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Longreads Is Joining the Automattic Family

We will continue to serve this community just as we always have, and we can't wait for what's next.
PUBLISHED: April 9, 2014

Longreads Member Drive Update: 400 New Members in Our First Day, plus Digg Buys the First Group Membership

Yesterday, we asked for your help, and you responded. Thanks to you, we welcomed 400 new Longreads Members.

We’re now at 1,400 members—that’s great progress, but we’re still less than halfway to our goal of 5,000 Longreads Members. We need your help to keep spreading the word.

You can share your support on Twitter here.

We’re also excited to announce that the team at Digg has purchased a group membership for its staff! We’d like to thank them for their support.

If your company would like to buy a Longreads Membership for its employees, simply use our PayPal donation page to purchase them ($30/year for each employee), then email us with the names of your employees:

We’ll keep updating you on our progress, and thank you again for everything.

PUBLISHED: Oct. 15, 2013

Announcing the Longreads Member Drive: Help Us Reach 5,000 Members

My name is Mark Armstrong, and four and a half years ago, I created Longreads.

What started as an afternoon project has now grown into something much bigger—a global community of readers, sharing what they love, across both nonfiction and fiction. Along the way we’ve built Longreads into a trusted service that recommends the best stories on the web, and tracks down stories never before published online.

Our service is self-funded, built by four people (and many contributors) who have worked nights and weekends to create something we believe in.

Now we need your help to keep this service running. We want to make good on our vision to build Longreads into a truly global hub for readers, writers and publishers.

Today, we’re announcing the Longreads Member Drive: A new way for you to support this service and give the entire #Longreads community a stake in our future.

PUBLISHED: Oct. 13, 2013

Playlist: Richard Feynman and 'The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out'

"How foolish they are to try to make something." Here's the classic 1981 BBC interview highlighting the work of theoretical physicist Richard Feynman, "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out." You can also read Feynman's book of the same name.
PUBLISHED: July 15, 2013

Playlist: 5 Pioneering Computer Demos, featuring MIT, Stanford and Xerox

Last week we lost a pioneer of early computing, Doug Engelbart, and Tom Foremski has an excellent short backstory about the inventor of the mouse. It was Engelbart's 1968 demo of computer graphical user interfaces that inspired everything we now use today—yet despite his many accomplishments Engelbart struggled in later years to get attention or funding for his work.
PUBLISHED: July 9, 2013

Viewing and Reading List: The Wisdom of Mr. Rogers

Last week, the below YouTube video resurfaced on Twitter to remind me about everything I loved, and still love, about Mr. Rogers. It’s a clip from the 1997 Daytime Emmys, where Fred McFeely Rogers accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award:
PUBLISHED: July 2, 2013

My Top 5 #Longreads on the Business of Film, Music and Books

Longreads' Mark Armstrong on Steven Soderbergh's "State of the Cinema" and four other recommended stories about the movie, music and publishing industries.
PUBLISHED: May 5, 2013

Longreads Is Joining Forces with The Atlantic

We have some big news to share today: Longreads is teaming up with The Atlantic, in a partnership that will allow us to expand our site and membership model—and continue to serve this community of readers, writers and publishers.

Read more about our plans together, as well as details about our community membership and advertising model.
PUBLISHED: April 5, 2013

Frontline and Longreads: Inside Obama's Presidency

Coming Tuesday from Frontline: "Inside Obama's Presidency." We've collected a list of stories from Obama's first term—share your favorite presidential stories on Twitter with the hashtag #longreads.
PUBLISHED: Jan. 14, 2013