device, simply enable local services and gifts enabled on the app.

Minimum System Requirements 

For best user experience with PressReader, we recommend following these minimum requirements to ensure the web platform and mobile application work properly.

Website Technical Requirements

PressReader website requires the latest version of any browser except Microsoft Edge (not certified yet).

PressReader uses FlashPlayer to display content so you will be required to install it on your computer if it is not already embedded in your browser.

PressReader website minimum requirement:

Windows:

Windows 7 Operating System or higher version is required. For Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, please install the PressReader Application from Windows Store for better user experience with touch screen.

Mac

Mac computers require the latest version of OS X - 10.10 (Yosemite) or 10.11 (El Capitan).

Internet access with a public IP address and PressReader Servers HTTP requests must go through your firewall/proxy following your security policies.

PressReader Application requirements

Download the latest PressReader App in your mobile App Store. PressReader supports applications for the following devices.

Additional connections:

Whitelist

A whitelist is a simple list of applications that have been granted permission by the user or an administrator. When an application tries to execute, it is automatically checked against the list and, if found, allowed to run.

If you are having issues loading PressReader web platform, please add the whitelist below and try your access again.

Domains:

T Press Display

U http://library.pressdisplay.com

DJ pressdisplay.com

IP Addresses:

  • 204.50.102.246
  • 204.50.102.50
  • 207.34.140.253

We are using these services too:

  • Library.PressDisplay.com
  • PressReader.com
  • ndcdsca005.cloudapp.net
  • ndcdsca006.cloudapp.net
  • ndcdsca007.cloudapp.net
  • ndcdsca008.cloudapp.net
  • ndcdsca009.cloudapp.net
  • ndcds.trafficmanager.net
  • services.pressdisplay.trafficmanager.net
  • service.pressdisplay.com
  • cache3-res.pressdisplay.com
  • cache3-tts.pressdisplay.com
  • cache3-img1.pressdisplay.com
  • cache3-img2.pressdisplay.com
  • cache3-img3.pressdisplay.com
  • cache3-img4.pressdisplay.com
  • cache3-services.pressdisplay.com