Reading on the iPad might be one of the most popular activities for iPad users, especially when it comes to catching up on the news. Of course iPad includes Newsstand, a gathering place for publications and subscriptions, but you might want to explore a news aggregator or want to get a particular publication app for its unique features. This article shows you some of the best news app.

Newsy: Video News

Free

TechCrunch called Newsy: Video News (by Media Convergence Group, Inc.) a "must download" app. If you like to be updated on world events in small video snippets, choose from categories such as World, U.S., Politics, Business, Entertainment, and Technology to download the video stories that interest you to watch offline. You can download in either standard quality or HD, read a transcript of each video, look up the source of the story, comment on it, or share it. You can also create playlists of stories and watch them online.

All World News Radio

Free

Tune into more than 1,000 news stations around the world to get a truly global perspective on current events. This news search engine can find your local stations automatically, as well. One nice feature is that you can play these radio stations in the background while doing other work or playing on your iPad. All World News Radio even allows you to record programs so that you can play today's news back tomorrow.

Watch ESPN

Free

The Watch ESPN app (by ESPN, Inc.) lets you get live video streaming of all manner of sports from the several ESPN channels. From regular season games to those playoffs that support the entire hot wing and pizza industries, you can watch football, tennis, soccer — you name it. You'll also find sports news programs and all the usual commentary made up of personal opinion and insightful hindsight.

Reuters News

Free

Reuters is one of the oldest providers of news from around the world, and the Reuters app continues its tradition of news for businesspeople and professionals. If you take your news seriously, you'll enjoy the well-written articles on everything from news events to entertainment and the stock market. You can even load your content offline to read when you can't get a connection.