prismatic logoName: Prismatic
Cost: Free
Platform: iOS 5 or later (Android version expected later this year and there is a web-based version.)

Mobile news readers, you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. Sure, some offer a few features that help them to stand out from the crowd, but are any of them really that different? Well, if you believe Slate, Prismatic is the “world’s smartest news reader.” And, I tend to agree. Why would I say that? Watch the screencast below to find out.


Prismatic is a news reader that you might want to use yourself as a way to keep up and read articles that you might not otherwise find. (Nick Bilton from The New York Times said a similar thing about a year ago.) And, it could be a really useful way for teens to find information on topics in which they are interested. Check it out and see what you think.

For more apps for youth services librarians and the teens they serve, check out the App of the Week archive. Know an app you would like us to spotlight? Let us know.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President and the Youth and Family Learning Manager at the Seattle Public Library.

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