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The Best Long-Form Stories on the Web

According to a report from Forrester, the eBook and eReader market has now hit a point where it is ready to break out of its niche and become a mainstream phenomenon. This has been a breakout year for eBook and eReader—device sales will have more than tripled by the end of this year, and content sales are up 176% for the year. Here, I’m going to introduce a unique eBook publisher, LongReads.com, which used an extraordinary idea to enter this new market and differentiated between other competitors.

 

Twitter, Facebook, blog posts, and text messages can often convey thoughts and ideas in a small, constrained number of words. While reading short bits of information may be informative and even helpful at times, LongReads.com collects lengthy articles that every article contained more than 4000 words.

 

This idea came from Mark Armstrong, director of content at internet startup Bundle. After making too many frustrating 40-minute commutes with an empty Instapaper queue, he decided to ask for some help. His idea: convince both consumers and producers of news to rally around the concept of “longreads.” Armstrong snapped up the @longreads Twitter handle and hyped the #longreads Twitter tag — for use on tweeted links to lengthy stories.

 

The Longreads.com database contains a growing archive of long, newsworthy, and relevant stories available online, tagged by category and length. They posts links to new stories every day, which include long-form journalism, magazine stories from your favorite publications (The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic), short stories, interview transcripts, and even historical documents. Moreover, each piece on the LongReads.com site indicates the number of words and, using the average reading speed, the approximate amount of time it will take to read.

Longreads is aimed at pulling the longer, still relevant, and enjoyable content from the web, and categorizing it in a way that allows the reader to enjoy it at their leisure — on a couch, on a train, or anywhere else where you can spare more than five minutes to read a thoughtful piece.

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