New iPad App Curates Short Stories From Around The Web
Paragraph Shorts, a new iPad app launched earlier this month, offers readers a one-stop shop for all the best short stories available online ('best' of course being a relative term, but you get the idea). Paragraph culls its content from sources like The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Guardian. The first three issues contain stories by Etger Keret, Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan, Ray Bradbury, and Shirley Jackson, amongst others.
The selection isn't limited to print stories either. The aforementioned Etger Keret entry, for instance, also features a recording of Ira Glass (This American Life) reading the tale. Some stories are audio only, some are videos-- basically, if its a good story, Paragraph will feature it, regardless of is medium.
"We decided to create Paragraph because we love short stories and we found it incredibly hard to discover them," says curator Ziv Navoth. "[T]here are many stories that are accessible, if you only knew where to look. We thought it would be cool if you didn't have to."
Paragraph offers a clean, intuitive interface and a sleek, minimalist design. Beautiful photographs accompany every story, and there's even a featured new song imbedded into every issue, giving readers "a moveable feast for the eye, ear and mind."
Issues come out every week and are automatically downloaded to iPad's Newsstand. Subscriptions and the app itself are both free. iPad users can download Paragraph here. There's no word yet on whether the developers plan to release an Android or non-iOS version.
Who's going to download this app? Are there any other applications or web pages with a similar concept?
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