A Usenet newreader is what makes it possible to read and download from Usenet and just like you need a web brower to surf the Internet, you are going to need a newsreader to read Usenet newsgroups.
First, if you are just reading messages on Usenet and participating in discussion groups then I would recommend Thunderbird from Mozilla. Thunderbird works well, is FREE and available for Windows, Mac and Linux so for regular reading and conversation on Usenet its perfect. It can be a bit tricky to use the first time but we have some advice and configuration tips in our review of Thunderbird.
If you will be downloading binary files from Usenet then you will definitely need a Usenet newsreader. Our top recommendation is Newsbin for $35 however there are several other options both cheaper and more expensive.
Its going to be hard to go wrong with our top three newsreader recommendations however when choosing here are a few points that you should keep in mind.
Be sure to check out our Usenet Newsreader comparison chart to see our latest recommendations.
Now let's move on and talk about how to search on Usenet