10 Apps & Sites That Bring Back the Joy of Reading
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The newest app on my list, Longform just came out this week. It’s the creation of Aaron Lammer and Max Linsky, the same team behind the excellent curation service Longform.org. We published a long Q&A with Lammer yesterday so I’ll keep this summary brief: Longform’s iPad app collects recent long-form articles (2,000 words or more) from 25 hand-picked publications, including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Esquire, Mother Jones, National Geographic, The New York Review of Books, and of course Longform.org itself, which highlights three or four new long-form articles every day.
Lammer told me that he and Linsky originally started Longform.org as a way to help people find material to fill up their Instapaper queues, but eventually decided that Instapaper was a little too complicated, and that some readers might appreciate direct access to long articles from the websites’ top publications. Their app shows articles either in their original Web settings or in a de-cluttered reading view. It can show articles from your Readability reading list (see next item). It also lets you share articles via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr, or save them to your Readability, Instapaper, or Read It Later accounts.
Next app: Readability.