Reading the BMJ on a tablet device

The BMJ launched its iPad app in January 2011, and its app for Android devices in 2015. Both products are free for BMA members and can be purchased as a personal subscription (single issue, or monthly subscription), via Apple’s Newsstand, and Google Play stores.

What’s included

• Latest research, “state of the art” and other clinical reviews, practice articles, news, features, analysis, and comment (editorials, personal views, etc)
• Embedded audio, video, and infographics
• Offline reading
• Links to related recent content from the bmj.com archive
• Ability to respond to articles
• Ability to bookmark articles and add notes
• Cleaner library display format, showing current and past issues
• FREE to BMA members

The BMJ iPad app

Download from the iTunes store and Google Play stores, and preview a sample issue.

The BMJ iPad app is the weekly print issue, but with added “online first” articles and extra features, including embedded video, audio, infographics, links to archived content, and the ability to bookmark and add notes.

The BMJ app is free to download from the iTunes store, with a sample issue included. A four week subscription costs £10.49, which provides you with instant access to the current issue plus the 3 subsequent issues. You can also buy past issues at the single issue price of £4.99.

The BMJ iPad app: FAQ

• Tell me more about The BMJ’s iPad app
The BMJ’s iPad apps is for readers who want to browse The BMJ as they would the weekly print journal wherever they are in the world, with the option of reading offline.
Many readers like to access a “curated” version of The BMJ, but with the added interactivity that the print journal cannot deliver (bookmarking, adding notes, responding to articles, interactive graphics, audio and video, etc).

• Do you still have to pay if you already have a print and/or online subscription?
Yes. It will be necessary to purchase a separate BMJ iPad subscription within the app, as it is not included with a print and/or online subscription. The BMJ iPad app was developed as a separate product to the print and web versions of The BMJ, and sits on a separate platform (iTunes Newsstand). The app itself is free to download from Newsstand. This includes a free sample issue. A four week subscription costs £10.49. This provides you with instant access to the current issue plus the 3 subsequent issues. You can also buy past issues at the single issue price of £4.99.

• Do BMA members get the iPad issues for free?
Yes, BMA members now get iPad issues of The BMJ for free. Visit this registration page to sign up.

Users who have provided their BMA membership number in a previous My Account registration will have automatic free access when logging in on the iPad library screen. They will have to login via the library screen again each time a new issue appears, and to access the news feed on the app.

• Do non-BMA members who subscribe to The BMJ (such as institutions or individual subscribers) get the iPad for free?
No, other publishers may no longer be able to offer the iPad app to their subscribers for free. See this link for more information.

• Can I substitute my print copy of The BMJ for an iPad version?
Some readers may see their iPad as a means of reducing their reliance on printed journals for environmental reasons. But at the moment we have no plans to offer it as an alternative. This is mainly for cost reasons. Secondly, the print journal brings in important revenue from advertising. We are looking at ways to encourage advertisers to make use of the iPad app. As usage of the app increases, more of them may be persuaded to do this. Thirdly, our weekly print run would have to reduce substantially to deliver cost savings. BMJ Group has a very active campaign to reduce its carbon footprint. This includes printing the BMJ on recycled paper.

• What does a 4-week subscription entitle me to?
It entitles you to the current issue and the following three. You can also buy back issues at the single issue price of £4.99

• How can I give my feedback?
If you have any further questions, email support@bmj.com.

The BMJ iPad app: Troubleshooting

BMA Members unable to view/download issues
If you are BMA Member, correctly signed in via the in-app login, but still unable to view/download the latest issues, please follow these steps:

• Check that you running the latest iOS (operating system for your device)?
• Ensure that you have downloaded the latest version of the App from iTunes.
• Delete the App and re-install (you may have to re-download some issues if they are missing)

Please contact support (support@bmjgroup.com) if you are still unable to download issues

Purchases via the App Store—unable to view /download issues

If you are not a BMA member but someone who has bought issues via iTunes, please follow the same steps as above, excluding the in-app login (your login via iTunes will enable any purchase to be authenticated).

If the App is crashing either when opening or while trying to view content

To help us solve this problem for you we need to get the crash logs off the device used to run The BMJ application. Here is what you should do:

• Sync your device with iTunes

• PC users go to: C:\Users\[UserHome]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\Logs\CrashReporter\MobileDevice\[UserDevice]
• Mac users go to: [UserHome]/Library/Logs/CrashReporter

• Please send the .crash files from the above location as an email attachment to support@bmjgroup.com. The files will be prefixed with the app name and there should be 1 .crash file for each crash (only after a sync).
• Where possible, please supply a screenshot showing the problem/error message.

Advertising opportunities for iPad

The BMJ iPad app will have full page advertising positions available. If you want to find out more please contact:

Marc Clifford
E: mclifford@bmjgroup.com
T: + 44 (0) 20 7383 6161

The BMJ Android app

Download from the Google Play store, and preview a sample issue.

The BMJ android app is the weekly print issue, but with added “online first” articles and extra features, including embedded video, audio, infographics, links to archived content, and the ability to bookmark and add notes.

The BMJ Android app is free to download. A four week auto-renewing subscription costs £10.49. This provides you with instant access to the current issue plus the three subsequent issues. You can also buy past issues at the single issue price of £3.99.
The North America price is US $9.99/CAN$12.55 for a monthly auto-renewing subscription (the single issue price is US$2.99/CAN$3.75).

The BMJ iPad app: FAQ

• Tell me more about The BMJ’s Android app
The BMJ’s Android app is for readers who want to browse The BMJ as they would the weekly print journal wherever they are in the world, with the option of reading offline.
Many readers like to access a “curated” version of The BMJ, but with the added interactivity that the print journal cannot deliver (bookmarking, adding notes, responding to articles, interactive graphics, audio and video, etc).

• Do you still have to pay if you already have a print and/or online subscription?
Yes. It will be necessary to purchase a separate BMJ Android subscription within the app, as it is not included with a print and/or online subscription. The BMJ Android app was developed as a separate product to the print and web versions of The BMJ, and sits on a separate platform (Newsstand). The app itself is free to download from Newsstand. This includes a free sample issue. A four week subscription costs £10.49. This provides you with instant access to the current issue plus the 3 subsequent issues. You can also buy past issues at the single issue price of £4.99.

• Do BMA members get the Android issues for free?
Yes, BMA members now get Android issues of The BMJ for free. Visit this registration page to sign up.

Users who have provided their BMA membership number in a previous My Account registration will have automatic free access when logging in on the Android library screen. They will have to login via the library screen again each time a new issue appears, and to access the news feed on the app.

• Do non-BMA members who subscribe to The BMJ (such as institutions or individual subscribers) get the Android for free?
No, other publishers may no longer be able to offer the Androidapp to their subscribers for free. See this link for more information.

• Can I substitute my print copy of The BMJ for an Android version?
Some readers may see their phone as a means of reducing their reliance on printed journals for environmental reasons. But at the moment we have no plans to offer it as an alternative. This is mainly for cost reasons. Secondly, the print journal brings in important revenue from advertising. We are looking at ways to encourage advertisers to make use of the Android app. As usage of the app increases, more of them may be persuaded to do this. Thirdly, our weekly print run would have to reduce substantially to deliver cost savings. BMJ Group has a very active campaign to reduce its carbon footprint. This includes printing the BMJ on recycled paper.

• What does a 4-week subscription entitle me to?
It entitles you to the current issue and the following three. You can also buy back issues at the single issue price of £4.99

• How can I give my feedback?
If you have any further questions, email support@bmj.com.

Advertising opportunities for Android

The BMJ Android app will have full page advertising positions available. If you want to find out more please contact:

Marc Clifford
E: mclifford@bmjgroup.com
T: + 44 (0) 20 7383 6161